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Two Weeks, Two Evacuations Officials weigh in on evacuation procedures at stadium on MSU gamedays THE STATE NEWS nn and THE STATE NEWS nn


here’s a realm of history wrapped up within the concrete walls of Spartan Stadium.

“ “We work with them to make sure they’re aware of impending weather.”

students could see relief with medicaid

By Michael Gerstein

By Dillon Davis and Katie Abdilla

During the course of its 90 years of existence, the venue has played host to exciting plays on the gridiron, melodic tunes out of the mouths of rock stars and the arctic tundra of one of the world’s most famous hockey games. But through all of the moments spread across more than nine decades, the stadium never has been evacuated. A f ter t wo football games in two weeks, Spartan Stadium now ha s a new piece of history, calling for evacu at i o n s i n both games. The threat of severe weather, including t he p ote nfor lightJim Mac- tial ning strikes, zko, caused MSU National p ol ic e a n d Weather campus offiService cials to alert fans to evacuate the stadium during the Aug. 30 home opener against Western Michigan and again prior to the Sept. 7 game against South Florida — a notion which Athletics Director Mark Hollis said was war-


photos by Julia Nagy/The State News

An officer tries to keep order as students start a chant during the weather delay against University of South Florida after a weather delay Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Parts of the student section refused to leave the stadium during the weather.

ranted for both games. “Until you actually get to go through the process of having 70,000 leave their seats and try and find safe quarters, it’s always going to be a challenge,” Hollis said. “There’s things we pick up and learn to improve, and Saturday’s was not, although it worked out very good, it wasn’t a strategy to see if those improvements worked.” According to the National Weather Service, MSU currently is one of five Big Ten schools and 138 national StormReady Universities, which have a partnership with the National Weather Service intended to provide information to universities that allows them to incorporate the information into their emergency plans. “We work with them to make sure they’re aware of impend-

ing weather and they’re aware of multiple means of monitoring that and communicating that,” said Jim Maczko, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. “That gets incorporated in their emergency plans and that’s on their side of things.” Although MSU police Capt. Penny Fischer said officers annually have prepared for the possibility of evacuation for the past decade, she had yet to see it happen until this fall. “When we evacuate, there is very well a credible threat of harm to people,” Fischer said. “We don’t wait to see the first bolt of lightning to know that it’s not safe. There’s not a lot of room for error.” Fischer said Spartan Stadium was sufficiently evacuated within 20-30 minutes. But once students were asked to evacuate a

Attendees evacuate Spartan Stadium after severe weather caused lightning strikes in the area during the game against Western Michigan on Aug. 30. Fans were asked to leave the stadium, but many retreated to the concourse.

second time at Saturday’s game, police were met with resistance. “The whole student section was chanting, and no one

wanted to leave,” human biology freshman Carrie Blackwell said. See STADIUM on page 2 u

To see a gallery of photos from the two evacuations at Spartan Stadium, visit

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For those whose parents don't have health insurance, or who are older than 26, Michigan's controversial Medicaid expansion could be the answer for the uninsured student population after the law takes effect next spring. For college students making less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level — or less than $15,282 a year for a single adult — the Medicaid expansion could mean access to long-awaited health care coverage. "Being a student does not affect your eligibility," said Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health, or MDCH. The exact implementation date of the Medicaid expansion, which Gov. Rick Snyder intends to sign into law after returning from a foreign trade mission in Asia, depends on what lawmakers decide in ensuing months. It's also unclear how many students actually would be able to receive Medicaid coverage. The Census Bureau doesn't differentiate between the student and non-student population in its data, and Minicuci said she does not have immediate access to income statistics that also account for age. MSU doesn't keep any information on the socioeconomic status of its students, making it difficult to see how many would be directly impacted. MSU had 9,237 Pell Grant recipients between fall 2012 and summer 2013. These are typically rewarded to lowerincome degree-seekers. It's impossible to tell how many of these students could qualify for Medicaid, but it does give a sense of how many need assistance for the cost of college, See MEDICAID on page 2 u


Economics degree faces Students protest U.S. role in Syria conflict moratorium from univ. By Meg Dedyne

Social relations and policy sophomore Connor Meston uses a bullhorn during a protest demonstration against the vote on the military conflict in Syria Monday behind Bessey Hall.

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The Bachelor of Science, or B.S., economics degree is new on the moratoria list this semester — the requirements are being reviewed and possibly revamped. The major went into moratorium this semester and will remain until at least fall 2014, meaning no one will be allowed to enter that major during that time period. Although students no longer can enroll in the B.S. program this year, they still can choose a Bachelor of Arts, or B.A. in economics. Only about 22 percent of economics majors at MSU typically choose the economics B.S. degree, according to officials. The B.S. program requires more math, science and statistics courses, and fewer classes from the colleges of arts and letters, and social sciences compared to the B.A., but all the economics requirements are the same for both majors. All of the differences come from the College of Social

Sciences requirements. Potential changes in the college requirements would make the two degrees the same, said Carey Elder, undergraduate adviser for the Department of Economics. “We want to make sure that if we bring back the B.S., students really have a different degree than the B.A.,” Elder said. “The B.A. requirements won’t get them to graduate school — right now, the B.S. won’t either. If the B.S. comes back, it will be more directed toward getting students into graduate schools.” She added that although the requirements wouldn’t get a student into graduate school, those who are interested can get direction from advisers on which classes to take. “We’ve learned what the students who pick each major want to do and we want to help them get there,” she said. The changes that could happen in the college requirements have not been finalized, but would make the B.A. and B.S. closer See PROGRAMS on page 2 u


A massive banner hung from the parking ramp next to Bessey Hall yesterday that read, “No War with Syria” and loomed over a small group of students protesting on the lawn. Duncan Tarr, a jazz studies and history sophomore, said the group of students was protesting because of the potential vote by Congress to send military action into Syria.

Group members were against U.S. military intervention in the conflict Syria, which has drawn national gov’t attention The latest update from Agence France-Presse on the issue said that the U.S. is welcoming a move by Syria to give up chemical weapons, as suggested by Russia. “We think a violent inter-

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vention in Syria is wrong," Tarr said. “The United States hasn’t pursued diplomatic means, and jumping into a military solution is an awful risk." Still, some hope their protests were not needed. “If Sy ria agrees to give up chemical weapons, then there will be no need to strike because there will be nothing needed to deter Assad’s regime

from using chemical weapons," international relations senior Anas Attal said. Andrew Gibson, a political theory and constitutional democracy sophomore and one of the leaders in the protest, said the group’s main focus is much larger than informing people just about Syria. “We are worried about the wider ramifications involving

not only Syria, but Russia and China as well," Gibson said. Students from all different grades and majors joined in the protest, which was organized a few days prior to the event, history education senior Noah Saperstein said. “We are protesting mainly to raise awareness. If we

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iPod, other valuables stolen

Police are investigating two thefts from vehicles that occurred between 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5 inside Ramp 6 on Grand River Avenue near East Circle Drive. Both cars were parked in level B-1 of the ramp, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothianTaylor said. The first victim, a 21-year-old female, found the passenger-side window of her red 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo smashed. Her 16GB iPod touch was taken from her center console. She also noticed a nearby four-door white 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix had a smashed-in passenger window. The owner noticed a striped bag was missing, including about $300 worth of makeup. Police checked the surrounding area and did not find any suspicious people. No suspects have been identified. The thefts are under investigation. Katie Abdilla

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Singh says situation is “embarrassment” for governor, Tea Party has cost state $600 million from page one

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Jazz studies sophomore Duncan Tarr holds an umbrella over economics sophomore Austin Costakis during a protest demonstration against the possible military strike in Syria Monday behind Bessey Hall.


Students asked to stop after actions disrupt class studies, police say; banner also taken down from page one

Football blog Entering week three of the 2013 season, the Spartans (2-0 overall) remain on the fringe of the national polls. MSU’s 26 votes are tied for the second-most among teams outside the Associated Press Top 25, while the Spartans received the most votes among unranked teams in the USA Today poll. The Spartans have been mostly unimpressive in 2013, with a 26-13 win against Western Michigan before beating South Florida Stephen Brooks

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do nothing, we are complacent in society," Saperstein said. “We want to get more media coverage than just MSU because it has more of a message if there are many groups across the nation that are involved. If

Congress votes to take military action, this protest would turn into a campaign.” The conf lict continues to receive widespread international coverage. Along with the large banner that was ordered to be taken down by MSU police, the students also had many handmade signs reading "Spartans stand together against unjust wars," "Ignorance is strength" and "Draw red lines at home." Early in the protest, chants could be heard from a megaphone such as “What do we want? Peace!" "When do we want it? Now!” and “Stay out

of Syria!” However, the megaphone quickly was placed on the ground when local officials informed the group they did not have a proper permit to use such materials. MSU police Sgt. Florence McGlothian-Taylor said that the group was extremely cooperative once they were informed of the university rules. She said the main priority was to avoid distracting other students from their studies. “Classes are going on, so we have to make sure that the other students on campus are not disturbed," McGlothian-Taylor said.

in the right direction. Enter men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo.

dent section once play resumed. The remaining fans poured to the exits and many set up camp in the concourse of Spartan Stadium until the evacuation was complete. Others left for Wells Hall or other locations outside the stadium before returning. Facing imminent danger, Hollis said Izzo was the consensus choice to serve as MSU’s voice of reason, given his strong rapport with students and fans. “That’s something where you have to determine who will those who are in harm’s way listen to. And in that case, it’s Tom Izzo,” Hollis said. “You know, when Tom’s not here, we’re going to have to figure out somebody else.”

which the federal government views as dependent on personal income and the expected family contribution to the student. M e a nw h i le , b e c au s e immediate effect wasn't granted to the bill, MDCH Director James Haveman said the state will lose out on $7 million a day until the expansion is implemented. On top of that, Minicuci said the state is losing an additional $64 million it could have saved if the bill were to take effect Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, uninsured adults would have to pay a $95 penalty for lacking coverage — a fee they wouldn't


Officials hope new bachelor’s of science in econ. will more closely match B.A. program from page one


Student section engaged in chants once evacuation notice started; Izzo called on to help from page one

“I didn’t want to be the one to leave first and have everyone yelling at me, but I could see it was going to rain.” As many fans remained despite the warning to evacuate, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon came up with the idea to send out a wellrespected voice to sway them

Izzo’s arrival drew cheers from students; MSU President Simon made the call to bring out the basketball coach Upon strolling across the field to a raucous cheer from the remaining fans, Izzo spoke to the student fanbase, urging them to respect the university and football program by following directions. And if they met his expectations, Izzo promised he would sit along with them in the stu-

together, said Ethan Segal, associate dean of academic and student affairs in the College of Social Sciences. “We’re trying to streamline the process for students so that they can get their degree as quickly as possible,” Segal said.

have had to pay if immediate effect was granted. That's drawn no shortage of criticism from Democrats in the state House and Senate. "It's another embarrassment for the governor," said Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing. "The Tea Party has cost the state of Michigan $600 million." Still, most Democrats and many Republicans view the expansion as a positive. "We didn't get everything that we wanted, but we did pretty well," said Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing. Republican leaders such as House Speaker Jase Bolger applauded the passage, despite making it clear they dislike the Affordable Care Act as a whole. "The men and women of Michigan who get up and go to work every day to provide for their family and lose sleep every night trying to balance their checkbook deserve a state government that makes tough decisions, pushes through disagreements and solves problems," Bolger said in a statement.

There are several reasons that a major, minor or specialization would go on the moratoria list, including a program review that could result in significant changes, insufficient staff, low demand, or if it’s under consideration for discontinuation. Programs seeking moratoria are considered by the University Committee on Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Provost. “We have very few complaints because the committee is conscious of impact on students,” said Doug Estry, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of undergraduate studies.

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chinese american club offers cross cultural experiences

Bus smartphone app still on table

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With MSU’s international population constantly increasing, a new club is putting its foot forward in joining two different worlds into one friendship. On Monday, a new studentrun club, the Chinese American Cross Cultural Experience, or CACCE , invited students to come together, hang out and interact with other students of different cultural backgrounds. The vision for the new group is to create a group of Chinese and American students on campus who can share their cultural norms and provide unique perspectives on both sides. Monday evening marked the first meeting for the new student organization and the executive board was ready to welcome new members with wide arms. While students were rolling in, “Green Light,” a tune from soul singer John Legend echoed in the background, serving as a symbolic moment for students to move forward, lighten up and build new friendships of different cultures. Recent graduate and club adviser Chelsie Diedrich joined with other students to form the club after coming back from a study abroad trip in China a few summers ago. Diedrich said she enjoyed the experience so much that she wanted to continue crosscultural interactions among her fellow students consistently.

After a failed start last year because of a lack of interest, Diedrich made it her mission this year to find an executive board to carry the plan out. "We interviewed everyone that’s on the (executive board) and we thought they were the perfect people for the group and they all had a big interest in it," Diedrich said. "They all loved the idea, and that’s how this happened." Liz Witcher, Chinese and social relations and policy senior and president of CACCE, said upcoming events will give group members authentic experiences from both sides to integrate the two different cultural groups. The group plans to take part in Chinese karaoke, American sporting outings and other events that will give a taste of both sides. "We're looking for really interactive things that can get people together and talking in an organic environment, not just sitting around and having discussions," Witcher said. "We are looking for things that are especially distinct to America in culture and things distinctly in Chinese cultures to bridge the gap." New member Zhichen Shen an international junior studying finance joined the club to find out more about a new culture while sharing her own. "It’s a good time to hang out and talk, it goes together with friends,” he said. "It’s a new way to learn more about the American culture and the differences from China.”

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As part of making life on campus easier for students, ASMSU, MSU's undergraduate student government, is trying to provide students with a mobile application to send updates about bus schedules. "The project is still in its infancy," said Michael Mozina, ASMSU vice president for finance and operations.

The CATA app would help students track bus schedules ASMSU worked on the CATA app in previous years but has struggled to get further than the early steps in the process. Mozina said ASMSU is planning to talk to the Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, about the suggestion. "The app would be pretty helpful for people living in the dorms. … It makes the CATA system, as a whole, more efficient," he said. "It's a good idea since a lot of people on campus don't know when the bus is coming," advertising junior My Ha said. "Sometimes (the bus) doesn't come and then they would have to call (CATA) to know exactly when it will come," Ha said. "It's very frustrating." CATA officials said they currently are focused on

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Accounting freshmen LaToya Smith, left, and Likun Yang, right, get on a bus on Monday at the CATA bus station on Shaw Lane. ASMSU is developing an app to provide students with an updated bus schedule.

“The app would be pretty helpful for people living in the dorms.” Michael Mozina, ASMSU vice president for finance and operations

providing their customers with real-time information online and via email and text message. "The availability of real-time information would indeed be beneficial to our customers, which is why we are diligently working on online and email and text-messaging solutions," said Laurie Robison, director of marketing and public informa-

tion officer at CATA. Robison said CATA has no current intentions of developing an app at the moment, instead putting more of a focus on the overall accuracy of the data first. "Once the accuracy and reliability of our data are verified, it will be available to qualified developers," Robison said.

Mozina said the idea of developing the app came from ASMSU's interest in providing students with a better on-campus experience. The undergraduate student government will be looking for student programmers to create the app once the idea becomes an actual project. "We (at ASMSU) are looking toward engaging students to help them out and nourish their academics," Mozina said. "We understand something like this (project) is expensive so we're trying to create something that wouldn't take that much money."

Liquor licensing mix-up puts plans for Lansing What Up Dawg? on hold Simon Schuster The State News nn

The popular East Lansingbased restaurant W hat Up Dawg? has invested in a new location downtown Lansing, but owners said issues with liquor licensing have postponed its opening indefinitely. What Up Dawg? first opened its doors at 317 M.A.C. Ave. in 2011. Since its inception, the latenight restaurant specializing in hot dogs, fries, beers and Faygo sodas has become a popular destination for students and residents.

Co-owner Seth Tompkins said the interest in expanding the business to Lansing started after a local bar complex noticed the What Up Dawg? hot dog cart in Michigan's capital and wanted a larger operation. The Lansing location, What Up Dawg? Express, is set to be a small storefront in a bar area featuring a limited menu and kitchen open in conjunction with the bar and available for select events. The new location has been operating under a soft opening at 414 E. Michigan Ave., since Aug. 1, but closed Sept. 4 after a member of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission h e a lt h a n d e n v i r o n m e n t b l o g

Healthy lifestyle seminars available

The last thing the typical student likely wants to do is sign up for another class. But the new series of Health4U "classes" at MSU include sessions in a chair massage and lessons in holiday cooking. Health4U is a University Physician's Office program that promotes healthy lifestyles through seminars, services and activities throughout campus. Coordinators recently put out a complete list of classes and services offered from now to August 2014. The diverse list offers undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty the opportunity to learn everything from active stretching to how to be productive in toxic work environments. Most of the classes offered fall under six categories of the Health4U focus — emotional wellness; food and nutrition; health consumerism; movement and fitness; and alcohol, nicotine and drug information. Some classes are more scientific — there's a class on healthy relationships, for example, and others about hoarding, stress eating and how to quit smoking. But there are plenty of options for more low-key students, such as music and stargazing at Abrams Planetarium, which features guided constellation tours through four sessions in the fall semester. Upcoming classes include Chopped: The Farmers Market Edition on Sept. 18, Emotional Wellness @ Work, also on Sept. 18, and The Healing Power of Guided Imagery on Sept. 19. Students and faculty can register for these programs and other sessions at the Health4U website. Celeste Bott

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“It does not make sense to me ... It’s really just the slow cog of the wheel of government moving at its own pace.” Seth Tompkins, co-owner of What Up Dawg?

said the business couldn't operate until the Lansing What Up Dawg? location was approved to sell liquor, co-owner Bill Schramm said. The new location originally had been scheduled for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller confirmed the encounter in an email and

said the commission member "advised that the business could not operate until the request is considered and approved by the commission." What Up Dawg? is leasing the storefront property from 414 Entertainment LLC, which owns the building in Lansing's Stadium District. The building already has a liquor license, but to sell alco-

hol on the premises W hat Up Dawg? needed to receive approval from the MLCC by submitting a participation agreement application. Both Schramm and Tompkins said the building owner's attorney informed them their application was on the docket for approval in late July. Tompkins, an attorney who often works on liquor licenses, assumed the application had been approved. Instead, it had been removed from the docket, Tompkins said. "It does not make sense to me," Tompkins said. "We applied under the name The

Michigan Hot Dog Experiment LLC, which is already licensed. ... It's really just the slow cog of the wheel of government moving at its own pace." E nv i ron ment a l biolog yzoology senior Colin Bright said having a What Up Dawg? express location in Lansing would be a positive addition for the business and both communities. "It's good for both [East Lansing and Lansing]," Bright said. "The food's good, I love it actually." Miller said the MLCC has a participation agreement pending, but still is under review and has not received approval.


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“Between her provocative VMA performance and explicit music video “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus is the star of negative headlines and seems to be going off the edge when it comes to her career.”

Ansari gives truths, laughs at wharton


ziz Ansari wasn’t exactly his goofy Tom friend and how much I loved having him in my life. On top of that, Ansari publicly goaded anyone Haverford or Raaaaandy self on Friday at Wharton Center, and he didn’t crack who ever pretended to be busy or straight up ignored jokes about being the “brown Ryan Gos- a text from a hopeful suitor asking to hang out. ling” or talk about his porky cousin Harris’ obses- How do you feel when someone takes two days to message you back and the sion with Cinnabon and “Lost.” most they can muster is a feeble For most of his 90-minute show, guest columnist “lol”? That hit home to anyone Ansari went into painstaking detail who’s ever had a friend copy about how much it sucks to be single. edit a message before pulling Thanks, Aziz. Instead of making fun the trigger or deluded themof Kanye West jamming to his own selves into thinking the text music at a house party, you managed somehow didn’t send. It made to remind me yet again of how I spend me ashamed of all the times my nights pounding carbs and watchI didn’t even take the time to ing “Dexter” alone. Granted I’d probreply when someone invited me ably be doing the same exact same Summer Ballentine out for drinks. thing with my boyfriend, but that’s Next time I’ll think twice not the point. about coldly clicking off my There were times in his show that I actually was tearing up (admittedly I sometimes phone when I get a message from an unknown cry watching TV commercials…). After describing number. Ansari unabashedly made a call to arms how painful it is to pine for someone you care about to everyone to remember the people behind the with all your heart, he brought up the high divorce tiny cream-colored message bubbles that pop up rate. His longing to be in a relationship reminded on your cellphone screen. Not exactly the upper I was hoping for. me of all the best moments I spent with my ex-boy-

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D on’t get me wrong. The nearly 2,000 students in the audience and I laughed our butts off during most of the show. We laughed at ourselves. Ansari characterized the worst parts of dating, such as the moment right after you send a text to that hottie from psychology and proceed to pace obsessively in your dorm until they finally text you back, if they actually text you back. It felt good to hear someone acknowledge how hard love can hurt, while making fun of the drama with so much wit I literally threw my head back in laughter. It was empowering to put things into perspective and laugh instead of cry for once. And Ansari helped me reflect on how I treat others. As he said, you wouldn’t give someone the silent treatment if they pluck up the courage to ask you out via phone call. Why is it more acceptable to ignore someone via text? He gave me a greater sense of empathy and concern to respect other humans like real people, not just little cream-colored bubbles on your phone.

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The show was a lot heavier than I bargained for, and some people went so far as to call him “unfunny.” But I prefer humor that has depth and helps me gain a new perspective on life. We don’t have to be satisfied with mindless jokes about the endless stream of people making idiots of themselves on YouTube, although sometimes a Daniel Tosh rant is enough to perk up my day. It might not have been traditional humor, but there’s only so much you can get out of Ansari’s killer impression of Seal singing “Kiss from a Rose.” If nothing else, Ansari’s performance made me think. Summer Ballentine is copy chief at The State News. Reach her at

monday’s poll results JUST SO YOU KNOW


“Classroom learning environment, not pulpit” Thank you for writing this. I was very upset to see the editorial last week saying that this was free speech. Free speech is on your own time — not when you are on the clock. Check your personal political opinions at the door, please and thank you — I don’t care which way you lean.

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Was English professor William Penn’s punishment appropriate?

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like to think of myself as a food connoisseur. Not to brag, but I eat at least three meals a day — four, if you count late-night ice cream binges. One of the first questions I had when I began my freshman year was, “Where can a girl go to get a good bite to eat around here?” Of course, the first answer I got was, “Brody, duh.” Little did I realize that Brody Square is quite the hike from main campus — but oh, so worth it. Being a huge fan of yams, I can say with certainty the sweet potato I had for dinner at Brody was worth the walk and bus ride. At any other cafeteria on campus, I can’t justify paying $7 for Hamburger Helper — but Brody can take all my money. Five out of five stars. I would recommend it to anyone. Beyond the traditional MSU cafeterias, I have spent much of my free time maneuvering Grand River Avenue in search of a decent lunch — with many hits, and a few misses. One of the first places I went to was Moe’s Southwest Grill, where I indulged in the Homewrecker Burrito. As the name would suggest, this voluptuous, oh-so-full-of-girth, oblong tortilla-wrapped wonder was as big as my face. Good job, Moe. Staying true to my venture of trying new food, I wandered into the bright and oceanic atmosphere of Omi Sushi.

Having never eaten sushi that was past to describe in any intelligent way. From the quality of imitation crab, genuine what I gather, they pour milk into a big sushi was something exciting, and it refrigerator and out comes ice cream. also reinforced the idea that I was in One of the best things about the Dairy Store’s fresh-made ice cream is the fact fact eating a raw fish. Although raw bundles of fish and that I don’t have to make it. The next stop on my cross-town, seaweed aren’t usually my thing, these c r o s s - c a mpu s f o o d were exceptional. I rece x pedit ion wa s No ommend sushi to anyguest columnist Thai!, which was a one willing to stray far fatal error on my part. from the staple burger I am a wimp when it and fry meal. Heading comes to spicy food, so up the sushi, I decidordering the sweet and ed to bend my food spicy chicken was the comfort zone by trykiss of death for me. ing tempura-fried ice The first bite was good; cream. That was one t he i m men se spice of the best decisions I Olivia dimmer didn’t hit me until the have ever made second. Then, I began ing ice cream. to perspire. The only Sp e a k i n g of i c e cream, no MSU food venture is com- thought that ran through my head was, plete without a mention of the MSU “Lord Jesus, it’s a fire.” And thus, I was defeated by No Thai! Dairy Store. Not only have I tried nearly all of the flavors they have to offer, I They should expect me back for round also have been behind the scenes and two sometime in the near future. After that, I directed my attention was able to view (from a distance) the actual process by which the masters of to eateries outside of Grand River Aveall things dairy create their campus- nue. One of the most peculiar establishments I have come across is the food renowned product. First off, everything in the factory court inside the International Center, is white, and all the workers remotely The Crossroads Foodcourt. As the name resemble pale Oompa-Loompas labor- would suggest, I thought I would stuming over frozen confections. Also, I ble into a food court that actually had, have no idea how ice cream is made, so well, international food. Much to my much of what I saw I would be unable dismay, I was met with a Panda Express

and a Subway. I would like to know which region of the world that Subway belongs to that qualifies it as an “international” restaurant. This is but one of many things about the eateries of MSU and East Lansing that confuses me. To conc lude my e x h ibit ion on t he inner works of my eating habits, I would like to make the statement that finding food on campus is not hard I would — but t he advenlike to ture of discovering a make the new local favorite is. Through my explorastatement tion of campus and that finding local food, I found three universal truths: food on One: If all else fails, campus is EasyMac comes in a not hard microwaveable cup. Two: Although the — but the cafeterias are nice and adventure the local food is great, of nothing really beats a discovering home-cooked meal. Three: I will definite- a new local ly be gaining a “fresh- favorite man 15” this year. is.” Olivia Dimmer is a staff reporter at The State News. Reach her at odimmer@

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New Spartan Marching Band twirler performs fresh routines By Anya Rath THE STATE NEWS nn

Ashley Burkin can’t stand still. As she waits for the music to cue her start, she repeatedly tosses her baton in the air. Burkin’s face scrunches up in concentration as the sparkling silver baton weaves through the air. Her face erupts in a smile each time she firmly catches it. Since the age of 5, Burkin has been immersed in the world of baton twirling. Today, she is the newest of the three feature twirlers for the Spartan Marching Band. Burkin, a chemical engineering freshman, said there are many different aspects of twirling. "Dance and gymnastics are a big part of the twirling," said Burkin, the first new twirler since 2010. "Toes (should) always be pointed, leg lines (should) be straight." Burkin, who puts in about 10 hours of practice each week, said

ing Band. "I had to create a DVD of performances I had done to send in as a prerequisite for the audition," Burkin said. "The band director looked at the videos and chose three girls to be invited to come to the audition. They were only taking one girl this year." Burkin said performing in Spartan Stadium during football games is an exhilarating experience. "The first game was amazing," she said. "It was a truly surreal experience looking at the passion between the people in the stands and on the field." Kristen Scali, a kinesiology senior, has been a twirler for the Spartan Marching Band since she was a freshman. "(Twirling) is something we've been doing our entire lives, (it takes) years of practice," Scali said. "Twirling for a Big Ten university is the pinnacle." Scali said she has been impressed with Burkin's performance so far. "It's really hard to pick up on

being a feature twirler enables her to choreograph her own routines most of the time. Improvisation also is a big part of her performances. Burkin added that she typically sticks to twirling three batons at a time. Burkin picked up baton twirling after her mother placed her in classes as a child. She twirled through her youth and performed in the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. Burkin, a native of Mentor, Ohio, began looking for colleges with a good engineering program and a twirling program when she was a junior in high school. One of her twirler friends was a feature twirler for MSU, so Burkin shadowed her to a football game in fall 2012. "I fell in love with how beautiful the campus (is)," Burkin said. Sold on MSU, Burkin then began researching the Honors College, various scholarships and the audition process to become a twirler for the Spartan March-

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Chemical engineering freshman Ashley Burkin twirls her batons during a band practice Monday at Demonstration field. Burkin is the first baton twirler addition since 2010.

the traditional style — the Spartan Marching Band is very military style,” Scali said. “It's not what most twirlers do, but she has a great dance, baton and cheerleading background. She has a well-rounded experience that has really helped her pickup and step in."

Burkin already is anticipating the challenges of balancing twirling with her school work but isn't letting the fear of feeling overwhelmed set her back. "I know that it is a lot of time, but I feel like I walked into this campus practically knowing no one," Burkin said.

"I haven't felt alone since I've gotten here — I wouldn't change it for the world."

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beer MSU Museum gallery focuses on Detroit By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

Students and members of the community now are able to experience the city of Detroit through a different lens in a new exhibition at the MSU Museum. Detroit Resurgent, which opened Sept. 8, is part of an ongoing project put together by French photographer Giles Perrin. The collection of photographs aims to reshape the assumptions many people have about the city of Detroit. Detroit Resurgent is on display at the MSU Museum until Jan. 12, and the official opening and reception is Sept. 18. "Detroit really has worldw ide recognition, making this exhibition timely," MSU Museum acting director Lora Helou said.

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Dantonio on QB choice: “Right now, this is a day-to-day thing” THE STATE NEWS nn

In preparation for South Florida last week, head coach Mark Dantonio informed sophomore quarterback Connor Cook on Monday that he would be starting against the Bulls. Cook then practiced all week as the starter, and redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor worked as the backup because the coaches wanted to give him his first game experience. The public first learned Cook got the nod hours before kick off Saturday. As the Spartans ready themselves for Youngstown State this week, Dantonio said on his Sunday teleconference he will let the quarterback situation sort itself out in practice and inform the players before making an official announcement. “Right now, this is a day-to-day thing, as I said (Saturday),” Dantonio said. “I really wish I could be more concrete on things, but

it really depends on how a guy practices, because we need to see the production.” Senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell started the second half against South Florida after MSU held just a 7-6 lead heading into the intermission. Maxwell remains in the mix to play in the Youngstown State game despite not receiving many repetitions with the first or second team offense in practice last week, Dantonio said. Freshman Damion Terry also could see his first action as a Spartan against the Penguins, as Dantonio said he looks “ready to compete” after missing game two with an illness and thumb injury. “Bottom line is, someone needs to seize that opportunity when they have it and make good on it and not come up empty — not in the situation that we are in now,” Dantonio said. “And in all honesty, I’m going to become more impatient as time goes, and I expect more. As time goes on, I expect more.”

Maxwell and Cook engineered the offense’s two touchdown drives this season, although both scores came on the ground from junior running back Jeremy Langford. The Spartans average 3.4 yards per pass attempt so far in 2013, which ranks last among 123 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams. MSU currently ranks No. 117 nationally in passing yards per game with 105. In seven possessions versus South Florida, Cook completed six of 11 passes for 32 yards while running for 29 more. O’Connor and Maxwell each got two series on Saturday, going two-for-four for 22 yards and four for nine for 40 yards, respectively. “I have a sense of urgency in this process,” Dantonio said. “I want to try to formulate it and get it handled as quick as possible, so I have to give people opportunities. As I continue to say, there’s oppositions and there’s opportunities as well, and I understand that, but we have to go forward.”

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kick to the head lands clem on injury list By Derek Blalock THE STATE NEWS nn

Just six games into the women’s soccer season, the Spartans have already seen their injury list fill up. In Sunday’s game at New Mexico, they had to face a little more. In the 27th minute of the Spartans’ (4-0-2 overall) 1-0 win against the Lobos (1-40), junior goalkeeper Courtney Clem left the game after being kicked in the face and was replaced by sophomore goalkeeper Gabrielle Gauruder, who went on to clinch the win. MSU head coach Tom Saxton said after the game they wanted to monitor Clem for concussion symptoms and doesn’t think she will be out for an extended period of time. Gauruder, who made her first appearance in goal this season, said after the game it's never easy coming in under those circumstances, but it was unfortunate and she needed to give her team a boost. "I just tried to come in with a positive attitude and keep my team enthusiastic," Gauruder said. Junior defender/midfielder Nicole Caruso, who scored the game-winning goal against New Mexico with seven minutes left, said it was crucial the team pick up its play after Clem went down. “It’s not fun when your starting goalkeeper gets injured at all, but we knew our back up goalkeeper was going to do just as good and we had a lot of faith in her,” Caruso said. “It did make us play a lot harder, because we felt really bad she got injured and had to come out, so we really stepped up as a team.” For the New Mexico match, sophomore forward Allyson Krause made her way back to the lineup after missing the Oakland game last Thursday due to a strained muscle. Saxton said it wasn’t too serious, but they wanted to make sure Krause was rested with much of the season still left to


MSU students off to see USA vs. Mexico in Columbus

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Defensive end Julius Forte tackles sophomore quarterback Connor Cook causing a fumbled ball Saturday at Spartan Stadium. University of South Florida recovered the ball.

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Junior goalkeeper Courtney Clem jumps to save the ball during the Sept. 5 match at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans tied the Grizzlies, 1-1, after playing two scoreless overtime periods.

play. Heading into the season with only six upperclassmen — the fewest in 25 years — the Spartans knew they would need to rely on an abundance of young players. After the first weekend of games, however, the importance of those underclassmen became more substantial. After games against Buffalo and Milwaukee to open the season, MSU lost two upperclassmen and starters — junior forward/midfielder Lisa Vogel and junior forward Paige Wester. Vogel and Wester both have missed the last two weeks

after knee injuries sidelined them. Saxton said they weren’t cleared for last weekend, but expects they will be cleared soon to start participating again. “Because they’re both knees and soccer is such a knee intensive game, we’ll probably have to ease them back,” Saxton said. "That’ll also be a lift for us. "I don’t think we’ll have anybody else who will be ruled out next week which is a nice thing, because it seems like every weekend we’ve had somebody get bounced out well.”

The legend of Dos a Cero is more than just a score, it’s a trio of results that will live in U.S. Soccer's history forever. The last three times the U.S. and Mexico have tangled in World Cup qualifiers in the U.S. were in Columbus, Ohio at Columbus Crew Stadium. Each time the score ended in 2-0 in favor of the Americans. Now, with an important match against the Mexicans set for tonight at 8 p.m. (ESPN), the legend of Dos a Cero, signifying the U.S.’s 2-0 wins over Mexico, lives on. Even though the game is nearly 250 miles south of East Lansing, that doesn't mean there a Spartan presence will be absent from the game. Senior human resource management senior Matt Edwards and media and information senior Kevin Zemanski are two students heading to Columbus for the duel between the nations. “I’m very excited,” Edwards said. “You don't get too many opportunities to go to a qualifier match, especially USA and Mexico." Edwards and Zemanski were lucky to get tickets,

as there were more than twice as many ticket requests as the 24,000-plus capacity Crew Stadium holds. The official U.S. supporters section, the American Outlaws, will consist of 9,000 fans stretching over 27 sections, the largest in the 100-year history of the federation. The pair applied for the ticket lottery, but were unsuccessful. Fortunately for them, a friend of Zemanski’s brother had extras, which they snatched up in a heartbeat. Zemanski said he was at the game in Columbus in 2001, when goals from Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart gave birth to the legend of Dos a Cero. His cousin, Ben Zemanski, plays for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, or MLS. While he said he’s a U.S. fan above all else, he watched his cousin’s run through the ranks closely. “I always start with the national team because of my dad and then go to my cousin,” Zemanski said. “My cousin went to Akron, so I followed them, and then he went to MLS, so I follow that league now.” He admitted it’s hard to follow MSU soccer because the games are during the day when he is in class or out with friends but he’s been to a few games, such as Akron last season, and follows them on Twitter.

While Zemanski and Edwards are going to cheer on the Yanks, MSU men’s soccer coach Damon Rensing will use the game as a learning experience for his team. “Soccer is continuing to grow in this country, and anytime soccer does well on a national and world level, that brings more focus to the people here,” Rensing said. “It’s great for our guys. We show video clips of the U.S. National Team stuff because that’s what some of their aspirations are, as lofty as those are." Rensing compares getting excited about the high profile match in soccer to watching the Wimbledon Championships intently in tennis or following the Masters with a close eye in golf. Overall, the U.S. is 16-32-13 in 63 previous meetings against Mexico; but since 2000 they have been dominant, posting an 11-5-4 record against El Tri, including a 9-2-3 mark on home soil. With a win tonight, the U.S. officially could punch its ticket to the World Cup in Brazil beginning in June; and while Edwards envisions the Dos a Cero trend to come to an end, he anticipates the experience to last a lifetime. “My prediction is United States wins 1-0,” he said. “Just to be there for the experience like that will be amazing. This will be something you can tell your grandchildren about.”

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