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New textbook trend saves money BY MAXWELL EVANS MEVANS@STATENEWS.COM


Timbo X. Spartan is your typical MSU student. He goes to Economics 201 and Spanish 202 on Monday and Wednesday, and ISS 215 and Accounting 201 on Tuesday and Thursday. According to the Student Book Store’s current listings, the required texts for these courses would have our friend Timbo spending $100 on economics, $88 on Spanish, $160 on the ISS course and $187 on accounting. This adds up to $535 in materials for one semester. Of course, this is all hypothetical, but not unrealistic. Chemical engineering sophomore Megan Richardson has spent more than $400 on materials for classes this semester and isn’t finished shopping yet. “Last year I spent close to $300 on one chemistry text-





book,” Richardson said. “This is on the higher end of what I’ve spent so far, but yeah. It’s kind of ridiculous.” On top of tuition rates that have risen by more than $200 per credit hour over the past ten years, and an East Lansing housing market where the average rental property runs about $1,400 a month, textbook prices leave some students without much money for the important stuff, like tickets to the football game or a keg of Keystone Light for after the football game. Open educational resources, or OERs, are a potential solution to this problem. OERs eliminate or reduce the need for $300 textbooks by replacing them with open-sourced, often-free resources. Jeff Grabill, associate provost for teaching, learning and technology at MSU, said that opensource textbooks, one sector of OERs, can be both cheaper and more informational than traditional books. “There’s a possibility, depending on how they’re made, that

there are more authors, more ideas, so the resource can be better,” Grabill said. Grabill said you can’t treat OERs as a single entity because there are many models. The OpenStax program through Rice University provides full textbooks in various courses like Precalculus and U.S. History, while Writing Commons reviews and posts shorter “webtexts” that focus on specific writing skills. “There are companies in this space, there are non-profits in this space, there are professional associations and consortia in this space, and they all have different approaches,” Grabill said. “Because of that, they have different economic models for how they sustain themselves and also different value propositions for students, for faculty and for institutions.” Grabill belongs to MATRIX, a center for new research technologies on MSU’s campus. He said the center is interested in new resources not for teaching and learning, but rather scholar-

ly pursuits. This idea that there is a difference between opensource resources for class (like a textbook) and research publications (like scientific journals) adds even more complexity to the concept of OERs. Undergrads, especially those in intro courses, are as of now an important focus group for opensource textbooks. In Openstax’s case, their peer-reviewed textbooks cover the “highest-enrollment college courses.” However, Ethan Watrall, associate director of MATRIX, said that there is potential for opensource textbooks and journals to be used in more specialized classes. “For advanced classes that tend to require a much more specialized kind of source material, it’s harder to get the kinds of textbooks with the kinds of materials that you want,” Watrall said. “There is an incredible movement for academics to be publishing in open-access journals.” READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM


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One year: Nassar questions remain BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM

All eyes are on him as he walks into the courtroom. Clothed in an orange jumpsuit and plastic sandals, he sits next to his attorneys in the hard, wooden chair. He says nothing. The judge enters the room. Plaintiffs, most of them teenage girls, some of them older, enter the courtroom one at a time. Each time one of the girls and women sits, attorneys ask them to identify her alleged abuser: Larry Nassar. And each time, they point to the man in the orange jumpsuit, sitting in a hard, wooden chair. He says nothing. Fast forward to today, where Nassar now sits in federal prison. The number of women who have alleged he has sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment has grown to 119. He faces 39 criminal charges in Ingham and Eaton County courts, with trial dates to come in early 2018. He has also pled guilty to three child pornography-related charges, and his sentencing for these charges is set for November. He’s listed as a defendant in a number of civil cases, many alongside MSU. But just a year ago, Nassar was a doctor everyone was talking about in the gymnastics community – Not only had he worked with MSU as a doctor in its osteopathic medicine department, he worked with the U.S. National Team through USA Gymnastics, or USAG, and young gymnasts from Twistars Gymnastics Club. He was “the” doctor for gymnasts to go to, the best of the best. He was, as put by an alleged victim, viewed by the gymnasts as a “god.” So, what happened? The doctor Nassar was hired by MSU in 1997 – shortly after he was hired by USAG in 1996. For 20 years, Nassar built a reputation as the go-to gymnastics doctor, and he had connections not just to MSU and USAG, but a number of other organizations as well. He volunteered to treat patients weekly at Twistars Gymnastics Club, located in Dimondale and DeWitt, Michigan, and in the basement of his home. He created a foundation, Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation, to fuse gymnastics and autism together. Nassar was also closely connected with John Geddert, owner of Twistars Gymnastics Club, and Kathie Klages, MSU’s former gymnastics head coach. Klages was suspended by MSU on Feb. 13 after she was accused of defending Nassar and discouraging athletes from reporting sexual abuse. According to court documents, Klages was reported to have been aware of allegations of sexual abuse as early as 1997. Klages retired the next day. Nassar’s involvement didn’t end with gymnastics. In November, Nassar ran for the Board of Education for Holt Public Schools in Holt, Michigan, but failed to win one of two seats. Nassar was also a catechist for St. Thomas Aquinas Church’s seventh grade class and served as a Eucharistic minister in the East Lansing-based parish. As his reputation in these communities grew, so did the num-

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Judge Donald Allen Jr. looks at Larry Nassar during the final day of the preliminary examination hearing in the 55th District Court on June 23. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO.

ber of sex abuse allegations against him. There are now claims that Nassar abused girls at MSU, Twistars Gymnastics Club, his home and while traveling at USAG events. St. Thomas Aquinas Church has avoided addressing ties to Nassar. And his foundation appears to have violated state law since 2014, as it hadn’t renewed state-required registrations but was still soliciting donations. In 2014, Nassar was investigated by MSU’s Title IX office for allegations of sexual abuse, but the university cleared him and he was required to have a chaperone for all medical appointments. But according to plaintiff testimonies during preliminary examination hearings this summer, Nassar continued treating patients at his MSU clinic without a chaperone, which would be a direct violation of MSU’s sanction. In the 2014 investigation, it was found Nassar allegedly chose the experts to evaluate him. Following Nassar’s termination from MSU in September, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette took over the MSU police investigation in October. At the same time, Nassar was under investigation by the FBI. In December, Nassar was indicted for the possession of at least 37,000 images of child pornography and was ordered to be held without bond later that month. His license to practice medicine was suspended in January. The article She had waited 17 years for someone to believe her. Waited 17 years for the chance to stop Larry Nassar’s access to young girls, she said. Other than those she was closest to, no one knew about Rachael Denhollander’s allegations that Nassar abused her as a 15-year-old gymnast at MSU in 2000.


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A year ago, Denhollander found the opportunity to share her story. After reading part of an investigative series into USA Gymnastics’ failure to alert authorities of sex abuse allegations from IndyStar, an Indianapolis-based newspaper, she picked up the phone and called the reporters. “If I had seen any chance – any tiny chance – of someone listening for the last 17 years, I would’ve done this years ago,” Denhollander said. “I really would have. But I had no hope of anyone listening beforehand. That IndyStar report was the first chance I saw.” Denhollander is under a gag order, which limits what accusers and their lawyers can say about criminal sexual assault allegations. All of Denhollander’s comments pertain to what she has claimed civilly, not criminally, she said. Her call was received by IndyStar reporters Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans and Mark Alesia, who worked on the investigative series. The reporters also received two other calls about the investigative series: one from California and one from New York, Evans said. Every story was nearly identical – each of the three women claimed Nassar abused her under the guise of medical treatment. Each claimed Nassar didn’t use gloves and there were no staff chaperones in the room, a requirement after the 2014 Title IX investigation. These claims have also been made by a number of other women, and additionally, many women have claimed Nassar gave them gifts and digitally penetrated them. “It seemed so remarkable the stories were so similar – we kind of did background work to make sure that these three people didn’t have any connection, that they were just three independent people, but it just seemed so odd that their stories were so aligned,” Evans said. Over the next month and a half, the IndyStar reporters worked with the three women, MSU and USAG to create the first article that brought Nassar’s name to light. It featured two of the women who called IndyStar, one of whom was Denhollander. After the article was published Sept. 12, and in response to it, Nassar was fired by MSU on Sept. 20, 2016.


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Larry Nassar looks at his defense attorney Matt Newburg during the final day of the preliminary examination hearing in the 55th District Court on June 23. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO.

the article, Nassar was fired by MSU on Sept. 20, 2016. There was plenty of backlash from supporters of Nassar and from friends and colleagues, Evans said, citing nasty phone calls and emails. “That reaction stopped after the federal child pornography charges,” Kwiatkowski said. “So, we no longer had people calling us and defending him after the federal charges came out.” The article also generated more calls to law enforcement and attorneys as more women began claiming they were also abused by Nassar. Denhollander chose to include her name and face in the article, as she said she felt an anonymous voice wouldn’t be enough. “My hope was that it would help the other women and the young girls who were still silent, still trying to figure out what had happened, that it would give them the confidence they needed to let them know that they would be taken seriously,” she said. And come forward, they did. Following the IndyStar report, more women filed police reports and lawsuits. Several women have stated in their preliminary hearings that they related to what Denhollander said in the IndyStar article and thereafter. They said her words encouraged them to report alleged abuse. “I don’t think I realized how significant that reporting would become until we did that initial story and all the other women started coming forward,” Kwiatkowski said. “So much of the credit, too, goes to those women — in particular Rachael — who shared incredibly personal details of what happened to her, and it was that level of detail that she allowed us to use and that she trusted us with that other women connected to and said, ‘Hey, wait a minute, that happened to me.’” While it was part of Denhollander’s goal to reach other alleged victims, she said it was painful for her to hear their experiences. “It shouldn’t have had to happen. It shouldn’t have had to be done this way,” Denhollander said. “Those girls should have been protected when that first report came out in 1999. None of us should have gone through this, but especially not those little girls. And that’s hard. I think about them all the time.” The institutions Denhollander’s allegations of digital penetration are similar to claims made by 118 other women and girls. While some women chose to remain anonymous, some like Denhollander have chosen to attach their names and faces to allegations, allowing their alleged abuse to become a public part of their identity. “Honestly, I can say that it’s probably been the hardest year of my life,” Denhollander said. “Having to do it very publicly because of the people who surrounded him and the position he

was put into has meant a choice to live in these memories and to verbalize and to relinquish every last shred of privacy I had. And that’s been really painful.” Denhollander said she fully expected the issue to grow to the magnitude it did. When she was abused, she said, it was clear Nassar’s actions were regular and rehearsed. “The parents and the children did not have the medical knowledge to realize that what Larry was doing was not medical. But you know who did? His colleagues did,” she said. “They’re the ones who had the expertise needed to be able to tell that kind of thing and they didn’t. They could have stopped him.” She believes the only way for MSU to move forward from the crisis is to demonstrate “real leadership,” where an organization and its leaders can acknowledge their failures and identify steps to move forward, Denhollander said. “As long as the people who are directly involved with the cover-up for 20 years are still in positions of authority and that recognition (has) never been made by MSU, I have no confidence that they would do it differently the next time.” The response MSU has been in hot water for the past year, accused of playing party to Nassar’s alleged abuse. Following Nassar’s termination, MSU has released statements, details on investigations and a website with the purpose of keeping the public informed. The biggest changes are outlined on MSU’s “Our Commitment” website, which was created in April to provide the MSU community with information on MSU’s efforts to combat sexual assault, improve patient care and protect youth on campus. Some of those major changes for combatting sexual assault include an expedited external review – of which the status is “scope of review being finalized and qualified reviewers identified, strengthening mandatory reporting compliance – where policy revisions were said to be completed Aug. 30, making Title IX program improvements and increasing transparency and communication. Several attempts were made to contact MSU for this article. All interview requests were directed to two university spokesmen who, at the time of publication, did not return requests for comment. There are still questions the university has yet to answer, Jeff Caponigro said. Caponigro is president and CEO of Caponigro Public Relations, Inc., in Southfield, Michigan. Caponigro was formerly chairperson of Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees and is the author of the book “The Crisis Counselor: A Step-byStep Guide to Managing a Business Crisis.” Caponigro said although MSU doesn’t necessarily have the responsibility to lay out everything that was learned in the past year, it should answer these questions.

Nassar investigated by MSU for allegations of sexual abuse, university clears him

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Sept. 20, 2016 Nassar fired by MSU

Oct. 6, 2016

Michigan’s Attorney General took over Nassar investigation

Dec. 21, 2016

Nassar ordered to be held without bond

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Nassar’s license to practice suspended by LARA

Feb. 2, 2017

President Simon released statement regarding Nassar allegations, introduced internal review

Feb. 17, 2017

Judge ruled first Nassar case will go to trial

May 10, 2017

MSU launched new Our Commitment website to combat sexual assault

June 23, 2017

17 counts against Nassar bound over to Ingham County Circuit Court

June 30, 2017

13 counts against Nassar bound over to Eaton County Circuit Court

July 11, 2017

Nassar plead guilty to three counts of child porn in federal court, federal trial date set

Aug. 16, 2017

Trial date for Eaton County case set after Ingham County case completion


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As another year starts at MSU, returning students might notice a different East Lansing business scene than before. Here is a look at what businesses moved, stayed and left East Lansing during the past year.



Velvet A Candy Store announced early 2017 their East Lansing location shut down. Grand River Barber Co., displaced by the Center City District project, moved into the space.

The Record Lounge, previously located at 111 Division St., left because of a rent dispute. Unicha, Tea and Ice Cream will take its place.



The former main Conrad’s Grill location between Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road closed in January because of a leasing dispute. Noodles & Company, previously located further east on Grand River Avenue, is now open there.

GoombaS Pizza shut its doors earlier this summer after owner Gail Sutton had a family emergency. In its place, a new location of Conrad’s Grill opened.







The beloved Record Lounge has left East Lansing and moved to REO Town, Lansing.

Sweet Lorraine’s previous storefront will have been vacant for a year come October.

Velvet A Candy Store opened in 2015. There was no warning when the store announced via Facebook its official closing earlier in 2017.

GOOMBAS PIZZA STATUS: GONE GoombaS Pizza, an MSU gameday favorite, closed suddenly over the summer of 2017.

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Students satisfied with their new home, atmosphere at 1855 Place BY MAXWELL EVANS MEVANS@STATENEWS.COM

The front of 1855 Place apartments and townhouses is pictured on Aug. 30. The building is across the street from Breslin Center. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO

The land at the intersection of Harrison and Kalamazoo streets has been home to an orchard, a poultry plant, a police post and a parking lot. Now, over a century after it was first purchased by MSU, the site is home to the 1,200 residents of the university’s newest on-campus housing development, 1855 Place. As another on-campus apartment complex, 1855 Place is sometimes viewed as a replacement for Spartan Village, MSU’s aging development down Harrison Road. Cooper makes the distinction that Spartan Village is not being replaced as of yet, but rather is just being “shrunk,” as 300 units remain open at the decades-old complex. “We didn’t fully close Spartan Village,” MSU residential and hospitality services director of communications Kat Cooper said. “We closed the un-renovated units. ... It’ll be about three to five years while we look for a different solution.” Replacement or not, 1855 Place does have a leg up on Spartan Village in at least one area; its location, directly across from the Breslin Center, is a much

more central one than Spartan Village, which sits a few minutes south of South Neighborhood. However, Cooper said that the complex’s location is far from the only advantage it has over Spartan Village and off-campus apartments. She said at 1855 Place, amenities don’t just mean the big-ticket items, but include less tangible things like the ability to live a “vehicle-free life” and “easy access” to campus. “When we say amenities, we don’t mean hot tubs or swimming pools,” Cooper said. “We mean things that can help you live your life easily.” Cooper said she thinks the fact that the university isn’t just a landlord means residents can expect more responsiveness when it comes to their problems. “We’re here not just to make money,” Cooper said. “We’re definitely held to a higher standard than the private market.” The idea that the university would take responsibility for issues was tested early in the development’s unveiling, and the university did respond. Sophomore Brianna Belanger, a resident at 1855 Place who also works at the new Sparty’s Market located at the complex, said that a plumbing failure led to her receiving $50 in Spartan Cash. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM


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Hillel Jewish Student Center 360 Charles St., E. Lansing (517) 332-1916 Friday Night Services: 6pm, Dinner: 7pm September - April Martin Luther Chapel 444 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 332-0778 Sunday: 9:30am & 7:00pm Wednesday Worship: 9pm Mini-bus pick-up on campus (Fall/Spring) River Terrace Church 1509 River Terrace Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-9059 Service times: 9 & 11:15am Riverview Church MSU Venue MSU Union Ballroom 2nd Floor 49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824 Phone: 517-694-3400 Website: Worship Times: Sundays at 6:30PM during the MSU Fall and Spring semesters St. John Catholic Church and Student Center 327 M.A.C. Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 337-9778 Sunday: 8am, 10am, Noon, 5pm, 7pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:15pm Tuesday & Thursday: 9:15pm

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University Baptist Church 4608 South Hagadorn Rd East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-4144 10 AM Worship Service 11:15 Coffee Hour 11:30 Sunday School University Christian Church 310 N. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 332-5193 Sunday: 11:15 am Sunday Bible Study: 10:15am University United Methodist Church & MSU Wesley 1120 S. Harrison Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-7030 Sunday: 10:30am 9:00am Garden Service in the summer TGIT: 8:00pm Thursdays Sept. - April WELS Lutheran Campus Ministry 704 Abbot Road East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 580-3744 6:30pm Saturday Worship

The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing 920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 Islam 101 May 7, 2:30 p.m Friday Services: 12:15-12:45 & 1:45-2:15 For prayer times visit

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6,400 DACA recipients

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MILLION People qualify for DACA in the United States

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774,230 young undocumented immigrants have received relief from DACA since 2012 DATA: U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRANT SERVICES


The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will end next March, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. Instituted in 2012 under President Barack Obama, DACA aids undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children by allowing work authorization and delaying any prosecutorial removal action for a renewable term of two years. “It wasn’t until last week that I realized, wow, this is really hitting us like a bucket of cold water,” doctoral student José Badillo Carlos said. Badillo Carlos and doctoral student Osvaldo Sandoval were able to apply to the PhD program at MSU because of DACA and the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the DREAM Act, which provide them with renewable temporary legal residency. “It definitely is a stressful time right now," Badillo Carlos said. "With the administration's decision, we’re no longer going to be able to renew it. That means we’re no longer going to be able to continue our education, continue working. We have to figure out how to survive when all we want to do is educate ourselves." The MSU administration issued a statement on Sept. 5 in opposition of the program’s termination. According to the statement, MSU joined more than 600 colleges and universities last November in signing a statement in support of the DACA program and undocumented immigrant students. “Michigan State’s support for these young immigrants, who are students at this and other universities, is unwavering,” the statement reads. “We will continue to support their aspirations as we monitor developments.” MSU is once again joining its colleagues in urging congressional leaders to coordinate a bipartisan plan to “ensure, at a minimum, that protections currently afforded to undocumented students are continued.” President Trump gave Congress six months to make a final decision on the executive order. “It’s nice to have the support,” Sandoval said. “It helps us morally and gives us the strength to continue but it’s still hard to depend for someone else to make a decision for us within six months... It would be nice to know now what’s going to be the decision so we can plan our futures." Sandoval's work permit expires on May 4 and if the decision to terminate DACA is final,



he will be unable to renew it. “Now I have to rush to try to finish my dissertation before May 4, which is the legal timeframe that I have left,” Sandoval said. “If we survived before, we can survive now, but we went into the Ph.D (program) because we just wanted to get a degree, to (become educated). This is what we enjoy, we want to contribute to society and to our community. We can still live and survive undocumented, but that’s not the point, our education goes nowhere without the work permit or the legal status.” State officials and Michigan politicians continue to voice their opinions on the decision, many in opposition and urging Congress to pass an act protecting those affected. Governor Rick Snyder joined the later group in a statement issued Tuesday. “Many are working toward success under the existing DACA, and for the certainty of their future Congress should act quickly to authorize and clarify their status,” Snyder’s statement read. “In Michigan we will continue to honor everyone’s journey who has become part of our family of 10 million people, and remain the most welcoming state in the nation for immigrants and dreamers seeking prosperity, a home and a community that is accepting of their family and their desire to succeed in America.” According to MSU’s statement, President Lou Anna K. Simon has signed a letter making its way around the Association of American Universities leadership insisting an immediate and permanent statement that those affected by DACA will not be deported. “We believe that the nation’s competitiveness is likewise strengthened by the presence of this motivated and deserving group of immigrants,” MSU’s statement read. “Those brought to the United States as children and who grew up in the United States, knowing no other country, should be allowed to pursue their dreams here and to contribute to our society. That is the right and fair thing to do, for them and for the nation.” Sandoval and Badillo Carlos had plans to continue their work and studies, but their futures are now in jeopardy. “We’re trying to better the community, better our lives, and with this it’s just hard to continue, it’s hard to focus on our own classes, our own research, our own teaching here,” Badillo Carlos said. Sandoval says he’ll do everything he can to finish his degree. “That’s my goal, to stay in academia, in the school system. That’s my final goal,” Sandoval said. “If not, I have no idea. If I go back to Mexico, I don’t even know where to start.”

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L.A. Times Daily Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis


1 Jam holder 4 Nike logo 10 H.S. junior’s exam 14 “__ Beso (That Kiss!)”: Paul Anka song 15 Stephen King’s telekinetic high schooler 16 Short car trip 17 “Chill! It’s Labor Day!” 20 Open, as a Chablis 21 Toy block brand 22 NYC airport on Flushing Bay 23 Gas for signs 25 “Actually, you’re right” 27 Oared 30 More than zero 32 Trail behind 33 Señora Perón 34 River, in Mexico 35 Kick out of office, as a dictator 38 “Chill! It’s Labor Day!” 42 Early ball game score 43 “... at the __ ball game!”: song lyric 44 Speak 45 Coax (out), as a genie 46 Letters in a certain bachelor’s ad 47 “Bye!” 49 Unanalyzed info


52 Came home in a cloud of dust 54 Inventor Whitney 55 Hawkeyes’ home 57 Historic cold period 61 “Chill! It’s Labor Day!” 64 “Young Frankenstein” seductress 65 Big name in little trains 66 Prefix with verse 67 Yappy dog, e.g. 68 Holy female fig. in a Renaissance painting 69 Lumberjack’s tool


1 Son of God, in a Bach cantata title 2 B __ bravo 3 Campus mil. unit 4 Chicken or cowed 5 Ridiculously silly 6 Mork’s planet 7 Like a dental exam 8 Stringy, as meat 9 Row of foundation bushes 10 Antonym of post11 Foolish one 12 “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,” e.g. 13 Lone Star State 18 Leftover for Fido 19 Painting gadget

24 Former Neet rival 26 SoCal cop force 27 Move, in realty ads 28 Roast roaster 29 Student swimmer’s aid 31 “Ain’t happenin’!” 34 Feel regret over 35 “The butler __ it” 36 Persuade 37 Irish New Age songwriter 39 “__ be surprised” 40 One way for a jailed suspect to get out 41 Aid to the poor 46 Considered appropriate 47 Italy’s largest island 48 Biblical garden 49 Immerse in salsa again, as a chip (only do this if you’re 50-Down!) 50 By oneself 51 Works hard 53 One devoted to a single profession 56 Itty-bitty bit 58 34-Across filler 59 Group after boomers 60 Spooky-sounding lake 62 Tit for __ 63 Santa __, California

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As Antjuan Simmons first stepped onto the field Saturday, he could feel the nerves setting in. It’s a natural reaction — it would be his first college game ever. His teammates, the older veterans he sought leadership from, told him to stay calm before the game, enjoy the moment. But still, it was a true freshman’s debut in front of a crowd over 70,000 strong. So when Simmons trotted onto the field for his first snap ever, he just followed the advice given to him. “Take a deep breath, relax, do my job,” Simmons said of what was going through his mind

his first play. “Just the little things.” Oh, and he balled out a little, too. He wouldn’t play too many snaps, the linebacking corps is stacked, it’s one of the deepest positions the Spartans feature. But he’d have enough time to show off some skills. As the Spartans sang the fight song after the game with the student section, Simmons headed into the locker room credited with two tackles, both unassisted. He didn’t see the field just because of his athleticism or talent, though. There was a lot of grinding, some hard work in the film room done by the true freshman. “He’s a guy that came in and honestly he picked up on our defense faster than I think anybody expected him to do,” senior linebacker

Chris Frey said. “From day one, he watched film and studied his spot and really worked really hard to get into the rotation. That’s what he’s doing and he’s making plays.” The linebackers are a deep position filled with seasoned veterans who have made their mark as leaders. Except for the starting MIKE linebacker — ­ Joe Bachie. He’s a true sophomore and he doesn’t have nearly as much experience as a Frey or junior linebacker Andrew Dowell. He came up sometime this spring, a relative unknown to Spartan fans. He didn’t suit up his first six games in 2016, but Senior linebacker Chris Frey (23) celebrates after a touchdown during played the rest of the way. the game against Bowling Green on Sept. 2 at Spartan Stadium. The And he certainly made an im- Spartans defeated the Falcons, 35-10. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI “I think it’s what we expected. We knew he pact against Bowling Green. He would be a dynamic player,” Dantonio said. collected a surprising 10 tackles, doubling Frey “The guy can really run. He’s effective, very and Dowell’s individual totals. effective leader. Knows what’s going on out Despite the breakout performance, Dantonio there.” said it was par the course for the sophomore. Interestingly, he compared him to a close He stressed his athleticism, his savvy all-round teammate and a man just a few feet away from nature. He compared Bachie akin to a point him on the gridiron — Frey. guard in basketball or a shortstop in baseball, the known leaders in their respective sport. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM.

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Committee looks to mitigate risk of celebrations on, near campus

An East Lansing police officer conducts a field sobriety test on Sep. 2, outside of Campbell Hall on Abbot road. PHOTO: JON FAMUREWA


Between parties, tailgates and other celebrations, local officials are aiming to keep people safe during parties on campus and throughout East Lansing neighborhoods. Periodically fraternities,

bar owners, law enforcement and university officials meet and collaborate to minimize injuries caused by on-campus tailgates, off-campus parties and other celebrations where many people meet and large quantities of alcohol are consumed. As students flocked to hous-

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es to celebrate Fall Welcome and the beginning of football season, the MSU Celebrations Committee brought members from MSU Police and East Lansing Police and Fire Departments to work with management from Sparrow Hospital. Public safety officials among other organizations within the committee work to communicate with transparency in order to keep people safe on game day. “We have strategic plans for just about every event, we have communication plans for every event, but our bottom line is we’re not here to squash the celebration at all,” Dr. Dennis Martell, executive chair of the MSU Celebrations committee and Executive Director of the Health Promotions Department said. “In fact we talk about how we can embrace the celebration and

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encourage is for people to remember that this is the first game and there are a lot of new people that have never been to a major university home football game,” Monette said. “We encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe, but use a little moderation with things,” Monette said. Students who are registered as a full time student and paid The State News subscription fee for the current semester may receive a refund of that fee if they do not wish to support the student newspaper. Refunds will be paid during the first 10 days of classes at 435 E. Grand River. Proof of payment of the fee and a photo ID must be presented. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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As the school year rolls in, so do parties. Welcome Week at MSU is filled with social activities and gatherings. In some cases alcohol is consumed by minors, resulting in police action. Enter the most prevalent legal trouble MSU students get in: minor in possession, also known as an MIP. Getting an MIP — or what some students call getting “mipped” — is a misdemeanor in the state of Michigan, punishable by up to a $500 fine. MIPs show up on personal records and the result can also mean possible jail time. That’s only if the subject pleads guilty, though — if not, they can go through a diversion program and have their record wiped clean on their first offense. A fine is still usually involved, and in some cases, the subject still earns a night in jail. The House of Representatives in Michigan voted in late 2016 to change one’s first MIP offense from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. The subject will avoid jail time and receive a maximum of a $100 fine. However, the law does not take effect until Jan. 1, 2018. While MIPs may be on the road to becoming less consequential than they currently are, they

still carry a lot of weight for MSU students. In addition to paying a fine that a lot of college students can’t afford and a possible stint in jail, it’s an experience that disappoints family members and friends alike. While MIPs could seem random at first glance, there’s a method. “You know, generally, there’s some type of behavior that precipitates the police contact for an MIP,” said ELPD Lt. Steve Gonzalez. “Generally, you know, the individual will be involved in an altercation, disturbance, walking down the street with an open container of alcohol, some type of behavior like that that causes the contact with the police.” A senior finance major who declined to be named, got an MIP on campus in 2014. They were in South Neighborhood on the tennis courts peeing in a bush when they were arrested by law enforcement. “Don’t pee in public, for sure,” said Source A, echoing Lt. Gonzalez’s statement that it’s hard to get an MIP if you’re doing nothing wrong. “Don’t get belligerent. As long as you’re not acting like an idiot, you’re not going to get an MIP.” To some, however, it may seem like the police are out for blood. The tactics Gonzalez described were not the procedures that cops allegedly used on a sophomore applied engineering major in the fall of 2016, who also asked not to be named.

The sophomore said she and friends were outside Spartan Stadium waiting in line for a football game when she was arrested and taken to jail for an MIP. She said aside from looking the part and being with a clique of similarly-dressed people, there was no reason to initiate police contact. “I was walking in. I was on my phone doing nothing wrong. Actually nothing wrong. I was texting and Snapchatting people,” the sophomore said. “I think they just profiled me. They were like, ‘OK, this girl’s an easy target.’ Just by the way I was dressed and everything and the people that I was with. It was total profiling.” As far as how to avoid MIPs, MSUPD Captain Doug Monette gave some simple advice. “When you go to college, it’s all about choices. And abstinence from alcohol and drugs is one of those choices,” Monette said. “The best way to avoid getting an MIP is just not consuming alcohol if you’re not old enough.” “Reality tells us that people under the age of 21, they’re gonna drink alcohol,” Gonzalez said. “They just need to do it in a safe and responsible manner, so that one, you don’t put yourself in any undue harm or any undue risk.” Advice from students, however, can be more blunt. “Don’t blow,” the sophomore said, about taking a breathalyzer test. “Don’t do it because you won’t get in trouble if you don’t.”

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