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MSU ready to take on Broncos under the lights at Spartan Stadium

By Dillon Davis

Head coach Mark Dantonio watches practice Aug. 9 at the practice field outside Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

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hen the lights go on in Spartan Stadium, fans have come to expect the MSU football team in primetime form.

A day of tailgating and fraternizing on campus leads fans to pour into Spartan Stadium and generate one of the nation's most lively atmospheres. And whether it's quarterback Kirk Cousins' 44-yard Hail Mary to Keith Nichol to beat Wisconsin in 2011 or wide receiver Blair White's hook-and-ladder play to put MSU in a position to score in a losing effort to Iowa in 2009, the night game has become a popular staple for superior football in East Lansing. Even in the shadow of a disappointing season in 2012, including a home loss to Notre Dame, then-junior running back Le’Veon Bell provided the season's most superior highlight in primetime — hurdling Boise State safety Jeremy Ioane en route to rushing for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-13 victory on opening night. Illuminated by temporary stadium lights and the glow of multimillion dollar video boards, the Spartans kick off the regular season against Western Michigan on Friday night at Spartan Stadium (8 p.m., Big Ten Network). “The history of what (Fleck’s) done is based on his résumé as an assistant where he’s been. We’ve looked deep into those areas, both offensively, defensively and special teams,” MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Obviously, there’s some things that we don’t know about Western as they come into this game.” Max-imize the opportunity Few were surprised the major

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question coming into the regular season was about the quarterback position. After struggling for much of 2012, senior Andrew Maxwell knew he’d be coming into fall camp battling for his job with sophomore Connor Cook. However, Maxwell ended up with a little more competition than he could have expected. Earlier this week, Dantonio released his depth chart for the season opener, slotting Maxwell as the co-starter at quarterback along with Cook, redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor and freshman Damion Terry. spartan football

Go to page 6 to see photos of past MSU home night games Maxwell will get the first crack at starting for the Spartans and said he feels confident stepping back into the top spot. “I’m excited we can kind of put all of that past us and we can focus on putting points on the scoreboard and winning the game right now,” Maxwell said. “That’s what’s really important. That’s what we want the story to be, that’s where we want the focus to be.” See SHOWTIME on page 2 u

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Fans sure to learn about MSU tonight If you (somehow) miss whatever happens inside Spartan Stadium tonight, don’t feel bad. Go ahead and pass "Go,"

collect your $200, move right past the final score and fix your eyes on the box score. There’s no question MSU’s coaches and players will be twitching with anticipation to finally line up against a different colored jersey at 8 p.m. tonight. Poor Western Michigan, led by 32-year-old, first-time head coach P.J. Fleck, likely is walking into a hornet's nest under the lights. For MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, it is the first opportunity MSU has to let loose and rid itself of any lingering ill feelings from a disappointing 2012.

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Senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell hands off the ball to junior running back Nick Hill during practice Aug. 14 at the practice field outside Duffy Daugherty Football Buildng. Maxwell is set to start at quarterback for MSU Friday night.

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Patrons sit at the bar to order beer, Aug. 22 at the opening of HopCat East Lansing, 300 Grove St. The restaurant, owned by alumnus Mark Sellers, opened its doors for the first time last week, offering free Crack Fries to the first 200 patrons.

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MSU officials hope that the phrase "Go Green" will take on a whole new meaning for the 2013 MSU football season. The MSU Office of Campus Sustainability is taking steps to make Spartan Stadium a Zero Waste stadium for the first time this year. A Zero Waste stadium diverts approximately 96 percent of waste from landfills, and while that's not a realis-

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tic goal at the moment, educating football fans about game day recycling is a great place to start, MSU Waste Reduction Coordinator Dave Smith said. "Eventually, we'll be looking at options for composting waste coming out of the stadium, converting glassware and disposable products into compostable material," Smith said. "Composting stadium material waste isn't possible for us yet, so educating fans as they dispose materials will be key. He said they’ll have about 80 recycling containers with trash cans throughout the stadium.

Student Recycling Coordinator Emily Wilson is heading up the volunteer effort for Friday’s home game. "We're hoping the interest will grow throughout the year," Wilson said. "We've been advertising and recruiting in (the) off-season, in the late spring and over the summer break. It's already growing in popularity as the fall semester gets going." Student volunteers will man recycling stations in each section of Spartan Stadium during this See STADIUM on page 2 u

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Women’s soccer team ready to start new season after months of preparation

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Officials warn of gameday traffic

Campus operations are set to shift in the run-up to tonight's MSU home football opener against Western Michigan. MSU is looking to beat the Broncos in preparation for Big Ten play. Infrastructure changes also have become the norm in previous night games on campus. Some lots, including Lot A, on the north side of IM-Sports West, and Lot C, on the west side of Spartan Stadium, closed at 5 p.m. Thursday to restrict access to vehicles. The lots will open at 3:30 p.m. Friday in preparation for football parking. Other campus lots and ramps will remain open until 1:30 p.m. Friday, when MSU Police staff will restrict access to the remainder of the football parking lots. By 3 p.m., the university is encouraging faculty and staff to begin leaving campus in preparation for an influx of thousands of visitors to Spartan Stadium. On Friday, as during the remaining home games, Red Cedar Road will be closed from Shaw Lane to Chestnut Road. Traffic in the north and west parts of campus will be affected after the game because of the changed configuration of Michigan Avenue and Beal Street. beau hayhoe

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Maxwell, Spartans ready for visting Broncos, looking to tune-up for Big Ten schedule from page one

Maxwell replaced Spartan great Kirk Cousins in 2012 and threw for 2,606 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. And when the offense struggled during the 7-6 campaign, Maxwell caught much of the blame from the media and fans. Speaking of the opportunity to play afforded to each of his quarterbacks, Dantonio said the key for Maxwell is to stay productive and keep the offense moving down the field. “Giving the keys to the car to somebody, they’ve got to bring it back full,” Dantonio said. “What that means is you have to move the football, move our football team, we need to be successful.”

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Questions, uncertainty remain for Spartans on both sides of football from page one

Spoiler alert: the Spartans should win this game decisively. And if they don’t, well, then their flaws are deeper than they appear on the surface. Dantonio should be able to evaluate a variety of players in valuable game action, and fans will get their first glimpse at what this year’s team could be. “We need to start building our reputation as a football team — that starts this Friday," Dantonio said. "We’ll be ready to play.” Obviously, no team begins the college football season a finished product. But it sort of seems like MSU still hasn’t finished drawing up the blueprint. For example, officially naming a starting quarterback three days before the season-opener doesn’t exact-

Fleck of the wrist P.J. Fleck had a decision to make. A former standout wide receiver at Northern Illinois, Fleck signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. Buried on the depth chart and marred with a shoulder injury, then-49ers head coach Mike Nolan made the decision to cut Fleck in 2006, but offered him an opportunity to stay on as an assistant coach. With an opportunity on the table to continue his playing career or take the coaching opportunity with the 49ers, Fleck decided to consult his wife, Tracie, before moving forward with any decision. But then, Fleck received an unexpected phone call from Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel — a call that changed Fleck’s life forever. “We decided a break away from the NFL would be the best thing for us instead of coaching players that I just got done competing with,” Fleck said, having been offered a Position on Tressel’s staff. “A few days later, we were in Columbus, a few days

before training camp. “Within that short amount of time, I was able to capture everything Jim Tressel had to offer and I felt like that place truly made me who I am today.” Now, as the youngest head coach in Division I football with Western Michigan, Fleck said he owes a lot to an opportunity given to him by Tressel, which also draws similarities to MSU’s coaching staff. Dantonio as well as co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and linebackers and special teams coach Mike Tressel — nephew of Jim Tressel — have ties to the Ohio State program. And according to Fleck, there’s a specific code of conduct that comes along with it. “When you look at everybody who has coached for Jim Tressel or went through the Ohio State program, there’s a class about them,” Fleck said. “There’s a certain class, there’s a certain integrity and way you respect the game. And I think Mark Dantonio is no different.”

ly seem ideal. Even more unique is the four quarterbacks listed as co-starters on the depth chart. We’re going to see at least one other quarterback in sophomore Connor Cook, and maybe even redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor and freshman Damion Terry as well. We know junior Jeremy Langford will start at running back, but how many carries will he get? How many of the other backs will see the field? Will the wide receivers show instant improvement under the literal spotlight? How long will the starting defenders play? “I think certainly our goal is to please fans, but my main goal isn’t to please fans,” Maxwell said, noting he wants to please his teammates and coaches with his play. The beauty of opening the season against the Broncos is that Dantonio and the coaching staff can (and probably will) figure it out as they go. This game basically serves as a glorified scrimmage. Because of that, you can expect to see heavy substitutions and plenty of playing time to go around. The most important takeaway from this game will be

individual performances and statistics. Judging MSU against itself should be much more telling than how the Spartans fare against an out-gunned Western Michigan, especially since they’ll likely utilize mix-and-match rotations. Whether Maxwell and the offense look crisp — or they completely stall — we likely won’t be subjected to a full game’s work from the starting unit. It won’t be fair to judge MSU as a whole until it plays as a whole. Tonight could prove to be the seeds of a great team, or it could send the Spartans back to the drawing board for a couple more weeks, especially with an unknown opponent. “Coach Fleck comes here 0‑0,” Dantonio said. “…Obviously there’s some things that we don’t know about Western as they come into this game.” Clearly there’s some things we don’t know about MSU yet, either. Let’s see what we learn tonight. Stephen Brooks is a State News football beat reporter. He can be reached at stephen.brooks@statenews.com

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No. 13 team in the nation, the Spartans enter a new season with plenty to prove as they open unranked and largely ignored in preseason Big Ten rankings. And for several players, it's caused a distinctive chip on their shoulders, with expectations still being the Big Ten's top team and earn a spot in the Rose Bowl — a place the program hasn't been since 1988. With the shortcomings of 2012 in mind, the team has brought a different mentality to fall practice. "We're really excited," senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler said. "You can tell (by) the way we're practicing. Everyone's practicing with a chip on their shoulder because last year was not what we wanted. We still got a lot of dreams and goals to accomplish as a program, so that's what we're trying to achieve." Beyond Western Michigan, the Spartans round out the regular

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Officials hope to push recycling during tailgating, build off RecycleMania success from page one

weekend's home game against Western Michigan, informing attendees about how to properly dispose of their garbage, Wilson said. There also will be a push to encourage recycling during tailgating, Wilson said, with MSU Sustainability staff visiting tailgating sites. The university saw recycling success last spring in the RecycleMania Tournament, a competition in which U.S.

season non-conference schedule with South Florida, Youngstown State and Notre Dame, respectively, before opening up Big Ten play on Oct. 5 against Iowa. MSU takes on in-state rival Michigan on Nov. 2. Much of the hype of the conference surrounds the Buckeyes and the No. 17 Wolverines, who are set for a Nov. 30 showdown. But regardless of hype, senior running back Nick Hill said the Spartans are the team to beat with a journey that starts against the Broncos on Friday night. “We’re the team to beat,” Hill said. “I don’t believe in Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan — I don’t believe in all that hype. The bottom line is, they have to beat us. “When you hit that field, you better strap up your cleats, you better tighten up your helmet, because it’s game time and you better bring everything you’ve got because you best believe we will.”

and Canadian colleges report the amount of recycling and trash collected over a period of 8 weeks, competing for the best recycling rates. According to the final RecycleMania data report, the Spartans recycled 1, 948 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent material — comparable to the energy consumption of 169 households, or taking 382 cars off the road. But in terms of game day recycling, there is room for improvement, Smith said, especially throughout the duration of the season. Although the Zero Waste initiative is a new idea, Smith has high hopes for home games this year. "We've had a good volunteer response so far," Smith said. "We want Spartans to know that almost every concession item they would buy can be recycled."

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Firefighter-owned sub shop to open Friday in East Lansing

Chemical engineering freshman Amy Murphy tapes string to a pasta structure, held by Lyman Briggs freshman Phil Erickson during a EGR 100 course Thursday in G79 Wilson Hall. Students were creating structures made with pasta, tape,and string to hold up a single marshmallow.

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Freshmen engineering class largest in decade By Geoff Preston

“When the economy dipped in 2008, we saw a lot of people switch to majors with a clear path to a better-paying job. ”

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The College of Engineering welcomed its largest freshmen class in more than a decade. The class is estimated at 1,284 students, an increase of more than 100 from last year. The number of incoming freshman has more than doubled since 2006, when the class was 640. Thomas Wolff, the college's associate dean of undergraduate studies, said this year's class is the largest in more than a decade. "When the economy dipped in 2008, we saw a lot of people switch to majors with a clear path

Thomas Wolff, associate dean of undergraduate studies for the College of Engineering

to a better paying job," he said. Wolff also cited rising numbers of international students and the Cornerstone and Residential Experience, a living learning community for engineering freshman, as another reason for the increase. "We talk to parents at orientation from New York or Virginia, and they say that the attraction (of MSU) is our first-year program,"

he said. The Cornerstone and Residential Experience, or CoRe, is aimed at encouraging students to collaborate on classwork. The program is based in Wilson Hall, where many of the freshman-level classes and academic advisers are housed. "I would like to think (our program) has a role in retaining those students," CoRe Director S. Pat-

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rick Walton said. "We try to get them more prepared for their later schoolwork, and making them more successful in the long haul." Engineering junior Pat Swiszcz said both of those aspects played a role of in attracting himself to the banks of the Red Cedar River. "I looked at the top engineering schools in the country and MSU was up there," Swiszcz said. “I visited and really liked the way the professors presented themselves, and the way that the department was structured."

A fiery, fresh sub shop with a mission to help local police and firefighters is rolling into East Lansing's business landscape Friday. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Firehouse Subs is set to open a new location Friday at 245 Ann St. to welcome the new students. Franchised by brothers Steven and Anthony Karmo and cousin Marius Essak, the East Lansing Firehouse Subs will be the eleventh to open in Michigan. After growing up in a family built on decades of police and fire service, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen envisioned a restaurant that would give something back to their community while paying tribute to those who serve and protect. In 1994, that vision became a reality with the opening of their first Firehouse Subs location. Eighteen years later, Firehouse Subs can be found at 653 different location s in 36 states and one in Puerto Rico. The franchise offers fresh subs with steamed meats and c heeses, wh ic h Fi rehouse Subs area representative John Kupiec said enhances the subs flavors. But that's not the only thing that sets them apart from other sub shops — Firehouse Subs also runs a public safety foundation that donates funds to equipment for firefighters, police and emergency response. "We sell the buckets that our pickles come in for $2, and all that money goes to the public safety foundation," Kupiec said. Since its inception, which he said is another part of their

“It was found by firefighters, that’s awesome. I would love to support not just because the business is cool but because it was created by firemen. ” Scott Tarnowsky, economics senior

commitment to give back to the community. The restaurant's interior also resembles an actual firehouse, an homage to the shop's founders. "It's not a theme, it's a culture," Kupiec said. To add to the firey motif of Firehouse Subs, the restaurant offers 50 different hot sauces to spice up the customers' experience. The opening of Firehouse Subs only will add to the business diversification in downtown East Lansing, Community Development Specialist Heather Pope said. "Firehouse Subs will provide another dining option for the community," Pope said. "It will be a nice addition to our mix of downtown restaurants." Economics senior Scott Tarnowsky was intrigued by the fact Firehouse Subs was created by firefighters and said the restaurant definitely seemed like something he would enjoy. "One, I am a very big fan of spicy food and I'm curious to taste their variety of sauces," Tarnowsky said. "And two, it was founded by firefighters, that's awesome. I would love to support (it) not just because the business is cool but because it was created by firemen."


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uring the hectic first day of classes, bells rang across the nation to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to Washington, D.C., where he thundered, “I have a dream” across the Reflecting Pool and into our country’s conscious.

The bells were a call to reflect on this nation’s past and present when it comes to issues of equality — a difficult task with our back-to-the-grind, first-day thoughts. The ringing bells might have made little impact as we ran to class, met with friends

statenews.com/blog. we haven’t seen and contemplated a hopeKing’s message, fully high grade-point average for the semes- although 50 years ter. However, the chimes should stand as a past, will continue to reminder of our personal responsibility to remain prominent for focus on things of greater importance than ourselves. decades “We should Too often, our daily schedto come. ules distract us from a higher challenge Why? calling to engage in conversa- ourselves to get Because those who tions of social responsibility. triumph over personal In King’s era, he faced involved with self-interest in fulfillment to obtain a truly equal society. threats of violence, mobi- social movements of their dreams rest long in “I have a dream that my four little children lized a civil rights movement of the day.” memory. will one day live in a nation where they will and challenged the prevailWhen King preached his not be judged by the color of their skin, but ing notions of race held by a visions of the world, he by the content of their character,” King said. nation. preached fervently of a humanity without bar- “I have a dream today.” He had a family. He had friends. He could riers dividing one another, of a future where Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Today. have left well enough alone and chosen a saf- people live prosperously and harmoniously. As students, the obstacles and distractions er path of inaction. But he didn’t. We, both individuals and institutions, have we endure are vastly different from King’s. We are simply tasked with continuing his leapt bounds in that direction. Even so, the mind can raise a mountain from mission by stepping outside ourselves to Now the fight of our ever-globalized world a molehill. reflect on his work, and the work of others, is not segregation, but integration. The goal We must find time every day to step away to make this world better and we should chal- is not solely to walk among one another in from our self-focus if we wish to reach the lenge ourselves to get involved with social indifference, but to understand where our plateau on which King’s vision rests and for movements of the day. peers are coming from and work with them which the bells still toll 50 years past.

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“Three do’s and don’ts for game attendance” One more “do not”: DO NOT LEAVE EARLY. It is an embarassment to see a large part of the previously-occupied student section empty by the third quarter. If you don’t have enough pride to stay the whole game, don’t bother to show up. Steve, Aug. 29

Please be classy... as an alum, it’s really embarrassing when a ton of drunken undergrads swear during cheers with children around. Go Green! Gotta have class!, Aug. 29

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Empty pockets: As cool as While the week leading into the it would be, you just can’t get first day of classes can be one for free drinks at the bar or use a the ages, as it’s definitely the best 100 percent off coupon on cases time of the year to lose all control of beer for the house. If you’re before you get into the grind of going to rage and party during classes, is it safe to say that it’s a Welcome Week, you’re going little overrated? Mayto have to spend a litbe that’s the four-year guest columnist tle more money than senior in me talking you intended. And not that has been there only are you spending and done that for the money on beverages, past three Septembut more than likely bers, but I think stuyou’re eating out the dents take the whole majority of the days Welcome Week pheas well. So before you nomena a little overeven attend your classboard. Scratch that. JAMES EDWARDS III es for the second time, Take very overboard. chances are your bank edwar473@msu.edu account is looking a People ever ylittle more depressing where: If you’re like me and than when you first stepped foot stay in East Lansing for all 12 back on campus. months, you notice a huge difAlong the same lines, we all ference in the campus popula- know how expensive books are. tion from the middle of July to With ridiculously late August. The student popu- high book prices lation multiplies by infinity. This on campus there leads to much slower traffic, lon- is a good chance ger restaurant lines, and crowd- that you’re going ed bars. If you don’t live in East to be dropping a Lansing when school is out then hefty amount of this might not mean as much to change on books you because you don’t notice a that you probadifference. Trust me, you notice bly will only open I think it when you want pancakes and once. Welcome students eggs from Leo’s Coney Island on Week is the start of take the a Sunday morning. the spending spree. Freshmen: They are everywhere. With MSU’s increased freshmen acceptance rate in the past couple of years you see thousands of young faces wandering and stumbling down Grand River Avenue in the middle of the night. Not only are they walking around trying to figure out which party they should hit next, but they are lost trying to find out which direction they should go to get to their dorm. Coming into college, the majority of freshmen have the idea that college is just parties on parties on parties, and during Welcome Week their preconceived ideas are proven correct. Adv ising appoint ments: It’s next to impossible to get an appointment with your adviser during Welcome Week. Not only do you have concerns with which classes you do and don’t need to graduate, so do thousands of other students. Everyone’s best case scenario is to get their schedule planned and finalized before Wednesday’s classes start, but the chances of that happening are slim because of the high volume of appointments and responsibilities advisers have during the first week of class-

whole Welcome Week phenomena a little overboard. Scratch that. Take very overboard.”

Obnoxious peop l e : We lc ome Week is so popular because it’s a time to let loose before classes actually start. This is something that happens every weekend in college, but it seems like it’s a little more intense during Welcome Week. Those too drunk to function do reckless things that are unnecessary. I’ve seen my fair share of broken windows and busted bottles throughout the years, and that’s not even the most obnoxious part. It’s the ones who are screaming at the top of their lungs and blasting music when you finally decide to call it a night. This happens all year, but it’s definitely on another level during this first week. There aren’t many events like Welcome Week on a huge campus such as MSU’s. It’s definitely a time I suggest everyone experience, but it can be equally as much of a nuisance as it is a celebration. Enjoy your Welcome Week to the fullest, but don’t think this is the best time of the year.


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Hundreds of dollars were replaced by hundreds of pages of reading material with the swipe of a card when MSU students bought textbooks for the fall semester this week. Textbook prices rise about 3-5 percent each year, and this year is no different, said Tom Muth, manager of Collegeville Textbook Company, 321 E. Grand River Ave. Although they are more aware of prices than they used to be, according to a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, nationally, most professors are more concerned about the appropriateness of course materials than the price of them. The GAO asked professors how they choose textbooks because they are an important part of college affordability, especially as tuition prices have continued to rise. Per credit tuition prices at MSU rose about 2 percent for fall 2013 and about 3.4 percent the year before. MSU professors said they try to keep prices in the forefront of course material decisions. Course packets keep costs down for the students of James Crum, professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences. Using a course packet means the most relevant material is available to students and they save money, Crum said. But many professors still use textbooks. The textbook for a business

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Accounting sophomore Tyler Smith and hospitality business junior Jackie Gustin shop for textbooks Thursday at Collegeville Textbook Company, located at 321 E. Grand River Ave.

class taught by Georgia Chao, associate professor of management, costs $60 or about $38 to rent. "I do consider prices because I think some textbooks are outrageous,” she said. However, based on how much some students spend on books, it seems that not all professors are as considerate of prices. Some students said they spent between $130 and $250 on textbooks at Collegeville, with more to buy. “(Textbooks) suck and they’re expensive,” hospitality business

sophomore Makenzi Kage said. “I’m so regretful every time I hand them my debit card.” Kage spent $250 on three books at Collegeville and bought two more on Amazon. Kage also said she didn’t buy all of her books online because she needed them right away. However, textbook requirements are posted online before the start of the semester on MSU’s Schedule Builder website. About 81 percent of colleges surveyed by GAO provide textbook information online in an

effort to allow students to shop around and save money. One book costs $150 for Bridgette Murphy, a pre-nursing freshman. The book was overpriced, especially since it was used, she said. Although books are expensive everywhere, Felipe Paiva, a chemical engineering freshman, said he went to Collegeville because books were cheaper there than an on-campus bookstore. “I don’t think it’s worth what we pay,” he said, pointing out he spent $130 on three books.

Come game time, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said most citations end up in the hands of visitors. He said more visitors to campus increases the chance of assaults, theft and open alcohol citations. Although fires on- and off-campus typically center around the NCAA Tournament, Murphy said a

few fires from this summer have police concerned the same could happen during football season. But the worry doesn’t center on those who start the fires, Murphy said. Anyone standing within 300 feet of the flames without attempting to put it out or call authorities also could be held liable. To keep friends who are

unfamiliar with the area safe, Murphy said it’s important to lay down ground rules before the game even starts. “People have heard about MSU and assume it’s a freefor-all party town, and they find out differently when they get into trouble with the police,” he said. K atie Abdill a

Ag r ic ult ure Ha l l was rededicated Thursday afternoon as the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture in an event that brought together members of the MSU community and the Morrill family. In a ceremony complete with hors d'oeuvres, a harpist and a ribbon cutting, the hall was renamed following approval from the Board of Trustees in April. Mor r i l l H a l l, n a me d after Justin S. Morrill, was demolished in June after it was found fiscally impractical to repair its deteriorated condition. Morrill served as a U.S. representative and senator in Vermont and sponsored the Morrill Act of 1862 , which provided federal funding to what then was known as Michigan Agricultural College , saving the funding-bereft institution from sale to the University of Michigan. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon spoke at the event thanking College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leaders for coming forward with the recommendation. Simon said the recognition of Morrill’s significance was a point of pride for the university. “We want to keep this spirit alive because we’re so proud of who we are at our core," Simon said. "For us as an institution, it’s not just about celebrating his legacy, it’s about celebrat-

“We want to keep this spirit alive because we’re so proud of who we are at our core.” Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU President

ing enduring values." Simon also discussed plans to dedicate the commemorative plaza that is replacing Morrill Hall in the former U.S. representative’s name. Scheduled to be completed this fall, the plaza will serve as what Simon deemed a “green gathering space.” “The idea of Morrill Plaza will be to recognize the work collectively of our faculty, staff and extraordinary students who have done so much to move the idea of the land grant mission forward,” Simon said. A b out 40 me mb e r s of the Morrill family were in attendance for the ceremony. Each received a commemorative brick from the demolished hall after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Signs salvaged from the previous hall have been placed in the new Morrill Hall of Agriculture's atrium. Although Morrill did not have root s i n M ic h iga n, several of his descendants have ties with MSU. Both Brad Morrill and his parents attended the university, and Douglas Morrill is an employee with Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities. "It's just an honor a privilege to work here and be around such outstanding people," Douglas Morrill said. "It's truly been a joy."

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great memories under the bright lights Then-redshirt freshman running back Nick Hill, center, and then-junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy cheer with their teammates after they defeated Youngstown State, 28-6, Sept. 2, 2011, at Spartan Stadium. State News File Photos

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The MSU marching band takes shape during halftime during the game against Boise State Aug. 31, 2012.

he moment is almost here. For the 14th moment in Michigan State’s 90-year history, the gridiron Spartans will be playing under the dark East Lansing skies.

Although MSU’s campus and student population have grown in that time, Spartan pride runs deep in the Red Cedar River. Thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime moments have taken place under the bright lights of Spartan Stadium. Tomorrow could be just as memorable. It will be the moment the band of 300 strong march their way towards a stadium packed with green, white and shining lights. It will be the moment more than 70,000 MSU faithful erupt to make the speaker system inaudible. It will be the moment kids’ eyes grow larger than the scoreboards as they watch their football heroes sprint out the tunnel. It will be the moment Western Michigan is greeted in Spartan Stadium’s confines by a hostile sea of green in the southeast corner. It will be the moment the players pour their blood and sweat behind the jersey that is greener than the grass they play on. It will be the moment this campus once again experiences another iconic Spartan football game under the lights.

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Off to a hot start early in the season, the MSU women’s soccer team will be in for a demanding weekend against tough non-conference teams. The Spartans (2-0 overall) will start the weekend off at 5 p.m. Friday night at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field against No. 21 San Diego State (1-1), before taking their first road trip to Dayton on Sunday. In 2012, San Diego State had the best season in its history with a 21-2-1 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 to make its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, while MSU struggled to finish 8-9-2. “We’re going to be in for a hell of a challenge,” Saxton said. “San Diego State is a top team, it’ll be good for us.” San Diego State will make the trip to East Lansing for the first time ever and will bring a considerable amount of talent from last season’s team, including seven returning starters. In her three years as an Aztec, defenseman Haley Palmer has piled up awards, including being named a Preseason AllAmerican by Soccer America. With one of the top defensemen in the nation, MSU, who had one of the worst scoring offense in the NCAA last season, will try to carry over their hot offensive attack from last weekend. In 2012, the Spartans averaged just 1.26 goals per game, however, they already notched seven goals in two games against Buffalo and Milwaukee.

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Junior goalkeeper Courtney Clem fails to make a save during the game against Milwaukee, Sunday, at DeMartin Soccer Stadium. The Spartans defeated Milwaukee 5-2.

fielder Kelsey Booth. With the Spartans focused on their goal of a Big Ten championship and NCAA Tournament bid, junior goalkeeper Courtney Clem said this will be the perfect game to face top competition before heading into Big Ten play. But MSU associate head coach Tammy Farnum said no matter who the opponent, the focal point needs to be on her own team. “We always try to focus on ourselves first, no matter what the opponent is,” Farnum said. “We are well aware of the great tradition at San Diego and the team they have coming back. “We’re a young team but we’re going to focus doing

“We had trouble scoring last year and getting five goals (against Milwaukee) was pretty awesome on the first weekend,” senior defenseman and team captain Kelsey Mullen said. “That’s usually our problem.” So far this season, MSU already has had to deal with injuries to midfielder/forward Lisa Vogel and forward Paige Wester, who left games last weekend to leg injuries. The Aztecs return their second-leading scorer from last season, forward and 2012 AllMountain West performer Hannah Keane. Keane, who had seven goals and seven assists last season, will be joined by all-conference defenseman Carli Johnson and forward/mid-

what we do well. We came off a great weekend with some scoring opportunities. We feel like we’ll have the opportunity to do that again this weekend, but that’s going to come with a mindset of making sure we’re prepared and organized behind the ball to create our offensive opportunities.” On Sunday, MSU will travel to face Dayton where the Spartan's defense will be in for a tough matchup. Last season, Dayton led the entire NCAA in scoring, with nearly three goals a game, and return two of the top scorers in the nation, midfielders Juliana Libertin and Ashley Campbell.

The MSU men’s soccer team gets the 2013 campaign underway against Western Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans finished the preseason with a 0-0 draw against Butler and a 2-1 loss to No. 4 North Carolina. This will be the first time MSU will play in the friendly confines of DeMartin Stadium this season. The Green and White intrasquad scrimmage, which would have been the first time the freshman saw the field, was canceled because of inclement weather. In Western’s two exhibition games, they defeated Saginaw Valley State, 1-0, before falling to Western Illinois, 3-1. Despite the lack of time on the field at DeMartin Stadium, men's soccer head coach Damon Rensing is confident the team will be ready to go when the whistle blows on the new season. “We’ve done some things well this preseason and don’t have a lot of results to show for it, but I like where we’re at,” Rensing said. “There are no exhibitions now — every game counts.” Last season, MSU didn’t take on the Broncos until the end of September, coming away with the 2-1 win powered by a goal

Consecutive season home opener victories by MSU football. and assist from then-sophomore forward Tim Kreutz. Rensing has made it clear he wants the Spartans to be the best team in the state, and this is the first of four legs of that competition this season. “I just have a lot of pride about the state of Michigan,” he said. “Before you can talk about the national scene, we have to be the best program in the state. We want to represent as best we can.” Senior defender Kevin Cope will be relied on to hold down the back line of the Spartans this year and said the first thought that comes to mind when going up against a team with Michigan ties is bragging rights. “It always helps to beat those teams,” Cope said. “Western has guys that we played growing up and maybe went to the same high school or plays at the same club, so it’s exciting to play against them.” Dominating the Mitten State also helps with recruiting, and Cope said even after he’s gone he can still help the program. Dewey Lewis is one of five freshmen on the MSU roster this season. When he takes the field for the first time in his Spartan career Sunday afternoon, one of the faces on the opposing sideline will be familiar to him.

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The MSU volleyball team will open its season today in Virginia, and will play against four teams in the Hokie Invitational, hosted by Virginia Tech University. The No. 14 Spartans will face off against St. Francis (PA) and Towson today, followed by matches against Pacific and Virginia Tech on Saturday. Following a season where they finished 25-10 and had

“All four of these teams are very competitive teams, so it’s very important for us as we go into the first weekend to play smart ... but it really isn’t easy because you don’t have any game film.”

a Sweet 16 exit in the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans hope to start strong this weekend. Head coach Cathy George will use information gathered from the weekend to help finalize her rotation. George currently has senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski, junior outside hitter Taylor Galloway, senior middle blocker Kelsey Kuipers, senior middle blocker Alexis Mathews, senior setter Kristen Kelsay and junior libero Kori Moster penned as starters. Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig, the No. 4 recruit

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“She’s questionable out, we don’t know if she’s going to play or not,” George said at Wednesday’s practice. “We won’t start her in game one, just letting her get a little healthy as the weekend goes

on. She’s sick right now.” With a spot on the floor open for competition, the injury gives the other four freshman recruits, along with mainstays from last year, an opportunity to vie for the job. The Hokie Invitational will be a challenge for the Spartans, as MSU has never played St. Francis or Towson. The Green and White have not played Pacific since November 1979, and Virginia Tech since October 1976. Without a proper scouting report, the Spartans will do

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Faces of East Lansing

Alumnus, HopCat owner makes his mark on the city By Anya Rath arath@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

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eer, travel and music.

These are three components of the many passions of Mark Sellers, the owner of HopCat, a bar that drew hundreds of people opening day. HopCat and its 100 craft beers on tap has added to the bar scene since its East Lansing opening last week. "We have all craft, no crap," said Sellers, 45, with a chuckle. Both locations of HopCat have a recycling program. The Grand Rapids location has managed to cut landfill waste by 90 percent since it was implemented two years ago, Sellers said. "We throw our trash into three bins — compost, recycling and landfill," he said. "We're able to recycle and compost almost everything." Sellers is one of the many faces of East Lansing working to help the city run and thrive, but some might not know the entrepreneur is no stranger to the college town.

When Sellers began his undergraduate studies at MSU in 1986, he pursued an English degree. "The only thing I liked to do was play the piano and the guitar,” Sellers said. Sellers left MSU his junior year, packed his bags and headed to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he dropped out after a year. With music still in his heart, Sellers moved to Los Angeles to start a band. He remained there for two and a half years before returning to East Lansing. He became a Spartan again and graduated with an accounting degree in 1998. He was hired straight out of college at General Electric Capital Corp. in Chicago, a city he lived in for nine and a half years. During his time in Chicago, Sellers began his own investment fund, Sellers Capital LLC. Sellers moved back to his hometown of Grand Rapids in 2007 and opened the Grand Rapids HopCat in January 2008. He retired in 2009. "I just moved from a big city (and) there was nothing that interesting in Grand Rapids," Sellers said. "I decided to start a bar that I could go to myself. I wasn't trying to make money, it was more like a hobby." "We had a line down the block

Mark Sellers, the owner of HopCat, poses for a portrait Wednesday, in the recently opened East Lansing location. Sellers is an MSU alumnus. Julia Nagy/ The State News

since we opened, and it never slowed down," he said. Years later, Sellers spotted the perfect location in East Lansing to introduce the bar, and business has never been better. "It's blown me away," he said. "Our first five days (here), we

did more business than HopCat Grand Rapids has ever done in a full week." While he doesn't brew beer himself, his passion for the beverage stems from his travel bug. Sellers said he's been to hundreds of breweries across the

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vs. Western Michigan Aug. 30th

vs. USF Sept. 7th

vs. Youngstown State Sept. 14th

at Notre Dame Sept. 21st

at Iowa Oct. 5th

vs. Indiana (HC) Oct. 12th

vs. Purdue Oct. 19th Okemos (517)-708-7154 Lansing (517)-993-5016

at Illinois Oct. 26th

vs. Michigan Nov. 2nd

at Nebraska Nov. 16th

at Northwestern Nov. 23rd

vs. Minnesota Nov. 30th

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world during his visits to 48 states and 22 countries. "One of the most important things that people can do is travel internationally and see the world," said Sellers, who plans to visit Australia and Indonesia soon. "You've got to see the

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world.” He advises students to pursue their passions as opposed to just a big paycheck. "Do what you love," he said. "Don't worry about money. If you're good at it, the money will come."


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