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Despite renovations made to IM Sports-West this summer, MSU’s IM Sports facilities are still in dire need of renovations, director of recreational sports and fitness services Rick McNeil said. McNeil, who has worked with Recreational Sports and Fitness Services for 30 years, said MSU’s IM Sports facilities need more space and significant overhauls. “We need major renovations to IM East, West and Circle, we need to expand the footprint of IM East, we need a major overhaul of all of our outdoor field space,” McNeil said. “So what we need is a lot, but it’s a matter of competing against the dollars.”
“One of the things that we have to realize is a campus as large as Michigan State University and as diverse in space, there are a variety of opportunities.” Denise Maybank, Vice president for Student Affairs and Services MSU has three IM Sports facilities — IM Sports-West, IM Sports-East and IM Sports-Circle — but also has a number of smaller facilities within residential halls.
Cosmetic and comfort updates this summer were made to parts of IM Sports-West. The indoor pool space at IM Sports-West was renovated completely. By the time it reopens, there will be new grouting and tiles, a new ceiling, new lighting, acoustic panels, and a new HVAC system — heating, ventilation and air conditioning. “This was the original HVAC system,” McNeil said. “And after 60 years of being in an unairconditioned environment, mechanical systems will rust. And they rusted. So they had to get replaced, and the university funded roughly a $4 million renovation.” The coaches’ offices and the team locker rooms were also upgraded, McNeil said. The pool, which has been closed all summer, will reopen later this semester. “It’s scheduled to be open — the target is by the end of September,” McNeil said. “This pool is 60 years old, this building’s not going anywhere, this pool’s not going anywhere. That was an investment to change what we have.” Study lounge spaces outside the building’s classrooms were also installed and the building’s hallways and stairways were repainted in different colors and patterns. But despite these changes, the fitness centers still need significant renovations, McNeil said. The need for renovations to the fitness centers has been long overdue, according to State News articles from 2015, 2016 and 2017. The State News previously reported the facilities were lacking when compared to other
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New noise reduction foam that was added to the pool is pictured on Aug. 30 at IM Sports West. The new foam is part of a minor facility-wide update done over the summer. PHOTO: MATT SCHMUCKER
schools, the residence hall facilities either had an absence of equipment or had damaged equipment and the facilities were underfunded. Space and capacity for all three IM Sports facilities are major concerns, McNeil said. This has led to the need to use some fitness spaces in other ways than their intended purposes. IM Sports-West was built 60 years ago when racquetball courts were in high demand, McNeil said. As a result, there are nine original racquetball courts on the center’s lower level, but they’re mostly used as spaces for table tennis and dance groups. “There’s nothing economical that we can do differently with them. One thing we have done — there’s table tennis tables outside of every one of the courts downstairs,” McNeil said. “You might not have any of the courts being used by racquetball players. So it’s about repurposing space to refit the need.” The IM Sports centers are frequently overcrowded, McNeil said. He said there’s not enough fitness space on campus to accommodate all of MSU’s students. “We have about half of what we should have,” he said. “The maximum we can serve is only about 200 students an hour. In the wintertime, we’ll run about 2,500 students per day through just the fitness center when we get real busy. And that’ll start end of October. 2,500 students a day is not uncommon.” McNeil, along with MSU employees from Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, Student Affairs and Services, kinesiology and landscape architecture students and more have outlined a framework to identify problem areas and needs within MSU’s current IM facilities. The committee, which does not have an official name, hopes to identify problem areas within the IM facilities. Deputy Athletics Director Greg Ianni chaired the committee, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Denise Maybank convened and organized the committee. The committee commissioned Moody Nolan, an architectural firm that has worked with
other Big Ten schools, to do a study of MSU’s spaces, Maybank said. “So throughout the spring semester straight through to June, we were having meetings that let them walk our spaces, look at what we were doing and offer us a way to contextualize what we might be able to do on our campus,” Maybank said. From that, the committee designed a framework to pose some changes and upgrades to the spaces. The hope is that some of the ideas can be presented to MSU’s Board of Trustees at either the October or February meetings, Maybank said. Maybank said the group will look at how to use existing spaces on campus, including outdoor spaces, in more effective ways. “One of the things that we have to realize is a campus as large as Michigan State University and as diverse in space, there are a variety of opportunities,” she said. “We need to think about how we use some of those other spaces as well.” After the framework is developed, input will be gathered from student leaders, Maybank said. McNeil said the biggest obstacle will be determining how to pay for the renovations over the years, and over time as resources become available. He said decisions will need to be made about priorities. “We are funded through general fund support, so we’re competing with all the academic units,” McNeil said. “So we’re in the same pool of money that the provost needs to fund for all the academic units on campus. Everybody needs more money, there’s a limited amount of money because students don’t want to pay astronomical tuition any more than it is now. So that’s just a really difficult balance between affordability and need.” Despite this, McNeil said he is more optimistic about the future than he ever has been. “Finally, a master plan has been created by knowledgeable individuals,” McNeil said. “We’re at least part of the conversation now, and so our priority’s been elevated because we’re part of the conversation for solution and that’s very encouraging to me.”
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Schuette announces gubernational bid BY MILA MURRAY MMURRAY@STATENEWS.COM
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced his candidacy for Governor of Michigan on Sept. 12. He will be joining the Republican list of candidates for the 2018 gubernatorial election. In his official announcement delivered in Midland, Michigan on Tuesday evening, he stated, “I am running for governor because it is time for Michigan to lead the world again.” Schuette’s website states that he is planning on “winning for Michigan,” claiming that he has fought for victims of crime, against corruption and the Obama administration. In his announcement, he states: “When I am elected governor, I will hold the Washington politicians to their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.” He spoke about his efforts as attorney general including suing the Obama administration for “his attempt to end run the congress on energy regulations” and banning affirma-
tive action in the 2014 case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. He also mentioned his efforts to fund the testing of “abandoned sexual assault evidence kits and start prosecuting rapists who had gone free” in line with combating human trafficking. “I have a record of accomplishment. Michigan has rebounded from the lost decade thanks to our republican team, thanks to Governor Snyder and our republican leadership team,” he stated in opposition to returning to democratic leadership, using ‘lost decade’ to refer to Michigan under the leadership of former Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. “When the people of Michigan have needed a fighter, they’ve turned to Gretchen Whitmer because she has spent her career fearlessly taking on the status quo to put the people first, while Bill Schuette has put special interests and his own political gain ahead of peoples’ lives,” Whitmer for Governor Communications Director Annie Ellison said.
From left to right, accounting graduate student Kari Jurewicz, MSU Board of Trustees member Melanie Foster, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College Sanjay Gupta, President Lou Anna K. Simon and Provost June Youatt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Broad College of Business Pavilion Project on Sep. 8, 2017 across from the Red Cedar River outside the Broad College Complex. Gupta spoke at the opening of the ceremony. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO
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‘How can we live the next six months without pressure?’ DACA recipients turn to lawyers, each other during period of uncertainty
Doctoral student José Badillo Carlos pictured on Sept. 11. He and his colleague Osvaldo Sandoval are in the Romance and Classical Studies program and are active DACA recipients. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO
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On the morning of Sept. 5, doctoral student Osvaldo Sandoval went to teach his first class, Spanish 350 at 8 A.M., three hours before President Donald Trump would announce whether or not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA. Three hours came and went, and so did hope for DACA participants like Sandoval and doctoral student José Badillo Carlos around the nation. Trump announced his decision to terminate the program. Undocumented immigrants like Sandoval and Badillo Carlos were left to wonder what to do next.
futures. “A lot of people are scared,” Thronson said. She foresaw the program’s termination back when Trump was still campaigning for office. Through the Immigration Law Clinic she runs, Thronson and her law students are doing whatever they can to help. “Right now, we’re really just trying to figure out what’s going to happen, who is being affected, how can we help,” she said. “Because we really have a very small window to help people who are able to get help.”
‘Why don’t they just get in line?’ Sandoval and Badillo Carlos were able to apply to the PhD program at MSU because of DACA, which provided them with renewable temporary legal residency. Trump gave Congress six months to make a final decision on the executive order. But for now, their work permits are nonrenewable. “How can we live in the next six months without pressure?” Sandoval said. “Emotionally, morally, it affects us because the world keeps on moving,” Badillo Carlos said. “We can’t just stop everything to try and fix our issues, we also have obligations. ... How am I going to deal with this? What options do I have? Who do I talk to?” Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Veronica Thronson has been fielding phone calls for the last week from people who suddenly have unsure
‘Why don’t they just get papers?’ Sandoval’s permit officially ends on May 4 and after that date, he will be unable to renew it. He now must rush to finish his dissertation in the legal time frame he has left. “If we survived before, we can survive now, but we went into the PhD (program) because we just wanted to get a degree, to educate,” Sandoval said. “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.” His plans in the PhD program at MSU have been compromised; he worries about graduating on time, completing his dissertation and finishing his education. Once his permit expires, Sandoval will be left without legal status or an ID. He won’t be able to work, or fly on an airplane if he wanted to visit family in his home state, California. And according to Thronson, beginning the process of naturalization can be a difficult, lengthy and expensive process.
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People qualify for DACA in the United States Nearly 775,000 (774,230) young undocumented immigrants have received relief from DACA since 2012 6,400 DACA recipients are in Michigan
September 5, 2017 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Upcoming 2018 - 275,344 people are set to have their DACA/EAD statuses expire
Doctoral student Osvaldo Sandoval pictured on Sept. 11. If DACA ends, Sandoval may be deported next May when his work permit and residency expires. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO.
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“We have to figure out how to survive when all we want to do is educate ourselves,” Badillo Carlos said. “We’re trying to be good citizens, 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 because we have to figure out how we are going to survive after this ends.” “If I go back to Mexico, I don’t even know where to start,” Sandoval said. “I don’t know how the system works over there anymore.” ‘Why don’t they just become U.S. citizens?’ MSU released a statement in support with the DACA program and undocumented immigrant students, as did many other organizations, including the Michigan Latino Legislative Caucus and the MSU Latino/Chicano student organization, Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU. “We’re not ‘bad hombres,’ like some people might call us,” Badillo Carlos said. “We are here to be better people, better educated. It’s comforting to know that the university has released a statement but I think there’s more to be done to get support for us.” Badillo Carlos hopes that at the end of six months, or before then, that there is a bipartisan legislation that will fix the termination of DACA. “By helping us, that would also help the economy because most of us are in our early twenties, early thirties, and demographically those are the consumers that are spending more money,” Badillo Carlos said. “We are Americans. I know more about American history, American culture than my own culture because I’ve been here my entire life. ... This is a humanitarian crisis right now.” Sandoval has formed a family in the United States: he has a wife that is also under DACA and a daughter who was born here. “Going back to our countries is like going back to a strange country,” Sandoval said. “It just gets harder, there are many factors that need to be considered and taken into action.” According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services, there are nearly 775,000 undocumented immigrants who have received relief from DACA in the country and more than 6,400 in the state of Michigan, but it’s not about the statistics. “We are human too, we’re not just numbers,” Badillo Carlos said. “That’s what you hear in the news: 800,000, 700,000.
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We’re not numbers, we also have families that depend on us, we also have other needs, we also have other responsibilities.” Sandoval hopes to see an end to the cycle of constant permit renewal and uncertainty. “If we are given legal documentation, a working permit, our final goal is to go to the job market and be an instructor, do some research, publish on our topics at a four year university, that’s my goal,” Sandoval said. “To stay in academia, in the school system, that’s my final goal, If not, I have no idea.” But their main goal is to be able to continue their research, teaching and education. “We were brought here as children, we grew up here, we adapted to the culture, to the language, we want to stay here, we’re not criminals, we’re not bad people,” Badillo Carlos said. “All we want to do is get an education and continue to help our families, our communities, just society in general.” Thronson says there needs to be a long-term solution to the immigration system in the country. “Our immigration system is so broken,” Thronson said. “People say, ‘Oh why don’t they just get in line? Or why don’t they just get papers? Why don’t they just become U.S. citizens?’ Like it was just that easy. And once you sit down with someone and explain how difficult the process is and how very few options there are for people who are undocumented then people are faced with that reality.” CRU will be hosting an event soon to help spread the awareness and information on what the removal of DACA means to the student community. CRU Program Facilitator Tammi Cervantes said that students in the Latino community are scared and confused. “There’s so many (DACA participants) and their contributions have been completely undeniable,” Cervantes said. “And it’s unfair to all of them, it’s unfair to the country, and to all the hard work because they came here as children and they have no fault.” Badillo Carlos and Sandoval will continue to work towards their degrees and their futures, but now with uncertainty. “At some point you get tired of getting false hope, and I say this because of what happened in the past,” Sandoval said. “When you think that they’re going to pass, for example the DREAM Act years ago, and nothing happens and then again, creating this false hope, and in the end we stay in the same condition.”
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about what comes out of the tap, Masten added. At a time when Flint, only 50 miles away, remains in the headlines over its ight now, someone on campus is turnlead-poisoned water, some Spartans feel anx- MSU Infrastructure and Planning Facilities recently released the 2016 water ing on their tap and pouring themselves ious about MSU’s testing regimen. Since the quality report, with data collected from both the 2014 and 2016 school years a nice, cold cup of radium, haloacetic drinking water is tested for lead once every highlighting the currently quality of campus water. Below is a breakdown of acid and chlorine. three years, the lead data referenced in the what one might find in a single glass of MSU water based on that study. Even though MSU’s water supply truly does newest report is from 2014. contain trace amounts of these chemicals, Biochemistry and molecular biology major COPPER LEAD there is no cause for alarm. According to John Kim was particularly unsettled to hear MSU’s annual Water Quality Report, through1300 15 ppb about the three-year gap between lead tests. GROSS 15 pCi/L out 2016, on-campus drinking water met or “Are you serious?” Kim said. “Can it be ppb (MAX) ALPHA (MAX) exceeded all federal and state safety requirepossible to use that water? If you find out the parts (MAX) PARTICLE MSU’s ments. water has lead, do you want to use that? No, I per ACTIVITY At MSU’s Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. don’t think so ... that is a really bad thing.” Level: billion 8, board Chairman Brian Breslin congratulatAlthough senior urban planning major Sara total 14.2 ed the university’s Infrastructure and Planning Yoko doesn’t worry about water safety on amount of pCi/L Facilities Department on the achievement. a day-to-day basis, she doesn’t think MSU’s radioactivity “That water report you sent out can reassure current testing timeline is enough. in a water all of us that we’ve got clean water, we’re “I think it should be tested more often, espesample monitoring it all the time, and it’s living up to cially with what happened in Flint,” Yoko said. our expectations,” Breslin said. “All the stu“I don’t know if it’ll cost more money or what, attributable dents and people who use that water should but I think just for the safety of the amount of to the take great confidence in that.” students that are on campus and the residents radioactive Although she doesn’t see any reason for living here, it’s really important to do more decay of concern based on her knowledge of the source often.” alphawater, Dr. Susan Masten of MSU’s College of Masten said the process of testing for lead is emitting Engineering doesn’t think it’s fair to claim incredibly complicated, and that regulations elements following government safety standards is the only require this three-year period. She added same thing as “absolute assurance” of comthat the water crisis in Flint has changed the plete cleanliness. way nearly every entity handles water treat“I will never make the statement that ment and protection, from operators to the meeting regulatory criteria equates to safety,” EPA to educators like herself. Masten said. “With regard to Flint, I think it’s a rude awakThe report found no contaminants in the ening for a lot of utilities,” Masten said. “It’s MSU’s water supply that were higher than an estaban awakening in terms of education. ... It’s Level: lished “action level,” at which regulations find changed what I teach; I’ve added a lot more MSU’s 344 a contaminant to be above a safe amount and on corrosion control to my lectures on water Level: require action to be taken to reduce it. Masten ppb treatment, and I’ve talked to other faculty. 4 ppb said that technology developments have They’ve said the same thing.” allowed utilities to measure contaminants like As part of their efforts to educate its comlead at smaller and smaller concentrations, munity on water quality, IPF sends students but that data can never be interpreted to “red water alerts” in their email inbox, a mean a complete lack of a certain contaminotification that is sometimes misunderstood. nant. Yoko said when she has received these emails, “We’re talking about parts per billion, Masten she had always assumed they were telling said.” Think about that as one drop in a students not to drink the water. However, red billion drops. It’s very hard to see that, so we water is safe to drink and is simply a discolorcan’t accurately measure zero. We can only ation caused by sediment. say that the concentration is below whatever Although a recent red water alert dismissed the instrument can detect.” the discoloration as “harmless” in terms of These improvements in detection methods safety, not all students find that to be true. come as citizens are asking more questions Kim, who lived in Case Hall last year, said that 0 ppb 0 ppb his allergies to metals like nickel started to act up after drinking discolored water in 2014 ® 2014 that dorm. “When I used that water, I felt a reaction of the allergies,” Kim said. “I don’t think we can drink that Wanted to hire full OR part time, a person water. That smells really bad with basic machining and craftsmanship 0 pCi/L and it doesn’t look good.” BY MAXWELL EVANS
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Underage students looking to get into bars could see legal action taken against them if they use fake identification, police say. Each year, bouncers, bartenders and servers confiscate fake IDs from minors who try to get into bars. Still, when most fakes are taken, not much legal action is taken by the police for the most part. “If someone tries to get into a bar with a fake ID it falls within our disorderly conduct code,” East Lansing Police Lt. Steve Gonzalez said. “If the individual stuck around and the officer takes some kind of enforcement, the ID will be confiscated and placed into evidence, as evidence in the potential criminal case that would be upcoming in court.” Gonzalez said. “If the person left and the bar simply confiscated their ID, what they’ll do is eventually they’ll turn those IDs over to the police department.” Once the bar hands over the fakes to police, Gonzalez said ELPD mainly uses the IDs for training purposes. According to Gonzalez, ELPD also has an officer who acts as a liaison to bars and restaurants across the city. Once a fake ID is taken and given to police, it’s catalogued to distinguish trends among fakes over the years. “So that officer will take those IDs and kind of catalogue them and track them: one so we can track them and see where these IDs are coming from,” Gonzalez said. “What’s the prevalent trend, is it a state of Maryland ID, state of Michigan ID, that type of stuff to see where most of the fake IDs are coming from. From year-toyear that seems to vary a little bit.” Michael K rueger, general manager at Crunchy’s, said there are many ways to distinguish whether or not an ID is fake, but wished not to discuss the exact methods. “We just kind of stay up-to-date on all the outof-state stuff and look for the differences in what the newest ones,” he said. “There’s always new ones coming out for each state, and the fakes are getting better and better but they all have their little tells.” In order to stay on the same page for responsible liquor serving practices, bars from across the city team up with police and community
officials to form the East Lansing Responsible Hospitality Council, or RHC. Andrew Poole, MSU staff liaison for the RHC, said members of the RHC will be conducting a training with ELPD on techniques to catch fakes from entering bars and restaurants. Poole thinks it’s more important than ever to crack down on fakes because of the technology that’s available to replicate actual IDs. “It’s getting more and more challenging because of the graphic design stuff that’s available on the internet and the price you can pay on the internet to get something printed out, so they have to be on their toes with it,” he said. Kreuger, who’s also on the executive committee on the RHC, said he prefers to not get the police involved, but has no problem doing so if the minor trying to get in is being rude to his staff. “If the person is a real jerk about it, then I have the option to call East Lansing Police and they can follow up at a later time,” Kreuger said. “We do that with out-of-state fake IDs, we do that with Michigan IDs, we do it with whatever. Ideally we don’t want to turn it into the police, but as long as you’re cool about it then we’ll just cut it up and throw it away.” Per East Lansing ordinance, the only way a minor would find themselves in a bar would be through the lack of a better judgment from bouncers or through an attempted bribe. Gonzalez said East Lansing Police has been involved in a sting operation where undercover officers will try to order alcohol with an underage ID. If they receive the booze, an officer will write a citation, where fines can be levied against the individual who gave the minor access to the booze, or to the establishment itself. “If the individual employee that is checking IDs, or that’s their primary responsibility to either let them in the bar or if it’s a situation where they don’t have someone at the door and there’s a bartender that’s responsible for checking IDs before they serve someone alcohol, both that individual can be cited for a liquor control violation,” Gonzalez said. “It’s the chief’s sole discretion as to whether that violation is sent into the Michigan Liquor Control Commission so they can issue a formal violation against the establishment.”
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The transition from high school to college is not easy. The campuses are larger, the classes are longer and the workload is heavier. For the typical college freshman just entering, already having a friend in the same boat as you can go a long way towards facilitating the transition to the classroom. For freshmen MSU volleyball players Jamye Cox and Meredith Norris, it also facilitates their transition to the court. Cox and Norris knew each other prior to coming to MSU through club volleyball, as they played together for Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, one of the largest and most successful clubs in Michigan. For Norris, Michigan Elite is essentially a second home; the homegrown outside hitter from Owosso started playing for Michigan Elite at just 12-years-old. “They just really developed me as a player and a person in the volleyball world,” Norris said. “They were very caring and they always helped me to get better, so they were really good people.” Norris came in to Michigan Elite with an instant dedication to the program that was noticeable to the coaches. “Right from the get-go you knew there was something with this kid, she was just an outstanding player,” Neil Rucinski, Michigan Elite Volleyball tournament director said. Norris had a clear devotion to volleyball and Michigan Elite – accumulating numerous awards including being named both a PrepVolleyball High School All-American and a MaxPrep High School All-American in 2016 – but made commitments to other important aspects of her life as well, said Vince Muscat, her former coach and current Michigan Elite Volleyball club director. “During her 15’s year she took the task of playing basketball, travel volleyball, and most importantly excelling in the classroom,” Muscat said via an email conversation. “That season showed me that she was going to be something special.” Cox joined Michigan Elite for the 2015-16 season, her lone Students who are registered season with the club. as a full time student and Though the paid The State News subscription fee for the libero’s tenure current semester may there was short in receive a refund of that fee ifcomparison to her they do not wish to support Spartan teammate, the student newspaper. her presence on Refunds will be paid during the first 10 days of classes the team was definitely felt. at 435 E. Grand River. “I can’t tell you Proof of payment of the fee the difference and a photo ID must be between a practice presented. Office hours are and a game, she from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., came to practice Monday through Friday. 8
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and suited up with the same focus and same drive all the way through,” Rucinski said. “The kid has a no quit, no fear attitude.” Cox – a 2016 USA Today and MaxPreps high school pre-season All-American – noted that the atmosphere at Michigan elite felt more competitive in comparison to other clubs she played for in previous years, and while it took some adjusting to, it had its benefits. “It has definitely helped me be more prepared for Michigan State and the practices we go through,” Cox said. The club’s raised level of competition assisted Norris’ transition to collegiate volleyball as well, as she, too, harped on the rigorous training required of a Michigan Elite volleyball player. “They definitely prepared me a lot because they had very intense practices and their coaching and techniques are very similar to what Cathy (George), the head coach does here,” Norris said. Norris has strong family ties to MSU. Her father, Dr. Robert Norris, is a graduate of the MSU College of Human Medicine and team physician for the MSU athletic department, while her mother, Nicole, attended MSU for her graduate degree and is the athletic director at Corunna High School. While Michigan Elite is a top volleyball club in the state and a viable option for aspiring college volleyball players, just competing in club volleyball is a smart alternative for players hoping to reach the collegiate level. Michigan Elite Volleyball’s class of 2017 featured 37 players that committed to a college or university, while just seven players from the class remained uncommitted. “It’s D1 volleyball with some of these tournaments that we go to, and you are seeing some of the greatest players out there,” Rucinski said. Recruiting plays a big role in the importance of club volleyball as well, Rucinski added, as it improves players’ chances of getting noticed by schools. “Coaches like videos but they do want to see them in person,” Rucinski said. “It gives opportunities for kids to shine, get seen easily, and more importantly it’s just high competitive play.” Already being exposed to intense competition and having a familiarity with each other due to their time together at Michigan Elite made life a lot simpler for Cox and Norris when they transitioned into playing college volleyball. “It made it more comfortable on the court having a familiar face,” Cox said. “We worked together to get comfortable with other players, so it wasn’t like we were on our own, we did it together and it just made everything so much easier.” While the two teammates have contrasting personalities off the court, they are able to mesh well on the court due to their established relationship. “We are two different people but when we work together it just works,” Cox said. “I’m very hardheaded and she’s very calm, so if I have a bad day she would just calm me down and say ‘Hey, let’s go!’” The two Spartans will look to continue to build on their chemistry with the rest of their squad as their stellar season progresses. The MSU Women’s volleyball team is 5-1 on the season, with all of their victories being sweeps.
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Leprechaun vs. Sparty: a century later Before the Spartans ever waged war with the Michigan Wolverines, there was Notre Dame. This is MSU’s oldest rivalry. It’s featured the Game of the Century. It’s featured the Little Giants. There’s been good. There’s been bad. But it’s always been entertaining.
Nov. 25, 1897 MSU 6, Notre Dame 34 Nov. 19, 1966 MSU 10, Notre Dame 10 Sept. 23, 2006 MSU 37, Notre Dame 40 Sept. 18, 2010 MSU 34, Notre Dame 31 (OT)
Sept. 21, 2013 MSU 13, Notre Dame 17
Sept. 17, 2016 MSU 36, Notre Dame 28
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For the first time ever, the Spartans and Fighting Irish met in a game of football. MSU wasn’t even named Michigan State yet, it was still the Michigan Agricultural College. The Fighting Irish would go on to win the first eight games between the two, but this is where the rivalry first started.
The rivalry between the Spartans and Fighting Irish, heading into the 2017 edition, is heavily lopsided in Notre Dame’s favor, 48-29-1. That one tie came in the “Game of the Century” — No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 MSU. The showdown was nationally televised as millions tuned in to see which team truly was the best in the nation. Alas, it ended in a tie, interestingly the only tie ever between the Midwest team
The Spartans fell apart in John L. Smith’s last year at the helm against Notre Dame. After jumping out to a commanding lead, a 19-point fourth quarter powered the No. 12-ranked Fighting Irish past MSU. Drew Stanton’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Terrail Lambert late to the put the final nail in the coffin.
MSU football players rush the student section after an unexpected touchdown won them the game against Notre Dame on Sept. 18, 2010 at Spartan Stadium. A fake field goal turned into a touchdown pass that finished the game in overtime with a score of 34-31. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO
Spartan fans will never forget “Little Giants.” How could they? It was one of the marquee moments of the early college football season, pitting the two Midwest rivals against each other. After a Notre Dame field goal to open overtime and Kirk Cousins sack, the Spartans were simply looking to tie the game with a field goal of their own. Instead? Little Giants. Dan Conroy’s field goal attempt was a fake, one Aaron Bates 29yard touchdown pass later and the MSU faithful would have a memory of a lifetime.
Controversy followed MSU’s loss to Notre Dame in 2013. There were murmurs and complaints of drive-saving pass interference calls favoring the Fighting Irish. In a one-possession game on the road, every bit helped as Notre Dame barely squeezed by on top. Then-sophomore Connor Cook was the starter of the game, but it was Andrew Maxwell who orchestrated the last series of the game for the Spartans. Despite the loss, the rest of the season — history. Arguably Dantonio’s best squad ever finished as both Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champions.
After a two-year hiatus from the rivalry, the Spartans dueled the Fighting Irish for the first time since the controversial loss. And were the stakes higher than ever. Notre Dame came in bruised after a loss to Texas the opening weekend. MSU came in looking to prove that despite losing a myriad of players, it would bounce back. The Spartans held off a late run against the Fighting Irish, downing their Midwest rival. As it turns out, both teams stunk. Now, they’re looking to bounce back during the 2017 season.
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Kristelle Yewah, forever a Spartan BY MICHAEL DUKE MDUKE@STATENEWS.COM
For senior forward and East Lansing native Kristelle Yewah, playing soccer at MSU wasn’t originally apart of her plans, though you would think that someone would dream to play the sport they loved on the college campus they were basically raised on. Instead, the homegrown product focused all her attention on a school located about one hour south of MSU, a school where the colors blue and yellow are sported by its inhabitants instead of green and white, a school that creates contempt in these parts every time its name is uttered; the University of Michigan. While Yewah was always physically present in East Lansing, her spirit was stationed in Ann Arbor. If you know anything about the sporting rivalry between MSU and U of M, you will understand why that might not sit well with people who pledge their allegiance to the Spartans. The interstate rivalry between the two schools exists in mostly all of the schools’ varsity sports – especially in football and basketball – and is well documented as the two institutions have played each other over 107 times in those respective sports dating back to 1898 Despite living near MSU throughout her entire life, Yewah did not attend an MSU football game until she committed there halfway through high school. “I used to watch them on TV but my dad was never a fan so (he) never really let me go,” Yewah said. The early years Yewah began playing soccer at just four years old, and the game runs deep in the senior’s family. “I have an older brother and sister who started playing soccer before me,” Yewah said via text message. “My aunt was the coach of a soc-
cer team and let me play with the older kids and I did pretty well so I thought I would try the sport out.” Although Yewah did not always envision herself playing soccer at MSU, she always knew that she wanted to play at the collegiate level. Yewah really developed her passion for the sport while playing for TNT Dynamite, a local club team in Lansing, and serving as a ball girl for MSU. “That’s when I started to say in my mind, ‘one day I think I want to be one of these girls,’” Yewah said. Yewah continued to play soccer at Okemos High School and went on to become one of the most decorated athletes in the school’s history. The Okemos alumna was a four-time all-district and all-conference honoree, and a four-year letter winner in basketball showing her versatility as an athlete. Brian Guggemos, Okemos boy’s and girl’s soccer head coach, noted how advanced Yewah was in comparison to her peers on the field from an athletic standpoint. “Boy or girl, she’s probably the best forward that I have ever had,” Guggemos said. “She was just tough as nails and she wore down opponents,” Guggemos said. “Even as a freshman or sophomore she was gifted, she was a gifted athlete.” Along with always having the ability to display her dominance on the field in a physical manner, Yewah is equipped the mental capacity required of elite players, said MSU Soccer Head Coach Tom Saxton. “She’s very composed and doesn’t get flustered easily, and brings an even temperament to our team both on and off the field,” Saxton said. While raking up individual awards during her tenure in high school, the forward accumulated her fair share of team accomplishments along the way, too, as she helped the team reach the state championship her sophomore year and semifinals her senior year.
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Wake Forest forward Sarah Medina (30) dribbles the ball past senior forward Kristelle Fisher (10) during the game against Wake Forest on Sept. 7, at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
Yewah was a tireless worker throughout her high school career, said Guggemos, and left her stamp on Okemos. “She obviously was a prolific scorer for me,” Guggemos said. “She did a lot of hard work and it was a pleasure coaching her, there’s no doubt about it.” After completing a stellar high school career, Yewah decided to give the team she grew up rooting against a chance when assigned the task of choosing a college to continue her soccer career and education. “Realizing I’m a Michigan fan, I was like I guess I don’t really know too much about MSU, so let’s figure it out,” Yewah said. Overcoming obstacles at MSU While Yewah was a prolific goal scorer in high school – scoring 20 goals during her senior year – that didn’t automatically translate to the collegiate level when she arrived at MSU. The senior never started a game for the MSU women’s soccer team in either of her first two years on campus, and did not score her first collegiate goal until Sept. 25, 2015 against Michigan – the team she adored in her youth. “It’s hard going from high school to college,” Yewah said. “Obviously in high school it’s so much easier because you’re probably faster and bigger than most people, and then you come to college and everyone’s literally the same as you.” Despite her early struggles as a Spartan, Yewah decided to stick it out and continue to try and refine her skills. Guggemos attributes her decision to staying with the women’s soccer program at MSU to her determined mentality and her never-quit attitude. “She played right away because she always gave that great effort, but it wasn’t like she stepped on campus and was a starter right from day one, she had to keep grinding,” Guggemos said. The summer after her sophomore season, Yewah ventured into playing club soccer in an effort to polish up her game and mentally and
physically prepare herself for her junior year. “With soccer it’s hard to get in shape just by running, so I think the best way to get into soccer shape is to play a soccer game,” Yewah said. Yewah played for Michigan Chill SC, an amateur soccer club playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, under coach Jorge Eufracio. Eufracio not only raved about Yewah’s abilities coming into the season with the club team, but also about the improvements she made over the course of that summer, such as her mobility and scoring ability, along with working on her conditioning. “She’s very strong and can hit the ball really hard, she has a lot of power,” Eufracio said. “By the end of our season she said that was the best shape she’s ever been in,” he added. In the summer of 2016, Eufracio recruited five MSU women’s soccer players – including Yewah – to play for Michigan Chill. One of those players included senior forward and current teammate of Yewah’s, Jamie Cheslik. Yewah noted how playing with Cheslik and a few of her other MSU teammates that summer helped their chemistry heading into the subsequent season. “It was good because we kind of got to build in the summer and bring that to MSU,” Yewah said. “Jamie and I played together and we both play up top so we got to work on it in a different setting and then bring in what we learned.” Club soccer paid off for Yewah, as she was inserted into the starting lineup during her junior season, and started in all of the 13 games she played in. Yewah has started in all seven games the Spartans have played this season, and recorded her second career collegiate goal against Samford. The Next Chapter As Yewah’s time at MSU winds down, the senior from East Lansing ponders what her everyday life will be like when she’s no longer wearing the green and white jersey with ‘Spartans’ written across the chest. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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Three’s company: Freshman triplets join MSU community BY JAMESON DRAPER JDRAPER@STATENEWS.COM
Seeing twins around campus may cause people to take a double take, however, triplets roaming MSU campus takes the genetic code to a whole new level. Freshman triplets Patrick, Michael and Jason Gantos currently reside on MSU’s campus. And to top things off, they live together in a quadruple room in Hubbard Hall with another friend. The triplets all graduated from Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Michigan in the spring of 2017 and planned to attend MSU together. It was a no-brainer for the brothers, as MSU is in their blood. “I mean, our whole family has gone there. And we grew up going to all the sporting events. We’ve had season tickets for basketball, football and hockey,” Patrick Gantos said. “ I’ve always just been a Spar-
tan I guess.” “The boys grew up going to Michigan State basketball and football games,” Jill Gantos, their mother, said. “I went there, my brother went there, their grandfather went there, their dad went there for awhile. So, it was always on the radar for any of them to want go there.” Jill, a Michigan State alumna, is proud that her sons are attending MSU. She recognizes that with how good the school is, it’s a blessing to have all three triplets attending. “I was thrilled about it. I mean, I’m a total State fan,” said Jill. “I thought it was great when I was there, but now I think it’s so much better organized. And what’s neat about it is that whole orientation program is better organized. They introduce the kids to the campus and MSU life very early on.” Sharing a dorm isn’t the only
TOP: Courtesy photo of Jill Gantos, mother of the brothers. The brothers are from Grand Rapids. BOTTOM: From left to right, freshmen, brothers and triplets Jason, Michael and Patrick Gantos pose for a picture in their dorm on Sept. 12, in Hubbard Hall. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO
WKAR show to end this season BY MICHAEL DUKE MDUKE@STATENEWS.COM
Fans of WKAR-TV’s “QuizBusters” should cherish the upcoming season of the program, as it will be its last. The Emmy award winning quiz game show that features high school students throughout mid-Michigan will conclude with its 29th and final season. “This year is going to be something of a celebration of the history of the show,” said Matt Ottinger, host and producer of the telecast for all 29 seasons. The final season of QuizBusters will begin Oct. 7 and conclude with the Grand Championship Series in Spring 2018. Ottinger, also a telecommunications coordinator for Okemos Public Schools, said that while he had always been an avid lover of game shows, he never realistically envisioned himself actually hosting one. “I always loved them, Ottinger said. “It was almost sort of a silly dream to think I would ever host one, but it was always in my mind as something I would like to do.” While volunteering at WKAR as a student at MSU, Ottinger
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seized his moment when the opportunity to host a new quiz game show came knocking. Ottinger attributed his successful audition for the host of QuizBusters to his willingness to work behind the camera in addition to just being in front of it. “I think it was the fact that I was such a fan and could contribute behind the scenes and not just be the guy who reads the questions,” Ottinger said. The program hosts teams from 64 schools throughout mid-Michigan, and Ottinger has publicly stated that as many as 100 different school districts have sent teams to compete. The telecast consists of two divisions. Students on the winning team in each division win $5,000 tuition scholarships to MSU. The team that wins the whole competition, or the Grand Champion team, is awarded five one-year textbook scholarships granted by the Student Book Store. Aside from providing high school students with the opportunity to attend MSU through scholarships, QuizBusters has allowed students to display their academic talents to the public. WKAR General Manager Susi
Elkins said this engagement with the audience has prompted the growth of the show over the years. “I think we have 64 episodes now, we have 64 teams which is incredible,” Elkins said. “Its just grown so much, and that’s because it’s resonated with the community and people really have appreciated the chance to showcase how smart our students are and how hard they work.” Elkins worked for QuizBusters when she was a student at MSU, and then again as a full-time producer for the show after she had graduated from the university. While making the bold decision to end the show was a tough one, Elkins said it was a mutual decision between Ottinger and herself. “We wanted to be proactive and really decide when it would be the last year and really play it up and have fun with it,” Elkins said. As the final season of the program approaches, Ottinger said a new feature will be added: past contestants will have a chance to send in video clips that will be displayed during the broadcast, sharing their experiences with the show and the impact it has had on them.
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thing the triplets do together either. They play tennis, have the same classes and spend free time together. They appear to be virtually inseparable, and their lifestyle speaks to that narrative. Living together, however, is not necessarily a breeze. “It’s like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs,” said Michael, a pre-med student. “Second day or third day or something, I had my shoes in the middle of the floor, and (Jason) went out early and I was still sleeping and then he hid my shoes,” Michael, noting that sometimes conflict arises, said. “I had no idea where they were, which kind of made me mad.” It was something that the triplets were worried about, given they grew up together in the same household. Living together may seem like a bad idea, but in the end, it is probably the more convenient option.
“We were all skeptical at first because we’ve been living with each other. We know what can happen. We’re still family,” said Jason, a computer science major. “We just figured it would be easier because we have people that we knew; we wouldn’t have to go with strangers and random people.” Living together has been a success for the Gantos triplets. “It’s actually kind of nice because you always have two people with you,” Patrick, a pre-med student said. “You can network three times as fast, we joke around because we’re always meeting new people.” “It’s neat because they have each other,” said Jill. “There’s never been – for them – there’s not a lot of anxiety.” There are a lot of positives to be gained from living together as triplets, but according to Patrick, there is one perk that is the most important: “Having two wingmen.”
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Department of Forestry instructor has unique, historical ties to Tokyo BY CHRIS SKARNULIS CSKARNULIS@STATENEWS.COM
The study and experience of forestry can be a source of counsel, relaxation and rehabilitation. MSU was originally established as a state agricultural and mechanical college, so there is a deep connection between the topic and the university. No one can vouch for this more than MSU visiting scholar Iwao Uehara, a part-time forestry instructor at the college. Uehara, whose first name literally translates to “Big Rock” in Japanese, has many years of experience studying in both Japan and the U.S. The 55-year-old nature aficionado has ties to MSU through the perspective of both a student and member of faculty. As of 2017, he is a resident of Shaw Hall and is a part-time instructor in the Department of Forestry. Born in 1964 and a native of Nagano, Japan, Uehara traveled to Michigan through a foreign exchange program and came to MSU as a student in 1986. Being that his program only allowed a few students to study abroad in America, Uehara was fortunate enough to be
selected to participate. “I (was) a university student in Tokyo,” Uehara said. “Tokyo University of Agriculture and MSU became sister schools in 1966. Every year, three students can come to MSU by supporting my university. ... I did not have experience living in other countries by 1986. I wanted to live in other countries, I wanted to study in other countries, so I got prepared to study here. Every student needed to take examination to study at MSU. The English and general examination were required, and I passed them. Three students were allowed to come to MSU. At that time, 60 students applied. ... Now, it has changed.” A resident of Landon Hall his freshman year, Ueharais a true Spartan that bleeds green and white. A distinguished outdoorsman, Uehara’s expertise is a fine addition to MSU’s nature community. His insight, knowledge and passion has certainly provided excitement for the Department of Forestry. Prior to his studies at college, Uehara lived with a couple of host families in Michigan. Each of these families made their living through work in agriculture.
Part-time Forestry instructor Iwao Uehara stands in front of 140 Landon Hall in November 1986. PHOTO COURTESY OF IWAO UEHARA.
They included timbering, a dairy farm and a Christmas farm. Though the emphasis on agricultural living hits home for Uehara, he was surprised by the difference in forest land when comparing Michigan to his native homeland. “The biggest difference between Michigan forests and the Japanese forests was natural regeneration,” Uehara said. “In Michigan, most of the forests are naturally regenerated forests, not artificial.” Later, during his time at MSU, he spent one year studying in the college’s Department of Forestry. In this program, it is rare for foreign exchange program students to return to their American university as a lecturer, he said. There have been many members in the TUA program that have visited MSU annually, but none have had the ability to teach as an instructor. Uehara’s goal is to spread forest therapy and its potential in America. Taking the values and teachings from his homeland is a task that he has undertaken in an effort to share his passion. When asked about the biggest difference between Japanese and American students, Uehara said he noticed student mannerisms most.
“The MSU students come very early for the class, even 7:30 a.m., I was surprised,” Uehara said. “It was amazing for me. Also, in U.S. classes, students have many questions. In Japan, do not ask questions to (the) teacher or in lecture.” Richard Kobe, chairperson for the Department of Forestry and professor of ecology said the opportunity to gain Uehara’s acquaintance has been a treat. Apart from his passion, Kobe found Uehara’s energetic enthusiasm the most admirable quality of his work. “His presence here is terrific because it points to some connections of forestry to health, especially mental health, that are not always obvious to people,” Kobe said. “The work that Dr. Uehara has been involved in Japan where he brings people into the forest and what he calls forest therapy, has shown to decrease people’s stress levels, there’s decrease of stress hormones in human saliva. “It can be very effective, including programs that involve youth that are disadvantaged or at risk and are brought into the forest environment and are able to shift things to get a much better start.” READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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