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Michigan’s majority-Republican Legislature approved two ballot initiatives that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 and require employers to provide paid sick time to their employees. By approving the measures on Sept. 5, the Legislature made it easier to potentially amend the proposals at a later date. Michigan law mandates if the initiatives are approved by voters, amendments would require a threefourths vote in both legislative chambers. If approved by the Legislature, however, the laws can be amended with a simple majority. “Instead of debating the proposals on their merits, the Republicans decided to pass the bills, fully intending for them not to be implemented,” President of the MSU College Democrats Eli Pales said. “It’s pretty evident that there will be large changes made to the proposals as they were originally written and intended.” Both initiatives made it through the Senate with two separate 24-13 votes, split almost entirely along party lines. The proposals held more bipartisan support in the House, with both passing 78-28 with the support of 22 Democrats and most Republicans. Under the proposal as written, Michigan’s minimum wage would rise to $10 in 2019, $10.65 in 2020, $11.35 in 2021, and $12 in 2022 with the potential for additional increases in the future. The minimum wage initiative would eliminate a separate minimum wage for tipped staff that is currently set at $3.52 per hour, significantly lower than the state’s current minimum hourly wage of $9.25. It would also gradually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour for all workers by 2024. “I think right now the minimum wage increase to $9.25 is an appropriate amount, so I hope they go back and revise it and fine-tune it for the state,” said Ben Wright, events chair for the MSU
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College Republicans. “If they retain majorities in the House and Senate, I think they will. Even if they lose, they’ll have a lame duck session after the election so I think they’re very, very likely to do it.” Because they were “initiated ... by the people,” the proposals do not need the governor’s approval and are law. The Legislature may amend them after the Nov. 6 general election. They do not go into effect until next year. Passing the proposals in the Legislature also means that the initiatives will not appear in front of voters on the November ballot, which can affect turnout — potential voters who may have felt strongly about the initiatives may now have less motivation to go to the polls. “Adopting this measure today is nothing more than a classic bait and switch,” Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, said in a floor speech, before calling the vote “an attack on our democracy.” Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, shared a similar sentiment on the Senate floor, noting that he has sponsored legislation to mandate paid sick leave in every legislative session since he was first elected in 2013. “I’m not convinced that the other side of the aisle truly cares about this,” Ananich said. Mark Brewer, an attorney for the groups behind both ballot proposals and a former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said that the Legislature amending the bills after adopting them to avoid a vote would be unconstitutional. “It violates the Michigan Constitution — Article II, Section IX — for the Legislature to enact a proposal and then amend it in the same session,” Brewer said. “Their choices are reject, adopt or reject and put another proposal on the ballot.” Brewer said One Fair Wage, the group behind the minimum wage proposal, will go to court if the Legislature attempts to amend the ballot proposal. The Michigan Legislature has approved ballot initiatives seven times since the state’s constitution was ratified in 1963, but making amendments to those initiatives would be a first.
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apt. Doug Monette of the MSU Police Department said close interactions with the community help to foster relationships and helps MSUPD best protect and serve. “We invite people to come to talk to our officers,” Monette said. “We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and our officers are a resource.” Officers travel around campus on motorcycle, car, mountain bike and foot, Monette said. They eat on campus and are present at campus events. Putting a name to a face is important for people on campus to understand that MSUPD officers are here to help. “There’s all sorts of resources that we offer at the MSU Police Department,” Monette said. “A lot of those pieces of information, our resources can be found on our website.”
MSUPD takes responsibility for putting out alerts via text and email about campus crimes. If there is a potentially dangerous development on campus, members of the MSU community will receive alerts providing information about the situation. By updating MSU with the correct contact information, students, faculty and staff automatically receive these alerts. Parents, guardians and guests can also subscribe to receive alerts by texting MSUALERT to 888777.
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In the case of a violent offender, MSUPD provides a plan of action for such situations. Run: Get away from a potentially dangerous situation. If possible call 911 and report the incident. Hide: If evacuation is not possible, hide. Secure a space, turn off lights, avoid being seen and remain quiet. If possible call 911 and report the incident. Fight: If an offender enters the secured area and danger is obvious, fight. Yell and try to use the objects at your disposal to debilitate the attacker.
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In reported cases of sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence, MSUPD is responsible for criminal investigations. The department is prepared to answer a victim’s questions and provide resources and support. They will explain the process and keep victims in the loop during the investigation.
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As midterm elections draw closer, ASMSU works to register students BY SADIE LAYHER
Student government representatives from MSU and CMU will have information on voter registration at the football game Sept. 29.
ith midterm elections coming up, many different student groups are trying to get as many students registered to vote as possible. The Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, is investing in different initiatives to reach that goal. Vice President of Governmental Affairs Eli Pales plans and promotes events where people can register to vote. One of the voter registration events is at the next home football game Sept. 29 against Central Michigan University. The student government of CMU will assist MSU in registering students to vote in front of Spartan Stadium. Pales is also assisted by other people inside ASMSU’s Office of the President. Mario Kakos, Vice President for Internal Administration, works with each year’s Class Council. “My department is assisting in this way by informing the General Assembly and four Class Councils about registration dates as well as inviting speakers from the Governmental Affairs department,” Kakos said via email. All of the departments within ASMSU work together on yearly initiatives, including voter registration. “We have a direct line to communicate with a lot of them since we interface with them
in person,” said Makenzie Bosworth, Vice President for Student Allocations. “We work with (Governmental Affairs Department) and whoever else needs it to get them that information (about voter registration).” Voter turnout for the Michigan primary elections broke records and ASMSU hopes to continue a trend of high voter turnout.
“We want to get people engaged, get excited about the election.” Dan Iancio ASMSU Vice President for Finance & Operations In the August primary, more than 150 people voted at the on campus precincts, according to a previous State News article. Vice President for Finance and Operations Dan Iancio said he partners heavily with Pales’ office to draw larger turnout. “Let’s get that big turnout no matter how anybody really votes,” Iancio said. “That’s not
really important, it’s just that we get people out to vote, especially the students. We want to get people engaged, get excited about the election.” The next step is helping students find precincts and making the voting process more accessible. Some students are in need of absentee ballots, do not have a ride to certain precincts or are not sure which precincts they are supposed to go to. ASMSU President Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis mentioned how she plans on looking at voter registration going forward. “I’m very knowledgeable about how to go about things in terms of getting people registered to vote in the dorms on campus, off campus,” Rifiotis said. “I can always help (Pales) out with the outreach.” A large poster which shows all the precincts on campus was created by ASMSU, Rifiotis said. This will help students because just registering to vote is not enough. Students need to go the polls and cast their ballot on election days. ASMSU partnered with Residence Education and Housing Services and other organizations to create the website msuvote.msu.edu “We are calling on Spartans far and wide to register to vote this election season, to educate themselves on the issues that will affect them and their communities and participate in local, state, and federal elections,” the website says.
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ike any career woman, when Justice was unqualified for her dream job, she held her head up high, wagged her tail and took the experience as an opportunity to reinvent herself. When a dog isn’t ideal to become a leader dog for the blind, they get a second chance to help people as a “career-changed dog.” These dogs have the sweet demeanor of a leader dog, some training, and can go on to be service animals for the police or assist in other organizations. Justice was unable to meet the requirements for ascending and descending stairs, so the MSU Sexual Assault Program (SAP) adopted her from Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She now spends her nine-to five-greeting clients at the SAP office, offering emotional support and negotiating her way into belly rubs. She also loves peanut butter and carrots. Since April 20, when Justice first started her new career, individuals who attend therapy sessions can have Justice in the room to sit with or hold onto. SAP therapist Katelyn Maddock, who works with Justice, said having her around has been a game changer for the office. “It’s intimidating to walk into the sexual assault program — the name isn’t the most subtle thing in the world,” Maddock said. “That nervous energy, that anxiety, people coming in and seeking help for the first time. The second you see this happy, doofy, black lab smiling at you, it really makes what can be a high-strung, anxiety provoking situation (better).” SAP has come a long way since working out of the basement of the Student Services Building. Calming music circulates among couches in the SAP lobby. The friendly face of the receptionist welcomes individuals to the office and coloring books, tea and coffee and other self-care items are available for use. Some people feel comfortable taking naps in this space, which can be rare for victims of sexual assault. Now the odd dog toy on the floor compliments the room’s ensemble. Justice was originally suited to be a leader dog because of her calm demeanor. April Dennis, the SAP office supervisor whom Justice lives with, said when Justice first got to the office she was immediately able to sense someone in the office who needed support and she sat with them. “It’s strange to think of a dog having empathy, but seeing her interact with people, she’ll just walk right up to them or she’ll just go and sit by somebody and knows what’s going on and is really responsive to them,” Maddock said.
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Justice got her assignment to MSU SAP from Canine Advocacy Program (CAP), an organization seeking to provide comfort and support to child victims while they are in the criminal justice system. CAP Founder and Program Director Daniel Cojanu said he got the idea for the program as he was getting ready to retire from victim advocacy at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. Before then, he worked with at-risk children for over 40 years. The court system is utterly terrifying, Cojanu said, especially for children who are victims of sexual abuse. They are told they have to come to court, talk to a judge and sit 20 feet from someone who hurt them. Bringing a dog into the mix shifts the child’s focus, Cojanu said. “When I meet with a child for the first time at court I tell them ‘As long as you’re here today, this is your dog. You can walk with them, you can cuddle with them, you can draw pictures with them.’ I’ve had kids fall asleep on them,” Cojanu said. “It gives them a sense of power that they didn’t have before.” Cojanu said individuals around the courthouse know that the child’s sense of ownership of the dog means the world to them. They are instructed to ask the child if they can pet their dog, to encourage a feeling of control for the child. LEFT: Justice’s owner, April Dennis, left, and sexual assault therapist Katelyn Maddock, right, take canine advocate Justice for a walk Sept. 13. BOTTOM: Canine advocate Justice takes a break after her walk on Sept. 13. PHOTOS BY ANNIE BARKER
This is the first time CAP has placed a dog with a sexual assault program. However, when SAP expressed interest, Cojanu said he knew it was necessary due the events that transpired at MSU this year. Though the clientele is a bit older, the
impact of bringing a happy puppy is the same. This past year’s sexual assault cases have cast a shadow over MSU in large part due to the actions of ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar. Over the course of his career he sexually assaulted over 400 victims. In January, 156 “sister survivors” gave their impact statements during Nassar’s Ingham County sentencing. Many of the survivors were MSU students and athletes. Only 20% of instances of rape and sexual assault of female students 18 to 24 years old are reported to the police, according to a special report from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014. “My hat is off to the clinic for stepping up and saying ‘yes, this is something we could use with the students at MSU,’” Cojanu said. “People are really seeing the benefits. We went from just prosecutors’ offices to child advocacy clinics, then domestic violence programs and now sexual assault centers, and it’s a program that is so adaptable.” A different member of CAP was present during the Ingham County sentencing, Preston, the canine advocate at Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center. There are currently 24 dogs placed around the state by CAP. The Michigan State University Police Department and the Attorney General’s office reached out to the center, so Crisis Counselor Ashley Vance brought Preston with her to court. Vance said Preston had a few opportunities to start his court work beforehand, but this experience was extensive for him. The courthouse was full and the duo stationed themselves in the hallway outside of Judge Aquilina’s courtroom, waiting to see if anyone might need
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support from Preston. “There were a couple people that came up to him (on) multiple days and they were looking for him on the breaks so that was kind of heartwarming to see that he did make a difference for them. They were happy to see when he was coming back each day,” Vance said. Justice has not yet gone to court. Dennis said that is a goal, but the opportunity has not presented itself yet. Justice has been great for public outreach, Maddock said. People have reached out for resources from SAP through Justice’s Instagram. An inviting ambassador for the program, Justice meets lots of folks on campus on her walks. Maddock said she and Dennis have been able to engage in conversations about what it is that Justice does and the work that goes on at SAP. “She’s just happy in a space that is generally not happy,” Maddock said. “To have at least one smiling face changes the game.” Taking his own dog, Lance, to court, Cojanu said he gets to see firsthand the amazing impact well-trained dogs like Justice can have on survivors of sexual abuse. They bring something positive and empowering into situations where individuals have had their sense of security taken from them. “We’ve got a couple dogs that you just look at them and they flip over on their backs for belly rubs,” Cojanu said. “We need a little less damage, I guess is the whole point. The criminal justice system, it’s not designed for children or young people. If we can do a little less damage to these kids, that’s kind of the whole goal.” Justice’s Instagram is @alabcalledjustice. MSU takes donations for Justice’s upkeep through a CAP fund.
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Free resources, programs on campus work to end stigmas about sex BY ANNA SPIDEL ASPIDEL@STATENEWS.COM
One in two sexually active persons contract a sexually transmissible infection, or STI, by age 25, according to the American Sexual Health Association. And that data includes college students — the ASHA’s statistics show that young people, ages 15 to 24, account for half of new STI cases. For MSU students seeking to maintain their sexual health and prevent contraction of STIs, one of the university’s most popular sexual wellness resources available is the Condom Connection — a program that provides free condoms to students living in residence halls. Journalism junior and resident assistant Julian Mitchell offers condoms to students on his dormitory floor. Mitchell worked at The State News in fall 2o16. Through the program, all students can obtain condoms from their resident assistants and the Olin Health Center on campus. “Obviously, we can’t force anything on residents like remaining abstinent … teaching them, rather than just trying to make them do one thing, is all very helpful,” Mitchell said. “With the Condom Connection, we can help give them resources they might need and then any information and help they might need as well.” Mitchell said it’s important that the university
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spreads the word about campus resources aimed at promoting sexual health awareness. “They could definitely work better at spreading out more information about some more resources on campus and sexual wellness as a whole,” Mitchell said. “You can get HIV screenings on campus as well as STI screenings, so spreading that information and information about healthy relationships is where sexual wellness all starts.” Resident assistants like biomedical laboratory science senior Deborah Johnson aim to be the middlemen between students and those resources. “I would rather have my residents practicing safe sex than having a pregnancy scare their freshman year,” Johnson said. Johnson noted a difference in participation between female residents and male residents using the Condom Connection. “I’ve noticed that the girls take them a lot less than the guys,” Johnson said. “I know that the male RAs — we had a big problem last year where they would run out of condoms really quickly.” But Johnson’s goal is to create a judgement-free zone for all of her residents, regardless of gender. “I would so much rather you feel that you could just grab the condoms and go … I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable getting them,” Johnson said. “If there was a possibility to take the stigma away, then it’s important to
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know that safety is the biggest concern here.” Condom Connection is just the tip of the iceberg. More sexual wellness resources can be accessed at MSU’s Olin Health Center, where students can schedule anonymous HIV screenings, confidential STI testings and pregnancy tests. And male contraception — like typical condoms — aren’t the only resources offered. Dental dams, female condoms and lubricant are available at the health center as well. Ol i n He a lt h C e nte r ’s website provides additional information about obtaining A box of condoms pictured on Feb. 7, 2013. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO. consent, using contraceptives, Economics sophomore Lee Borawski talked putting on a condom and maintaining about the convenience and reliability of MSU’s healthy relationships. As to the effectiveness of these campus sexual health resources for students in need. “I would say that if somebody were actively programs and resources, students like hospitality business freshman Donald Buonavolanto said seeking that type of information, I would probably refer them to on campus resources the options are extremely beneficial. “The fact that they give them out for free is a before I’d refer them to online resources,” good thing because you’re looking out for the Borawski said. “I just feel like it’s more relevant other kids,” Buonavolanto said. “Say, if they to have things that are designed directly to be forget, they’ll always have it because the RA’s for our students. I feel like it would be a little more tailored.” giving them out.”
‘He was great’: Friends remember assistant professor Shengpan Lin “The outpouring from the community has been tremendous. I have heard from so many people who I didn’t even know had a connection with Shengpan, but he made a difference in their lives and that’s been really amazing.” Ashton Shortridge Department of Geography
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Shengpan Lin, left, is pictured on a boat with MSU Professor Jan Stevenson. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHTON SHORTRIDGE.
hengpan Lin, an assistant professor in the Social Science Data Analytics Initiative at MSU, died Sept. 2 in a vehicle crash near Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Clinton County. Lin, 37, received his doctoral degree from MSU in 2017. During his time studying and working at the university, Lin met colleagues who would eventually become his close friends. Several of them talked about the impact Lin had on their lives.
Lin visited the cider mill during the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to an email from Alan F. Arbogast, the chairperson of MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. “While at the stop sign to enter (U.S.) 127, a northbound RV blew a tire and the driver lost control of the vehicle,” Arbogast said in the email. “The RV collided with Shengpan’s car and he, very sadly, passed at the scene.” Lin was a kind friend and a bright student in the eyes of many people, according to his friends and colleagues. Ashton Shortridge, a professor in the Department of Geography, met Lin in China in 2012. “It was obviously a terrible shock when he died,” Shortridge said. Shortridge encountered Lin while he was teaching at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where Lin had studied for his first graduate degree. “He was great,” Shortridge said. “I was there with my family and he spent a lot of time to make sure that my kids, my wife and I were comfortable and felt supported.” Lin decided to work toward earning a second graduate degree at MSU and began attending the university in fall 2012. “I was not on his Ph.D committee, but I met with him and chatted about life here. After he graduated last year, I worked with him. He was associate director for me of the Social Science Data Analytics Initiative,” Shortridge said. Shortridge said Lin was a people person who enjoyed bringing people together. “He was great at his job here with me the last year, in terms of getting people from
across campus to get together to learn more about analysis methods to study problems,” Shortridge said.
Lin’s family is in China, which makes Lin’s memorial service complicated to plan. “The date depends on when some of his family from China can make it over,” Shortridge said. “So we’re kind of waiting to see when that comes.” Lin was from Guangxi, China, a region where Cantonese is spoken. His family only speaks Cantonese in their daily life, so Lin’s friends are looking for translators to help his family be able to attend his memorial service. Yingyue Liu is one of those friends. She knew Lin from their work and research together in MSU’s Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. “If I can find somebody who came from the same province or even the same country as them, they might feel better,” Liu said. “Now we reached 32 students and they are very ready to help them when they arrive.” Out of respect for cultural tradition, a group of Lin’s close friends are fundraising to move his body back to China. Maowei Liang, another friend, is trying to organize a way of getting Lin back to his family. Total costs to do so range from about $5,000 to $15,000. But donations have been coming in, Liang said. “We got a donation in 24 hours for over $10,000,” Liang said. “We didn’t expect, in less than 24 hours, we would get a donation from people who really care about our friends to help us a lot,” Liang said. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is using their large follower base to assist the family through the process. They’re hoping to solve the language barrier issue by the time Lin’s family arrives. “The outpouring from the community has been tremendous,” Shortridge said. “I have heard from so many people who I didn’t even know had a connection with Shengpan, but he made a difference in their lives and that’s been really amazing.” F E AT U RE S @ STAT E NE WS .COM
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Here are the best places to use your combo on campus BY CHARLOTTE BACHELOR CBACHELOR@STATENEWS.COM
MSU made changes to on-campus dining for the fall semester, including the addition of one extra Combo-X-Change each week. Students now have six combos available per week. Here are the best places to take advantage of that extra combo. THE UNION FOOD COURT
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The Union lands the top spot on this list because it offers the most variety compared to other dining options. The food court is made up of three stations: the Union Deli, Union Pizzeria and Serrano’s. The deli offers made-to-order burgers and sandwiches, along with soups and salads. The pizzeria offers specialty pizzas, salads and breadsticks. Serrano’s offers customizable fare, such as tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas. No matter what you’re hungry for, the Union Food Court has you covered.
Nestled in a quiet corner of Sparty’s Market lies one of MSU’s best-kept secrets. The Grill offers made-to-order pizza, grinders, burgers and more. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, don’t worry — they still offer traditional A, B and C combo items.
EAT AT STATE ON-THE GO FOOD TRUCK
If you’re always on the move and looking to change up your routine, try MSU’s food truck. The menu and locations vary, but menu items are made with fresh, local ingredients, including cheese from MSU’s Dairy Store. If you’re looking for a midnight snack, the food truck also participates in late night hours.
OWEN HALL (RIVERWALK MARKET)
If you want the same options as the dining hall but without the lines, head over to Riverwalk Market. Their main staple is Garden Wok Express, which offers various made-to-order Asian cuisine; as well as vegetarian options. Riverwalk Market is also one of the only places on campus where you can savor a gluten-free, personal pan pizza. You can also enjoy some of Sparty’s famous chicken tenders.
It never hurts to go back to the basics. While most Sparty’s don’t offer the most exciting selections, they serve their purpose, which is to stock up your dorm room so you don’t starve. When you’re up at 3 a.m. and all you have is a cup of ramen, you’ll remember when Sparty’s was there for you. F E AT U RE S @ STAT E NE WS .COM
Elite runner, chemical engineer follows in her father’s footsteps BY MALAIKA ALLEN
“For anyone that’s passionate about something, never settle...”
ayla Kavulich is a fifth-year senior majoring in chemical engineering and a member of the Michigan State track and cross country teams. She’s also already secured a job in her field of study upon graduation. “I have a job next year in chemical engineering, so that worked out in my favor,” Kayla said. During her career at Salem High School in Canton Township, Michigan, Kayla was the captain of girls’ basketball, track and cross country teams. MSU was not the only school she considered. Kayla took official visits to the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. “Michigan State had the best girls, (I) loved the coaches, they’re incredible role models and friends … it was definitely them that influenced me to come here,” she said. Ultimately, she chose to follow in the footsteps of her father, Mike, and become a Spartan. Mike Kavulich ran track and field at MSU in the 1980s. He and his teammates hold the school record for the men’s 4-x-1600 meter outdoor relay, set in 1985. Despite having a record-holding father, Kayla said she didn’t start running until sixth grade. “(My father) held me back, I wanted to start in like third grade and he was like, ‘No you’ll get tired of it because running is pretty taxing on your body,’” Kayla said. Kayla said her father initially didn’t want her to participate in the sport at all. “He tried to push me into other sports because he knew how hard running could be in college,” she said. “But, I told him ‘I want to be good, so do you think I’m going to be good in soccer, or running? Tell me and that’s where I’m going.’” Between her father’s love for running and her mother’s emotional support, she was well prepared to go far athletically.
Kayla Kavulich Chemical engineering senior
Redshirt senior Kayla Kavulich runs against an athelete from Indiana University. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.
“She knows way more than I do,” Mike said. “So I just tell her to go out and do what Coach Drenth says and things will work out, trust your teammates and I think today, especially the last couple miles she ran with three or four teammates. I know that’s a big reassurance to all of them and I know Coach Drenth really pushes that on the guys and the girls. I think that’s why we’re so successful.” Things have not always been easy for Kayla throughout her collegiate career. She said she spent about two years dealing with a mysterious injury doctors couldn’t diagnose. Fortunately, her health has improved. “This year I finally figured out what my body could do and I’m really excited to just keep pushing. If I could run for the rest of my life I would,” Kayla said. She is in her fifth season at MSU, because she
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ing with and traveling, because traveling on the weekends has a different impact on your life.” Balancing travel, practices and classes while maintaining a social life was an adjustment. “I had to find the social aspect in practice, because obviously I don’t have that much extra time,” she said. “It’s finding social fun in your runs … I have a great group of friends in my major, we hang out and do our work, and its work, but it feels like fun. So, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I had to put my heart into it and if that means sacrificing a few crazy Friday nights … then I’m going to do that.” All the sacrifices she has made have paid off. She has multiple first place finishes, including as a member of the 4-x-1500 meter relay team and 4-x-800 meter relay team at the Raleigh Relays in March. “For anyone that’s passionate about something, never settle,” Kayla said. “Obstacles come and go, but if you have that drive you’ll find something to be amazing at no matter what it is.”
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