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Penalties, late mistakes doom MSU in 17-13 road loss to ND

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t was difficult to tell what was more troubling for the Spartans early Saturday evening. There was the fact that a disappointed MSU team could walk away from its 17-13 loss to No. 22 Notre Dame MSU 13 and probably feel it outplayed ND 17 the Fighting Irish. Or was it the haunting reminiscence of last season as the Spartans faltered once again with a shot at victory late in the game? MSU (3-1 overall) held the advantage in total yards (254 to 224), first downs (19 to 14), time of possession and also punted one fewer time than Notre Dame (3-1). The Spartans also were physical at the point of attack and commanded the line of scrimmage for much of the game. In the final quarter, the Spartan offense had three opportunities to engineer potentially gamewinning drives, but squandered each possession. The frustration surely will hit each coach and player differently. The rivalry bout was billed as MSU’s first real test, an early-season measuring stick after pulverizing FCS opponent Youngstown State. For now, they’re left with the familiar feeling of going back to the drawing board. “(Notre Dame) did the things they had to at the end of the game to win the football game,” head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Very proud of our football

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Blame for QB decision falls on Dantonio Nine days ago, Mark Dantonio officially named Connor Cook MSU’s starting quarterback. Following a 55-17 thrash-


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Notre Dame defensive lineman Louis Nix III rips off junior running back Nick Hill’s helmet during the game on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. A flag was later called on the play.

team in how we came out and played. (I) wish we had some plays back and some situations back obviously, but proud of our football team. Obviously, Notre Dame won the football game, so you have to say they outplayed us.” Missed opportunities The Fighting Irish won the coin toss and elected to receive the See SPARTANS on page 2 u

ing of Youngstown State, it was an admission by football head coach Dantonio and the MSU staff the sophomore quarterback Cook gives the Spartans the best chance to win games, thus ending weeks of quarterback uncertainty. Yet, when the Spartans ran into their first true pressure situation of the season Saturday against No. 22 Notre Dame, Dantonio fumbled the decision unlike any other time during his seven-year tenure at MSU. With the Spartans trailing 17-13 with 2:11 remaining and 67 yards to get into the end zone, Dantonio elected to replace Cook with senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who had not taken a snap with the team’s first-team offense in nearly two weeks.

Head coach Mark Dantonio, left, and linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel shout during the game against Notre Dame on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish defeated the Spartans, 17-13.

As expected for any quarterback who’s spent the past several weeks with an entirely different unit, Maxwell looked out of rhythm and out of touch, turning the ball over after three incomplete passes and a desperation rush well short of the marker on 4th down. But you can’t blame Maxwell for the way the game ended, nor can you blame

Cook for being replaced at that point of the game. Dantonio and the coaches absolutely screwed it up. After the game, Dantonio said putting in Maxwell was a ploy to see what the senior quarterback could do. “We put him in there just to try to change the pace,” he said. “Felt like he needed an opportunity, should give him an opportunity. Tough

situation to put him in at.” It was not fair to throw Maxwell into that situation after being inactive for 134 minutes dating back to the third quarter against South Florida on Sept. 7. It also shafted Cook out of a chance to lead the team to victory — a chance usually afforded to a team’s starting quarterback. See COLUMN on page 2 u

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The man accused of committing a string of sexual assaults near campus early this summer has confessed to all the incidents, according to East Lansing police. Oswald Scott Wilder, 26, reportedWilder ly told law enforcement he committed three sexual assaults in locations throughout East Lansing between April 20 and May 16, as well as an additional assault that reportedly took place March 30, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said. Police investigation resulted across the ensuing months. The Vernon, Mich., resident is scheduled for a Sept. 24 pretrial conference in East Lansing’s 54-B District Court. Wilder stalked his victims in an East Lansing Meijer at 1350 W. Lake Lansing Road before assaulting them, according to a report last week from MLive. Surveillance footage from the Meijer store shows the 26-year-old Vernon, Mich. resident following women, including the sexual assault victims, throughout the aisles. W i l de r o r i g i n a l l y w a s charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and one count of gross indecency between male and female by a sexually delinquent person and is considered a habitual offender. Cou r t doc u ment s show Wilder will face an additional count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of unlawful imprisonment for the March attack that reportedly took place on the 1100 block of Grand River Avenue. Murphy said police did not initially believe the first incident was connected to the other assaults. “We knew about it, it was reported right away to us,” Murphy said. “We did not realize until after (Wilder) confessed to it that it was one that he had done.” Wilder currently is lodged in the Ingham County Jail. If he is found guilty of the charges, he could face life in prison.


Senior passes volleyball milestone Friday By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS

Eastern Michigan. “The support that was here tonight to support me was just awesome.”


In addition to winning MVP honors in MSU’s 3-0 sweep of the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational, senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski reached a major milestone. In front of a roaring home crowd Friday, Wicinski hammered in kill No. 2,000 for her career. Before then, only eight players in Big Ten volleyball history had reached 2,000 career kills. It’s exclusive company. “It feels amazing,” Wicinski said after the sweep over

To read more about MSU’s tournament success, see page 6. Wicinski is the third MSU player to accomplish the feat, joining Veronica Morales and Jenna Wrobel, who recently was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Wicinski passed Morales' career kill total of 2,006 on Saturday. She now has the sec-

ond-highest number of career kills of any MSU volleyball player — 2,042. “Lauren has the kind of attitude that you need as an attacker,” head coach Cathy George said. “You need to have that aggressive, stay in the moment, looking to just score whenever we can. She’s that type of player, and therefore, she’s put herself in the position to achieve these types of goals.” Wicinski has been a focal point on offense for the No. 14 Spartans. Her 173 season kills are second in the Big Ten. Her .41 service aces perset rank third.

“We all know that (Wicinski is) someone that’s going for a kill every time, and more times than not, she’s going to get it, just because of her aggressive attitude and her will to get a kill," junior libero Kori Moster said. “That’s something that’s really cool about her and something that she definitely helps set our team apart and helps us get to that higher level that we want to be at.” With 20 games remaining in the season, it’s possible that Wicinski will finish with one of the highest kill totals in NCAA history. See VOLLEYBALL on page 2 u

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Eastern Michigan head coach Kim Berrington personally congratulates senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski on surpassing 2,000 careers kills Friday at Jenison Field House.

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Cook: “I don’t know why they pulled me. ... I would’ve wished that the coaches had faith in me.” from page one

opening kick on a cool overcast day at famed Notre Dame Stadium. Three plays later their punting unit was on the field, and redshirt freshman receiver Matt Macksood partially blocked the kick, giving MSU outstanding field position to start the day. The effort from walk-on Macksood was negated, however, as the Spartans came away empty-handed on their first possession once senior kicker Kevin Muma misfired from 30 yards out. Less than five minutes into the fourth quarter, freshman kicker Michael Geiger put the score at 17-13 with his 42-yard field goal. Geiger had his redshirt removed by replacing Muma and tied the game at 10 in the third quarter with a 25-yard chip shot. “Right now he’s the kicker. You don’t put him in against Notre Dame unless he’s the kicker,” Dantonio said of Geiger. From there, the MSU defense came up big by forcing three straight punts, but it proved useless as the Spartans gained just one first down in the three possessions. MSU began its final posses-


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Wrobel has 2,295 career kills, a number that’s the 18th-highest in NCAA volleyball history. Su r p a s s i n g Wr o b e l ’s career total is in the cards for Wicinski this season, and would give her one of the 20 highest kill totals in NCAA history. “I would anticipate that she’s going to be creeping up throughout the year, and we’ll just see where it ends and go from there,” George said. “I’m sure she’s going to be breaking different records throughout the season.”

And really, what was the best case scenario of the situation? Say Maxwell comes in and wins the game, then what? The Spartans celebrate the win and then face two grueling weeks of "As the MSU Quarterback World Turns," reopening the door for criticism

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Rest and reflection Despite the loss — the third straight to Notre Dame — there were plenty of positives MSU can take into the bye week before opening up Big Ten play at Iowa on Oct. 5. The offensive line exerted its force and used a variety of lineups. Junior running backs Nick

heading into Big Ten play. I doubt that’s what Dantonio wants. So why make that move? There’s an argument to be made that freshman wide receiver R.J. Shelton’s intercepted flea flicker pass in the third quarter was a bigger blow to MSU, given it halted an offensive drive and seemingly changed the momentum of the game. Now, I didn’t like that coaching call either, but the move to put Maxwell in still is worse. Shelton’s play was an isolated incident, highlighting both the naïvety of a freshman player to throw into coverage along with a poor play call at an inopportune time, which Dantonio took responsibility for.

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on the field and not give Michigan State, because they’ve been so opportunistic defensively, an opportunity to win the football game on defense.” The last time MSU was defeated in South Bend, Ind., the Spartans wound up returning to the Hoosier State to play for the Big Ten championship. “We played a good game, and at the end of the game we could have made a couple more plays to help the offense out and get them in better position to win the game,” senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said. “… It’ll give us good momentum into the Big Ten season. All our goals are still in front of us.”

Replacing Cook in favor of Maxwell shakes the confidence of both players and leaves anyone watching scratching their heads. I know I’m still scratching mine. After the game, Cook told members of the media he was “a little disappointed” with the decision, unsure of why the coaching staff decided not

to have faith in him at a critical moment of the game. Well, I’m not sure why it happened either. And if this carries on en route to another subpar season in East Lansing, Dantonio only will have himself to blame. Dillon Davis is a State News football reporter. Reach him at


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did Saturday. Spartan defensive backs were penalized four times for interference and once more for defensive holding. All three of Notre Dame’s scoring drives were extended by one of the flags. MSU racked up 10 penalties for 115 yards, which is the most since the 2011 game against Michigan, where the catchphrase was "60 minutes of unnecessary roughness." “When it comes down to it, you’ve just got to make plays,” senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover said. “It’s not the refs, it’s gonna be us all the time. There’s no reason to get into the refs — there’s no point.” MSU coaches also made a few questionable decisions aside from the Maxwell blunder. The most notable came near the end of the third quarter when Dantonio, desperate for a spark, dialed up a trick play in which freshman receiver R.J. Shelton got the ball on a pitch and pulled up to pass to senior Bennie Fowler. Shelton was picked off, and one drive after MSU found its rhythm marching 75 yards in 15 plays against the Fighting Irish defense, the mojo vanished and never returned.

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sion 67 yards away from paydirt with 2:11 on the clock. Senior Andrew Maxwell was surprisingly thrown into the fray at quarterback. Maxwell — who had not played since week two and was spending much of his time practicing with the scout team — threw three straight incompletions before making a poor decision to tuck the ball and run for 8 yards on fourth-and-20. “I think we put him in there just to try to change the pace,” Dantonio said of Maxwell. “(I) felt like he needed an opportunity, should give him an opportunity. Tough situation to put him in at. … Obviously, (it) didn’t work out.” Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook started his second straight game and, aside from a handful of off-target passes, had a solid day, finishing with 135 yards and a touchdown. His wideouts did not offer much help, either, as dropped passes plagued the group once again. Cook said quarterbacks coach Brad Salem told him he’s still the No. 1 guy privately, but he didn’t mask his disappointment of being benched with the game on the line. “I don’t know why they pulled me,” Cook said. “They said I was a little inaccurate, but I would’ve wished that the coaches had faith in me to keep me in there in a critical situation like that.”

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Michigan flyer to increase trips to ann arbor, detroit By Simon Schuster THE STATE NEWS nn

A motorcoach service that ferries students between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport will be increasing the number of trips the route makes per day this fall. The Michigan Flyer motorcoach service departs and arrives at 333 Albert Ave. near the Marriott at University Place. Currently, the Michigan Flyer offers eight trips per day, with buses departing from East Lansing beginning at 3:30 a.m. On Nov. 15, the service will increase to 12 trips per day.

Beginning Nov. 15, Michigan Flyer will offer 12 bus trips between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit per day Under the new schedule, buses will begin leaving an hour earlier and the last bus will depart an hour later, cutting the time between trips from an average of about 108 minutes to about 78. The increase in frequency is possible because of a 2012 grant from the Federal Highway Administration, which awarded Michigan Flyer $595,680 to expand its services. The grant will be used to cover the new trips' first-year operating expenses, said Chad Cushman, vice president for Michigan Flyer parent company Indian Trails. Cushman said the goal to expand the number of trips stemmed from the company's desire to serve additional passengers. "With MSU continuing to increase in enrollment, partic-

ularly with international students ... clearly we're going to capture a bigger percentage of those students," Cushman said. "A lot of folks that are coming in from other countries are more used to public transportation." Students who often use the bus to commute between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metro Airport said the additional times would be a convenience. Advertising junior Allisa VanMaren said she uses Michigan Flyer at least twice a month to visit her family in Ypsilanti, and political theory and constitutional democracy senior Frank Cillette noted the bus system was convenient for visiting his girlfriend at the University of Michigan. "(It's) really the only good way of getting to and from Ann Arbor (because) I don't have a car," Cillette said. Cushman said the Michigan Flyer accommodations, which include free WiFi and power outlets, allow commuters to be productive during their trip and use time that would be otherwise wasted behind the wheel of a car. They also help decrease the amount of cars on the road, he said. "The bigger part of it is removing more cars from our highways," Cushman said. "If we can increase the frequency and get more people to use the service, it is going to be better for our environment, it is going to be better for our roadways." According to the Michigan Flyer website, the motorcoaches receive an equivalent of 184 miles per gallon per passenger.

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Members of the Revolution Chinese Yoyo team Brian Lu, left, Charles Lu, middle, and Christopher Shih, right, from Ann Arbor, Mich., perform during a Kollaboration talent show Saturday at Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Okemos Road, in Okemos, Mich.

Event showcases talents of local Asian Americans By April Jones THE STATE NEWS nn

Kollaboration welcomed MSU students and the East Lansing community to showcase the talent of local Asian Americans through dancing, singing and other various performing arts Saturday. The event is a movement to promote the presence of Asian Americans in the entertainment and performing arts industries, local Kollaboration executive director Adam Lam said. Lam said it aims to launch a platform where artists and per-

formers are given the chance to pursue their dreams while redefining the image of Asian Americans in entertainment. After going through an audition, eight local groups flaunted their talent on the auditorium stage of Chippewa Middle School, located at 4000 Okemos Road in Okemos, Mich. Talent acts included two dance club presentations, five instrumental musical acts and a Chinese yo-yo juggling performance. Melanie Wong, dietetics sophomore and member of MSU's FreQuency dance club, said the group started four years ago

with the goal to promote quality dancing while pushing students to open up and reveal their true creative core. As it's her second year performing, Wong said she was excited to dance and represent MSU. "I love FreQuency, and I love being here with everyone," Wong said. "We're really like a family and we put in some long hours." Jeremiah Song, a hospitality business senior, attended the event and said the evening was filled with laughter, cheers and applauding favorite acts. “I loved seeing all the students come together from differ-

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“ASMSU is hosting a medical amnesty awareness event Tuesday at the rock on Farm Lane. The undergraduate student government has been advocating for and supporting medical amnesty on campus since the organization created the idea.”

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ollege brings a feast of new experiences. Freedom from parental supervision, an enormous social environment and the excitement of scholarly advancement are aspects of college living that freshman will gorge themselves on. And if myth prevails, freshmen also will gorge themselves with carbohydrate-rich cafeteria food, alcohol and the ever-essential, late-night study fuel: junk food. All these additional calories contribute to the myth of the "Freshman 15," the amount of weight gained during a student’s first year at college. Although the myth might seem logical, we must question the validity of the Freshman 15. Seventeen magazine first mentioned the Freshman 15 more than 20 years ago. But since that article was published, the myth has endured, sending shivers up the spines of incoming students — those who are female, at least. “Coming into college, the Freshman 15 was a big concern for me," communication fresh-

man Maddy Messerly said. "Everyone talks about it. What I am worried about the most is making unhealthy food choices in the cafeterias and getting too busy with schoolwork to have time to work out. It helps that my roommate and I are on the same page though, and can motivate each other to be healthy.” Many factors contribute to the Freshman 15, but for college students, alcohol plays a primary role. The caloric contribution of alcohol is astonishing. According to, beer is deceptively high in calories and a pitcher of 60 ounces contains about 800 calories the same amount in a typical fast food meal. Alcohol also entices us to overeat by reducing eating inhibitions in those who are restricting calories. The paradigm of binge drinking followed by fast food is an experience familiar to many Spartans. The lifestyle of a college student can be a minefield of unhealthy choices. The all-you-caneat cafeteria mentality, accompanied by a surplus selection of appetizing foods, can lead one to overeat. In addition, students often use the excuse of busy class schedules and social calendars to skip out on meals and sleep, leading

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to weight gain. All of these potential factors in weight gain make the Freshman 15 seem true, but research shows that is not the case for most students. Several studies following first year students all debunked this myth. The average weight gain was only about 2-3 pounds and only half of the students gained any weight. Some actually lost weight. Both the Journal of American College Health and Social Science Quarterly have published such findings. The Freshman 15 is more accurately labeled the "Freshman Plus or Minus 3." The most surprising thing was that men gained more weight than women. But men need not fret, because males do not reach full development, at least in muscle and bone mass, until their mid-twenties. So what is a student to do to stay healthy in an environment of easy access to caloriedense food and drink? There are many strategies. In the cafeteria, MSU offers an online resource,, with a MSUtri-

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tion option to track calories and nutrients. Sparty’s also displays a U-Strong guide that highlights the best food choices. Physical fitness also must play well with good eating habits. At one of the largest campuses in America, take the Spartan advantage and work out while trekking to class to put the myth of the Freshman 15 to rest. The MSU Food and Nutrition Association is a pre-professional club composed primarily of dietetic students and food and nutritional science majors. Joann Bahri and Stephanie Send contributed to this report. Reach them at and

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Despite roommates, landlords, don’t rush for housing


f there’s one thing I hate, it’s being rushed.

Whether it’s out the door to a family dinner, my dad yelling for me to get into the car or being forced to leave The Somerset Collection mall in Troy, Mich. (you can try and drag me out by my ears), I’ve never been one wellsuited for the fast-paced life. I enjoy being busy, but on my own accord. My family likes to call this "turtle speed." While I’d like to disagree, sometimes slow and steady does win the race, such as shopping for a house to live in next year. Like many other things, I take my time. Some East Lansing landlords don’t seem to agree with this method. And neither do my roommates. Since the end of summer, my email has been swamped with a bunch of leasing deals and offers. As a former leasing agent myself, I know that signing doesn’t begin until October. So, I proceed to delete these pointless and irritating messages filling my inbox. You shouldn’t have to convince me to live somewhere via email, much like public rela-

tions for a university. If you’re much preparation. Tours, calls and an established residence, people price comparisons all need to be should already know you exist. done, for starters. This could take It’s also my job as a buydays. The reason that you realer to do my own research. ly need to be patient with this is Looking for the perfect place to you don’t want to leave problems share a home with my potentially six for your future self. You don’t want other roommates, it’s hard to be stuck in a two-bedguest columnist room, one-bathroom apartto satisfy everyone. East Lansing landlords like to ment with bunk beds on speed up this process by the fourth floor of your having students line up apartment complex. outside of a leasing office East Lansing housthe night before coning also is all about first tracts are given out. This come, first serve for potenis a bit ridiculous to me. tial residents. Much like However, it beats pitcharriving hours before a ing a tent on Munn Field home football game for Cayden Royce for basketball tickets in front-row seats, houses the middle of November, can become picked over because I won’t even do that. This fast. The market for prime housis more serious. Picking a home for ing is located around Grand Rivmy junior year will be life-changer Avenue and the streets directing. Mainly, the location deterly behind or adjacent. But there are mines if I’m going to be trudging 10 only so many worn-out party housmiles each morning to class or not. es I’d be willing to call my own. No matter how you cut it, choosHouses have essentially no ameing someplace to keep your car, nities included other than trash food and bed is a crucial decision. pick up. Bills for these homes Just because I’m a turtle doesn’t can run rampant if you and your mean I can’t get things done, though. roommates aren’t careful. Have a little faith in me, roomies! I’d say I’m most afraid of conI just want to please everyone. tinuing my search for a home when Unfortunately, that takes time. I see how guys transform their Waiting for the opportunity to homes into disaster areas. In my snag our first house comes with now six years of coming to East Lan-

sing, I’ve never been more horrified to see the bathroom and kitchen sinks particularly of a house shared by multiple gentlemen. Keeping an open mind when shopping is something a lot of us need to learn how to do. Take the time to decide who gets which section of the rooms and kitchen pantries, for that matter. I’m no expert, but if one roommate isn’t completely involved in the decision-making process, that’s their loss. Give them the last choice in picking bedrooms. Finally, listen to everyone’s opinion. Just because you want your own bathroom and a swimming pool with a fabulous view of the men's lacrosse team house next door doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. Everyone living together needs to find a happy medium. So for now, be a turtle. Take your time. Your roommates and leasing companies might be rushing you to find housing before November, but there still will be plenty of sufficient housing if you need a little longer to think things through. You will have a place to live next year, I promise. Cayden Royce is a State News reporter. Reach her at


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REHS ups laundry importance with new, improved services By Nolly Dakroury THE STATE NEWS nn

With free, unlimited laundry services now offered on campus, Residence Education and Housing Services, or REHS, is upping the ante again with new technology to notify officials when the machines aren't working. REHS collaborated with the laundry services company WASH during the summer to provide students with an app that would allow students to notify the company in case a washer or dryer has a defect. The idea received the support of the Residence Halls Association, or RHA, which is currently working on providing REHS with student feedback on the application, said RHA President Zachary DeRade. If students download the Fixlaundry app, they can easily take a picture of the barcode on the washer or dryer and send a notification to WASH. The notification would then go directly through the company's commu-

nications office and they would get it repaired within 24 hours. "Last year, students had to go to the Service Center and report the problem, which wasn't very effective," REHS Associate Director for Facilities Paul Manson said. Students also can report the defect by going to the Fixlaundry website or directly call the company. All information is provided on flyers in laundry rooms across campus. The university also has been providing students with a laundry e-mail notification service to let them know when to come pick up their laundry. Students can go on the eSuds website and enter their e-mail to get a notification when a washing machine is available or when their wash or dry cycles are complete. Law student Alannah Buford said laundry tends to be “more of a hassle than a necessity, especially around finals time.” She said an e-mail notifying her that her clothes are ready for

pick up would remove one more worry that she would face while studying. This also is the first year that MSU provides students living oncampus with a free laundry service. REHS Assistant Director of Communications Ashley Chaney said in a previous interview the organization is using the new free laundry service as a tool to keep students living on-campus. The new free laundry service will not raise tuition or housing costs. DeRade said some students have been confused with how the machine shows a balance when they swipe their student ID to access the washers and dryers. "That is only how REHS keeps track of how many cycles each student does," he said, adding that students are not being actually charged. REHS currently is working on providing University Village with free laundry service as well. DeRade said the goal is to provide residents of University Village with free laundry by the end of the semester.

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Mechanical and electrical engineering freshman Patrick Sharp works on throwing at the men's Ultimate Frisbee Team practice Sept. 18, at Munn Field. The team will be holding tryouts on Tuesday and Thursday at the Service Road fields. Margaux Forster | The State News

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Lansing resident Damani Mack, 10, rides Ashley down his street with Camp Casey volunteer Jane Harrington on Sunday, outside Mack's home in Lansing.

MSU nonprofit surprises boy with horse By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS nn

Fallon Williams couldn’t keep a secret. For two weeks, the Lansing resident plotted the surprise. She knew her son, 10-year-old Damani Mack, would open the front door Sunday morning to find a horse on their front lawn — and she just couldn’t resist telling him earlier that weekend. Williams received a phone call from doctors in June telling her Mack's leukemia had returned. Since then, she has made a constant effort to stay positive. When she heard about Camp Casey, a nonprofit formed at MSU nearly 10 years ago that brings horses for children with cancer to spend time with, Williams knew it would bring a smile to her son’s face. Early Sunday morning, Camp Casey volunteers brought Ashley, a 31-year-old white horse, to 609 Julia St. in Lansing, for Mack to ride.


“They’re in control of the horse, so they get some of their power back and a day to be a normal kids.” Caitlyn Melamed, dietetics senior

“Just having a horse … show up in your neighborhood, you don’t see that every day,” Williams said. “I kind of spoiled it for him and told him what was going on.” Program Director Danielle Martin said the organization brings horses to children’s homes as part of a program called Horsey House Calls, which allows other children in the neighborhood to participate with no cost to the family. The Lansing visit was Camp Casey's 51st house call. Camp Casey originally was founded by MSU alumna Molly Reeser. The nonprofit moved to metro Detroit with Reeser when she graduated until her sister, dietetics senior Caitlyn Melamed, started up an MSU branch of the organization nearly three years ago. Melamed said the house calls often bring a therapeutic release to the children.

"These children have lost so much control in their lives, going through all these tests and chemo," Melamed said. "They're in control of the horse, so they get some of their power back and a day to be normal kids." Williams’s mother, Lansing resident Barbara Williams, said she initially pursued the visit to encourage her grandson to keep moving forward. She said Mack likely will undergo treatment for the next seven years for his leukemia, but has yet to complain about it. "It’s been real hard on him, but he takes it like a trooper," she said. "He doesn’t let it bother him.”

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Demolition of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies on the second floor of the Administration Building will begin this week, as part of renovations across campus. The MSU Board of Trustees recently approved a $500,600 contract to update the office suite. “We’re trying to improve all space on campus, including dormitories, classrooms, labs — it’s all part of making MSU a better place,” said Doug Gage, director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Research and Internal Grants. The project will renovate existing offices to create conference space, collaborative work space, offices and support areas. It will include sustainable materials, and

natural lighting to reduce energy consumption, said Dan Bollman, acting director of Engineering and Architectural Services with MSU Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. The renovations should be complete in March 2014. Bollman said the research enterprise at MSU has nearly doubled over the past decade in external research funding, with the objective to double again over the next six years. This increases the need to create a sustainable, professional environment that conveys a proper image for MSU. “They haven’t been done in years and years because the state doesn’t give us very much money and our students come first," said MSU Trustee Faylene Owen, explaining that the offices set for renovation haven’t been altered since the 1960s. "It gets to a point

that buildings are so old that you have no choice but to renovate.” As MSU’s research activity continues to grow, there are more people in and out of the office, including people from corporations, the government, and national and international institutions, Gage said. “We’re moving from a traditional office arrangement that’s not set up for interaction … It’s all about improving the workflow,” Gage said. “We’re going to have more glass, more open space and additional conference rooms.” Gage added the graduate studies office moved out of its 1950s-style suite in August to a temporary location on the third floor of the building. The project also will move the Sparty’s Convenience Store entrance to the north end of the building.

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Men’s soccer utilizing break to MSU wins second straight regroup, heal before Creighton invitational in convincing fashion By Omari Sankofa II

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“We’ve logged a lot of minutes ... and this break is exactly what we needed.” THE STATE NEWS nn

In the wake of a week that saw the MSU men’s soccer team come away with a pair of wins, the team now is doing something it’s not used to — nothing at all. The five-day break between the Spartans' (4-1-0) 1-0 win against Bowling Green, Sept. 18, at DeMartin Stadium and their trip to Omaha, Neb. to take on No. 5 Creighton Tuesday is the second-longest of the season. Many games are two or three days apart, but this break provides both challenges and positives for the health and tempo of the team. Head coach Damon Rensing said the team took Friday off to get fit, and the Blue Jays double overtime thriller against No. 7 St. John’s will give MSU even more of an advantage heading into the matchup. “We’ll train a little bit tomorrow to get them in psychologically and physically and treat some things,” Rensing said. “(We’ll) use Saturday, Sunday and Monday to get ready for Creighton. They play

Tim Kreutz, junior forward

Saturday night and hopefully, that will benefit us.” The Spartans have played a total of 450 minutes through five games this season. Seven field players and sophomore goalkeeper Zach Bennett have started all five games. Bennett and junior defender Ryan Keener are the only two players to play every minute of every game thus far this season. “We've got a (regeneration) practice and we’re just going to try to get guys healthy,” junior forward Tim Kreutz said. “We’ve logged a lot of minutes over the last week, and this break is exactly what we needed.” There are other ways for the team to rejuvenate their bodies than take a break from practicing on the field. Sophomore midfielder Jay Chapman plans to take a “cool” bath to give his well-run legs a much needed break. “The players who've got a lot

of minutes and go 90 minutes are just going to rest,” Chapman said. “Ice tub, give the legs a rest and come back and do what we do every day, and that’s just work hard with our blue-collar work ethic.” The tough work ethic has paid off, as the Spartans rank in the top 50 in the country in scoring offense with nine goals in five games, good for a 1.80 goals per game average. After playing well in the last two and a half games against Bowling Green, at Marquette and at Detroit — the Detroit game was canceled after one half — Kreutz said the mindset of the team hasn’t changed. “We’ve got the momentum, we’ve just got to get healthy and focus on Creighton, they’re one of the top five teams in the country,” Kreutz said. “We’ll watch the film on them and figure out how to beat them.” Sports blog

three bright spots in the spartans’ loss to notre dame Spartan fans, I know how you feel. We are two days removed from an afternoon filled with watching bad football, accusing the refs of throwing the game and probably using some colorful language in the meantime. But alas, it is not all bad in East Lansing. For every time you wanted to throw your phone into the television, there was a glimmer of hope for the Spartans. Was Saturday’s game ugly? Uglier than a hairless dog. But were there any bright spots in MSU’s loss? Yes, yes there were. Matt Sheehan




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Another week, another sweep. The Spartans (11-1 overall) won the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational last weekend. The wins over Eastern Michigan, Duquesne and Cincinnati come a week after sweeping the Butler Invitational. Senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski followed her MVP performance by submitting another well-rounded weekend stat line (52 kills, seven service aces, 24 digs and five blocks) to take home this weekend's MVP honors. Rounding out weekend honors are junior outside hitter Taylor Galloway and senior setter Kristen Kelsay, who were both All-Tournament selections. Besides a game two test from Duquesne, who broke MSU’s record of 17 straight undefeated sets, it was an overall solid weekend for MSU. “We definitely got better at some things this weekend,” Kelsay said. “We also found some things that we wanted to finetune. It was good that we got tested this morning by Duquesne, and to be able to come back tonight and kind of grow from that.” Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig and sophomore setter Halle Peterson both made their season debuts during the tournament. Peterson returned from meniscus tear surgery Friday, and Reinig returned from a bout with mononucleosis Saturday. “I think it’s really important that they got out there,” head coach Cathy George said. “They’re still working their way back and trying to figure out where they are with their overall strength and how they handle being in there this weekend. But so far so good. They did a really

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good job out there.” Their return should allow players to return to their natural positions. Junior defensive setter Ryian Hubbard had played setter thus far in the season, a position she hadn’t previously played since high school. Freshman middle blocker Autumn Christenson had been shifted to the outside hitter position, which she had never played prior to the 2013 season. With the return of two players, George had a deep rotation during the tournament. “I think we got the chance to play a lot of people and get them ready for what’s next, and make sure we have the adjustments that we need,” George said. Kelsay said the flexibility on the

roster was displayed and will aid the team as the season wears on. “As we move in the season, we talk about being flexible,” Kelsay said. “We’ve had everyone kind of playing every role for us, which is important because as you go through a season you’re going to have injuries, and I think it’s important to find that flexibility now.” MSU will take on No. 1 Penn State on Friday. Galloway said the start of Big Ten is what the team has spent all of preseason preparing for. “This week’s is going to be a tough week of practice,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do getting ready for that. I think we’re going to have a lot of motivation going into Friday.”


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MSU splits weekend games in Kentucky The MSU women’s field hockey team won one and lost one this weekend on the road in Louisville, Ky. The Spartans (3-6 overall) opened the weekend on Friday by beating Northeastern, 2-0, as senior goalkeeper Molly Cassidy picked up her first shutout of the season. MSU’s offense was led by junior forward Allie Ahern’s team-leading seventh goal of the season. She currently is second in the Big Ten in goals. Senior midfielder Kristen Henn also found the back of the net in the win. However, the Spartans weren’t as lucky Sunday against No. 20 Old Dominion. The Monarchs (2-6) handed MSU its sixth loss of the season with the 3-1 victory.

MSU was down 2-0 when junior forward Abby Barker scored her second goal of the season to cut the lead in half, but the Spartans were unable to complete the comeback. The Spartans will return to East Lansing on Saturday when they face Big Ten opponent Ohio State.

sat tied for 26th place, but shot a 69 in the third and final round to jump 21 spots on the leaderboard. Nagel also was named Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week after last week's win. Senior Allyssa Ferrell placed tied for 13th place with a 218 for the tournament. The entire team shot 896 on the tournament and finished in front of six other teams from around the nation, including Kentucky, Virginia and Texas. UCLA came out on top with its 14-under par score of 850. A whopping 20 strokes behind them in second place was Arizona State (870), with Duke and Vanderbilt tying for third (876). The Spartans have this weekend off before they will head to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Tar Heel Invitational.

Spartans finish ninth in weekend tournament The MSU women’s golf team finished ninth overall this weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Coming off of their first season win last weekend, the No. 22 Spartans weren’t as lucky this weekend as a team. Two MSU golfers did finish in the top 15 for the tournament. Senior Liz Nagel won her first individual tournament at last weekend’s Mary Fossum Invitational, and she tied for fifth in Tennessee this weekend. After two rounds, Nagel


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off-field soundoff After suffering a hard-fought loss to Notre Dame, some Spartans took their thoughts to Twitter for the mass of followers to see.

Kurtis Drummond (@K_Drumm_27): We win as a team, We lose as a team but The chase not over! We WILL bounce back #SpartanNation #GoGreen

Max Bullough (@Bullough40): Man, watching the film I cudda been so much better... I am so much better...

Connor Cook (@Connor_Cook03): Thankful 4 being able to play a game I’ve always loved w/ the guys I love most. Spartans are strong. Spartans stand together

Aaron Burbridge (@ABurb16): Everybody got they lil opinion but we most definitely gon bounce back #believedat

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Students, community enjoy free music at annual BluesFest Larry Williams, right, and Mike Wheeler of The Mike Wheeler Band play classic blues music at BluesFest in Lansing’s Old Town on Saturday.

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Lansing's Old Town was immersed in the mournful crooning of harmonicas, the sweet plucking of guitars, and the thunderous beat of drums this past weekend during the annual BluesFest. BluesFest is a free festival dedicated to exposing people to blues music. The festival, which took place Friday and Saturday, is hosted by the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, or MICA. "(It's meant to) create open spaces where the community can come together and meet new people and ... see some talented musicians," said Holly Ekwejunor-Etchie, the administrative manager for MICA. The festival initially began as an event in 1994 called OctoberFest but evolved into something just for blues music lovers. "Blues music is great to bring people together," EkwejunorEtchie said. "(You see) people from all walks of life. That's what's so great." Although the festival mostly had audience members from an older generation, some MSU students found a reason to come too. "I just came out because I wanted to try to dance a little bit, hang out with friends

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Larry Williams of The Mike Wheeler Band signs autographs during a break in their performance at BluesFest on Saturday.

and listen to some music," said Andrew Murray, an environmental geosciences senior. "I think it's a success on all three." For the event, which generally draws about 10,000 people, Turner Street was closed from Grand River Avenue through Dodge River Drive in Lansing. There were two main stages and 23 different performances planned for the weekend. Mike Espy, a Flint, Mich. resident, was an unofficial performer at BluesFest. He, along with his friend, spent a lot of time playing guitar on an open stage. "It's music that goes back with African-American tradition that springs out a lot of different music like rock 'n'

roll," Espy said. "The blues is the source for a lot of music out there." There were also various retail stands that offered items such as African artwork. BluesFest also offered an a r ray of di f ferent di n i ng options. There were around 15 vendors with a wide variety of global cuisine, such as Thai food, gyros and crepes. Pam Bamfield, a Lansing resident, said this year's BluesFest was the seventh one she and her husband have attended. "We've been here many, many times," Bamfield said. "We like the music and the people and the food. We just don't have that many events in Lansing — it's kind of neat."

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