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Independent East Lansing shops face unique market challenges Jim MacGregor, owner of Action Board Sports, puts the finishing touches on a longboard on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Action Board Sports. MacGregor, and MSU alumni, opened the shop in October 2011. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO


Catering to the college demographic can bring sporadic sales for businesses, due to the seasonal schedule of university semesters — a fact East Lansing businesses Action Board Shop and The Bike Shop experience first-hand. THE BIKE SHOP

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Trek Vandecar, owner of The Bike Shop, said running the six-year-old shop is a roller coaster because of the constant changes he must make to keep up with his clientele. “We choose our inventory based on what we think we’ll sell to the college kids,” Vandecar said. “We sometimes will change over our inventory different times of the year to accommodate who’s in town at that time of year.” One way The Bike Shop caters to college students is by providing hybrid bikes — which combine features from road, touring and mountain bikes — at affordable prices. The summer inventory is tailored for local families and consists of more children’s bikes. Vandecar said the weather impacts his business because nearly everyone seeks out warmer, more protective commute methods in the winter. “We hope the weather stays nice later into the year because students will come back here in August and September,” he said. “The longer it stays nice, the more business we do. You’ll see as it gets cold, students will start looking into other options, taking the bus or some of them will end up getting cars.” Smaller businesses deserve more appreciation, Vandecar said. Customer experience is a focus for him, whereas chain businesses have pressure on them to make sales for their higher-ups. “We want to present you with information to help you make a decision and let you do your own thing and let you decide,” he said. “It’s different, in our own way.”


Owner Jim MacGregor opened Action Board Shop in 2011 when he noticed many students had been skateboarding to class, but there was nobody to cater to the longboard market. “There weren’t really any local stores that were offering a decent selection,” MacGregor said. As an MSU alumnus, he said he knew the market and picked a walkable location for his shop to convenience students. A major difficulty for the business is handling Michigan’s cold weather, which eliminates three months of riding boards to class, he said. With the difficulties of a seasonal market,


MacGregor said independent businesses need more appreciation and support. Because his shop does not have the budget to hire more staff like bigger companies, he said he must fill the role of many positions — causing him to work long hours. “You’ve got to wear many hats,” he said. “We don’t have the budget like a huge company does.” He handles sales, accounting, website development and packing orders, forcing him to “be very familiar with all aspects of the business and not be afraid to actually do it.” MacGregor said a personal knowledge of longboarding is what separates his shop’s customer service from that of a store like Zumiez, a skateboard and clothing retail chain. “We ride every day, so we really know the product and we can help customers customize boards to fit their needs,” he said. The customer experience at Action Board Shop goes beyond the in-store experience – the shop gives away stickers. “We see them around campus and it definitely makes us feel good that they’re supporting a local business,” MacGregor said. Since MSU students make up most of its customer demographic, he said the shop focuses on the times when the most students are on campus. “We’re in a unique market locally where it’s a seasonal business,” MacGregor said. “Students are only here like nine months out of the year.”

STUDENTS’ FAVORITE LOCAL SHOPS MSU journalism senior Lauren Wallenfels and journalism sophomore Rian Jackson shared their favorite independent businesses in East Lansing. Wallenfels said she likes the ice cream shop Tasty Twist because the business has more control over its prices and quality of products. “They’re more locally sourced products, so I think that’s important for the food industry especially,” Wallenfels said. Jackson said Mac Men is a cheap place to repair computers. She said she admires local business owners because they reflect a spirit of entrepreneurship. “When people start a small business, they’re regular people like us and they just have the dream,” Jackson said. “I think that’s really cool. They should be able to live out their dreams.”

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Michigan State is deep into the “listening phase” of the presidential search process. The search committee is focusing on input sessions for student groups, colleges and other members of the campus community. Reclaim MSU, a student activist organization, released a statement of distrust in the presidential search process, search committee and the recently held input sessions. “We do not trust this process,” the statement reads. “Our community has described and endorsed an inclusive and open presidential search. The Board of Trustees has not listened.” The dates, times and locations of these input sessions are not available on the official presidential search website. Those interested in attending the input sessions must either contact the dean’s office for details or wait to receive an email from their college. Comparative cultures and politics junior Natalie Rogers, the communication coordinator for Reclaim MSU, said information on the dates, times and locations aren’t being sent out soon enough and that they’re being scheduled at times that are inconvenient to students. ASMSU College of Music representative Isaiah Hawkins said he was one of the only students who attended the input session held for his college because it was at a time almost every student had class. He said that because the sessions have already been scheduled, the committee should take time to work on advertising them. “I think it’s best to increase the amount of marketing for them,” Hawkins said. “A lot of that has just been through emails and public postings on social media, so a lot of people aren’t finding out about these sessions, which is a huge issue.” Separate from the input sessions held by the committee, ASMSU will hold student forums where students can provide their input. ASMSU President Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis said these forums will be more convenient for students. “A lot of the presidential search input sessions have been between 9 and 5 to make sure that faculty and staff are on campus so that they can attend,” Rifiotis said in a previous interview. “Unfortunately, if you’re going to make something geared towards students, it has to be later in the day.” The presidential search committee, made up of 19 people — including half of the Board of Trustees — has one undergraduate student and one graduate student. 4


ASMSU representative Colin Wiebrecht, who represents the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, attended a couple input sessions. He spoke out about the flaws of the presidential search committee, process and listening phase at the session held for the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students and the Council of Progressive Students. He said the amount of trustees on the committee is concerning, as well as that students were not given the option to choose who they wanted to represent them in the presidential search. “They talk about how diverse they are, and it’s ten men, nine women. That already doesn’t sound great,” Wiebrecht said. “It’s very much the illusion of diversity, they’re trying to say ‘we checked all the boxes’ but that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t give people the opportunity to choose who they want to represent them.” Reclaim MSU’s statement said the presidential search process has not been as open or inclusive as it should be. Rogers expressed concern that asking questions of the committee is not allowed. “They’re holding these input sessions, but that doesn’t mean anything if they’re not listening,” Wiebrecht said. “It’s one thing to listen, but it’s another thing to act on those things and put them into practice and they haven’t done that, they haven’t shown us that, especially in the last year.” At the input sessions Wiebrecht attended, he expressed to the committee that there is still time to change the presidential search committee and process to include more student input. “It’s tough because the people on the committee are really committed to doing the right thing, it’s very admirable that they’re dedicating their time and coming to these sessions,” Rogers said. “But at the same time, having input isn’t really having any real power in the process, especially because the way that these are being conducted aren’t really a conversation.” Hawkins said although he shares some of the concerns other students have about the process, he has hope their voices will be heard. “I know there’s a lot of distrust in the process because of how little student representation is on the committee, which is something that I’m pretty upset about as well,” Hawkins said. “But from my experience with the individual committee members themselves, they are all extremely receptive to student input, to having student voices and picking the best president.” TH U R S DAY, O C TO B E R 4 , 2 01 8



At an MSU Board of Trustees candidate forum hosted by the Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, on Oct. 2, candidates discussed a range of issues involving the current campus culture in light of the university’s handling of reports against ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. Four candidates have been nominated to run for two open spots on the board in the Nov. 6 general election.

WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES? The Democratic candidates are Kelly Tebay and Brianna Scott. Tebay has two degrees from MSU and is a sexual assault survivor, and Scott is an attorney and former prosecutor who got her undergraduate degree from MSU. “I’m running because I felt that we needed a voice on the board that’s not far removed from their time here at Michigan State and really understands the current culture,” Tebay said. The Republican candidates are Dave Dutch and Mike Miller. Dave Dutch is a businessman who earned an MBA from MSU, and Miller is a businessman whose daughter was treated by Nassar while she was a competitive gymnast at the university. “I’ve seen difficulties at Michigan State, but I’ve never seen anything as bad as it is right now,” Miller said. Here are some of the topics that were addressed at the forum.


“I don’t think that (former) Governor Engler should have been hired as the interim President of Michigan State in the first place,” Tebay said. But like the other three candidates, Tebay said that removing him from the position could negatively affect the university. “I am not happy with former Governor Engler’s comments about our survivors,” Miller said. “He should be penalized for that somehow. But I’m not sure it’s the best thing for our university to go out today and hire another interim president when Governor Engler has no intention of staying and we have no intention of keeping him.” Miller, Scott and Dutch said at this point, the university should be focusing on finding a new president instead.


Scott said that the university should be able to regulate speakers that come to campus with hate speech, especially if the university wants to create an inclusive environment for its diverse community. Tebay and Miller agreed. “I support everyone’s right to speak their mind, but I don’t support their right to disrupt the university, to cause chaos or to create a situation that might endanger the safety of our students,” Miller said. Although all candidates showed support for the First Amendment, Dutch said his support was a reason speakers coming to campus should not be regulated. “There’s always going to be speakers who offend people,” Dutch said. “If it’s a safety issue, I get it, but short of that, I do not believe that we should be stopping people from coming, no matter how reprehensible they are.”


RIGHT: The MSU Board of Trustees Candidate Forum at Wells Hall on Oct. 2. From left to right: Dave Dutch, Kelly Tebay, Mike Miller and Brianna Scott. PHOTO BY ANNIE BARKER.

All candidates agreed that there has been an issue with transparency at the board level. Scott said trustees should have open office hours so that students and faculty can be comfortable discussing their questions and concerns with the board. Tebay said she wants to look into student representation on the Board of Trustees. All candidates emphasized the importance of keeping most meetings open to the public. “We need to change the culture on the board to a transparent culture, Miller said. “We need to open up some of these meetings.”


Scott said a committee consisting of state police, public defenders and other stakeholders should be formed to handle criminal sexual misconduct on campus. “Having all of those cases coming to this particular committee, where you have people from different professional backgrounds talking about it, will make sure that these things don’t fall through the cracks,” Scott said. Dutch said the best way to deal with sexual assault is to report it to the police. “You don’t go to a coach, administrator or teacher. You call law enforcement. They are the ones who are prepared to deal with this,” Dutch said. Tebay said that when it comes to reporting sexual assault, to report or not to report depends on the victim’s own terms and own comfort level. She added that the university should focus on preventive measures.


Miller took a stance against fraternities. “I haven’t seen a benefit from Greek Life that outweighs the costs,” Miller said. “The abuses of the Greek Life that seem to be causing problems, in my view, we could shut them all down and it wouldn’t make a difference to me.” Scott, who was a member of Delta Sigma Theta during her time at Michigan State, disagreed. “I never would have made it without my sorority sisters,” Scott said. “I do not think that we should be policing Greek organizations any different than we would police any other organizations. I think they all need to be educated, but I don’t think that we need to make separate rules for them.” C AMP U S @ STAT E NE WS .COM

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LEFT: Quaterback Jimmy Raye during his playing time at MSU. PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ATHLETIC COMMUNCATIONS. RIGHT: Jimmy Raye is honored during halftime at the game against Central Michigan at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 29. PHOTO BY ANNTANINNA BIONDO. BY JONATHAN LEBLANC JLEBLANC@STATENEWS.COM

Jimmy Raye couldn’t believe it. The former MSU quarterback received a call from Athletic Director Bill Beekman, who told him he’s a part of the Spartan Athletics 2018 Hall of Fame class. Raye, 72, thought he didn’t do enough on the field during his tenure in East Lansing. That made the phone call from Beekman more surprising. “I was at a loss for words really,” Raye said before his induction at the Wharton Center Sept. 27. “When I did summon some ability to be coherent, I thanked him. I immediately got off the phone and I called (former MSU fullback) Bob Apisa, my buddy — two 72-yearold men crying on the phone out of joy was not fun to see.” The Fayetteville, North Carolina native played for three years at Michigan State, spending the 1964 season on the bench since the NCAA didn’t allow freshmen to play. This allowed Raye to get acclimated with an integrated society — something he never experienced before. “I never played against white players, I never had white instructors, professors and colleagues,” Raye said. “All of that was new to me. ... We had an opportunity to grow into the environment and see what it was like, and stumble and get picked up and have a chance to succeed.” In the next three seasons from 1965-67, Raye completed 107-of-232 passes for 1,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, while rushing 244 times for 929 yards and nine touchdowns. He helped lead the 1965 team to a 10-1 season, a national championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl, in which MSU lost to UCLA 14-12. “We had one of those days out in Pasadena, California that we’d like to forget,” Raye said. 6


“That one cut pretty deep.” Raye then led the Spartans to a 9-0-1 season in 1966, completing 62-of-123 passes for 1,110 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while carrying the ball 122 times for 486 yards and five touchdowns. The 1966 season also featured the “Game of the Century” against then-No. 1 Notre Dame. It ended in a 10-10 tie and different national champions. The Associated Press, coaches and National Football Foundation, or NFF, said then-No. 1 Notre Dame were the national champions. The NFF also named then-No. 2 Michigan State national champions. “If I had a nickel for everybody that saw the Notre Dame game, they came up to me and said ‘Yes, I saw the Michigan State-Notre Dame game,’ I’d be a rich man,” Raye said. “You think you’d be remembered for a great win, an overbearing loss or something, but people still remember the 10-10 tie.” Raye broke barriers, becoming the first southern black quarterback to win a national championship in the midst of the civil rights movement and a pioneer for black coaches in the NFL during his 37-year coaching career. “You can’t write the history of Michigan State football without Jimmy Raye,” said Tom Shanahan, author of the book “Raye of Light.” “He deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.”


Growing up in North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s, Raye never thought of playing for any Division I colleges in the South such as Clemson, Alabama or LSU. Those schools weren’t allowed to recruit black athletes like Raye, because of Jim Crow laws. “I was good enough, ain’t no question about that.” Raye said. “It’s just that it was against the law to give a black an athletic scholarship. But I think if I was in that arena today, my skills THURSDAY, OCTOB E R 4, 2 01 8

“I was good enough, ain’t no question about that. It’s just that it was against the law to give a black an athletic scholarship” Jimmy Raye Former MSU quarterback

were of such that I would have been recruited to one of those schools, definitely.” While playing quarterback at E.E. Smith High School, Raye received offers from historically black colleges in the South. He received only one offer from a Division I program — Michigan State. Raye didn’t know much about MSU before the East-West Shrine All-Star game, which was a black all-star game in North Carolina during segregation. Then-MSU assistant coach Cal Stoll gave Raye the MVP award, and Raye’s recruitment process began. Raye said he started to follow the Spartans from that point forward — especially in his senior year in high school when MSU played Illinois in the Big Ten championship Nov. 28, 1963, which the Spartans lost 13-0. Then-coach Duffy Daugherty offered Raye a scholarship, and he took it. Raye said he couldn’t believe it — he was going to play quarterback for a major university. “It was almost unbelievable that I had the opportunity,” Raye said. “And then to be able to play the position, it was unreal.” Shanahan said black quarterbacks during the civil rights movement never got the opportunity


to play their own position. Instead, they would often be switched to a skill position such as running back or wide receiver. “So Duffy Daugherty — Jimmy has said this many times — showed a lot of courage letting him play quarterback, letting him earn the job,” Shanahan said. At the time, Michigan State was short on quarterbacks, especially when All-American quarterback Steve Juday graduated after the 1965 season, Shanahan said. Without Raye, the 1966 unbeaten season would have looked very different. “He was very open to being a part of a team, family situation,” former MSU wide receiver Gene Washington said. “In college sports or football, you can’t win every game. But he was the type of person that … he’d always pick himself up, and return and be as motivated as he was the first time — whether he won or lost. That’s the toughness that he had.”


After Raye’s NFL playing career was shortened by a broken arm, he enrolled at Michigan State’s School of Education for his master’s in education. Raye said he planned on going to law school before Daugherty asked him to join his coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1971. Raye said he never thought of joining. “I had no intentions of coaching,” Raye said. “I was back (at Michigan State) working on a degree and going to graduate school, and he asked me to come out and help coach, help with the scout team and do some scouting and I did.” At the end of the season, George Perles, who was Daugherty’s defensive line coach, left for the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving an opening to Raye, who shared the position with Herb Paterra. After five seasons with the Spartans, Raye

FROM THE COVER Quarterback Jimmy Raye during his playing time at MSU. PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ATHLETIC COMMUNCATIONS.

coach in Notre Dame football history in 2002, walk-on at Michigan State in 1973. Former Indianapolis Colts coach and current analyst on “Football Night in America” Tony Dungy, grew up in Jackson, Mississippi wanting to be Raye, Shanahan said. Raye’s son, Jimmy Raye III, is in his 24th year in the NFL and his first season with the Detroit Lions as a senior personnel executive. In short, he had reach, author Shanahan said. coached at Wyoming and Texas, before leaving “A lot of guys Jimmy came in contact (with), to be the wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. It was his first NFL position, looked up to Jimmy and wanted to follow in making him one of three black assistant coaches his path,” Shanahan said. “At the same time, Jimmy was in the NFL for so long, when he in the NFL at the time. Raye said all of that could not have happened would go out scouting different colleges, he’d spot a guy here or there and encourage him to without Daugherty. “He was very instrumental in my coaching go to coaching, and maybe give him a break.” Hamilton said even Raye’s phrases rubbed career at the start of it, and mentoring me the early years of it,” Raye said. “Without him, I off on him. “One saying that he had was, ‘There’s a lot probably wouldn’t have lasted in coaching very of different ways to get to Chicago,’” Hamilton long.” What followed was a 37-year career as an said. “That’s his way of saying, ‘There are more NFL assistant coach with 10 different teams. ways to get something accomplished than just Though Raye said he would’ve liked to have the one traditional way.’ I use that quite often.” Hamilton said Raye never complained about been an NFL head coach, he knew the time he was in wouldn’t make it easy. He felt it wasn’t the circumstances he was put in. He just focused at the task at hand. “a birthright.” “He never once complained about the “Just like when I played quarterback, I came along when that wasn’t fashionable, circumstances,” Hamilton said. “He just focused on the output and the and that was at the work, and being the best height of my career,” “You can’t write the coach he can be and Raye said. “When I history of Michigan State making his players the started the National best players they can be. Footba l l L eag ue, football without Jimmy there were only three Raye. He deserves his place I try and do the same.” blac k a s si st a nt s: in the Hall of Fame.” myself, Elijah Pitts HOPING HE MADE and Lionel Taylor. As A DIFFERENCE I grew through that Raye is still involved with Tom Shanahan process, the idea of the NFL, working on the Author of the book hiring a black head career development “Raye of Light.” coach in the National panel, which is charged Football League was w it h i mpr ov i ng t he not something that was talked about.” number of minority coaches, coordinators and Raye said he was able to keep getting general managers in the NFL. opportunities to coach in the NFL because he Raye said the panel complements the Rooney “could do a job.” rule, which says teams have to interview a “Some people can get a job, some people can person of color when filling a position. do a job,” Raye said. “I think I benefit from “We find the qualified people that they claim being able to do a job and I had the respect of don’t exist,” Raye said. my peers across the National Football League, Raye now lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina and consequently I had a long career.” about 44 miles from Fayetteville. Washington said Raye is deserving of being in INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION the Spartan Athletics Hall of Fame, and is glad While Raye was the offensive coordinator of Raye’s leadership style carried into the NFL. Raye’s leadership is something Washington the Kansas City Chiefs, he visited Howard to spotted from his days at Michigan State, as scout quarterback Ted White in 1999. In the process, Raye stumbled across White’s Raye was the first player to show up to practice quarterbacks coach, Pep Hamilton, who’s and the last to leave. “He’d always set an example,” Washington currently Michigan’s passing game coordinator. Raye then made Hamilton an offensive said. “He was always there for you.” Raye hopes he “did a little bit” to get more intern on his staff — which led to a 15-year NFL coaching career for Hamilton with a three- black quarterbacks and coaches in the NFL and year stint at Stanford from 2010-12 — before in college football. “Clemson, Alabama, LSU and all of those joining the Wolverines staff. “The wealth of information that he provides, teams down south, because of Jim Crow and a simple conversation about football, really laws, wouldn’t allow black athletes to get just gave me the perspective of, I had a lot scholarships,” Raye said. “They all have black to learn and I had to work hard to learn it,” quarterbacks now. I think, and I hope, I did a small part in opening up the minds of some of Hamilton said. Raye also convinced Daugherty to let Tyrone the college administrators and the people in Willingham, who became the first black head general in the South.” THUR SDAY, O C TOBER 4, 2018






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as well as urban revitalization. The organization purchased different plots of land within Detroit to create small gardens. “Originally, we wanted to create a mentoring program. We realized that the value of that is great, but we could provide greater value by also providing financial support,” Mix said. “That way, we can give those back to the community members,” Mix said. Today, his foundation is legally established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He talked about some of the projects he’s been putting together through it. “We are creating a high school tour,” Mix said. “I’m really excited for this because it’s a very creative project that we haven’t seen anyone do yet, and it’s an opportunity for us to talk to hundreds of high school students about how to brand themselves and put themselves in a position that aligns their passion with their purpose.” Mix’s tour will start in either East Lansing or Detroit. As he grew up in Detroit and attends school in East Lansing, he’s familiar with both locations. “The title of the tour is called ‘Finding your Purpose’ tour,” Mix said. “The tour will start in East Lansing or in Detroit, then it will go back and forth until the springtime, leading up to our second annual Plant A Seed Gala.” Mix was recently designated a Forbes Under 30 Scholar and attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Sept. 30

in Boston. The Under 30 Summit is “an open forum for Under 30 listmakers — past, present and future — to take the stage and share their stories,” according to Forbes. T he summit was a net work ing opportunity for Mix, with a line-up of speakers including Sen. John Kerry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Olympic athlete Adam Rippon. “(It) is just like in the movies, where you are able to see all these celebrities and all these game changers,” Mix said. “You’re pretty much on the forefront for networking, you’re on the forefront for getting your resume out there and for getting your brand out there.” Mix is also appointed to MSU’s 2018 Homecoming Court. As an ambassador for the court, he’ll appear in the MSU Homecoming parade Oct. 5 and at the MSU vs. Northwestern football game Oct. 6. With the community service Mix has done over the years — in and outside of his nonprofit — he hopes to be a true role model for young people looking to make a change in their communities. “The sky is not the limit for everyone, but in order to really add something to a community ... you really have to stay true to your heart,” Mix said. “Create something that is long-lasting, that’s everlasting, because those things are really what change is about.”



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ichigan State’s 2018 Homecoming Court is composed of 10 seniors — designated as “ambassadors” — who impacted both the MSU and East Lansing communities. The individuals were nominated and selected because they represent the ideals of diversity, commitment and school spirit, according to an MSU press release. Read what being selected for Homecoming Court means to these seniors and their thoughts on how the position has impacted their lives.


Jessica Altenberger majors in child development with a minor in bioethics. For her, being part of the court offers her personal connections to her family and education. “I’ve been a Spartan since I was born. I come from a long line of Spartans,” Altenberger said. “To me, it’s a representation of how much I love MSU and how much my family has seen being a Spartan as part of our identity. I view it as a thank-you from Michigan State for what each of us has done for the community.” Altenberger said she hopes to use her position on the court to advocate for children in the community. “I’ve been fortunate to get to work with pediatric oncology patients in our community. I hope to use my platform to advocate for more pediatric cancer research and to give back to our community,” Altenberger said. “We have these children who are going through something super difficult right here in our community ... and I hope to raise awareness for them.”


Lauren Bernhardt majors in human capital and society and psychology with additional minors in leadership of organizations, German, global public health and epidemiology. She wants to use her position to advocate for increased mental health awareness within the Spartan community. “I’ve always cared a lot about mental health and having access to treatment — generally, making every student feel comfortable here,” Bernhardt said. “I’d also like to advocate for more people to apply for Homecoming Court in the future, because people deserve to be recognized. So many people have made quite an impact on their community and beyond as a Spartan as well.” To Bernhardt, getting on Homecoming Court

in college has a different connotation than in high school. “Now it makes me feel like I made an impact on this campus, and tried to uphold what it means to truly be a Spartan,” she said.


Shavonna Green majors in social work with a minor in human behavior and social services. She said influence from her mentors and her love of MSU led her to make the most of her position on the court. “I’m excited to be able to inspire other people around me,” Green said. “I was inspired by my mentor. I have a couple of mentors who have been on the Homecoming Court before me and the amazing work that they’ve done.” Green said being able to be part of change on campus is one of the most important roles being on the court has to offer. “I think that the most important thing about being on Homecoming Court is having a balance of loving your school and bleeding green and white, but also seeing change and striving to be that change agent, so I’m so excited for the programming myself and my colleagues will put on on-campus,” Green said. Green is a first-generation college student. She said she hopes to make her family, fellow Spartans and the Spartans who came before her proud. “I’m excited to be a liaison and an ambassador for this university and represent the voices that Michigan State has because there is something so beautiful about all of our voices,” Green said. “Our voices carry color and they’re so vibrant and each tells a different story.”

ca Gonzalez, Shavonna Green, Lauren Lahie, Jan Mecano, Malik Amir Mix and Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis. Because MSU recognizes the seniors as ambassadors of their class, a king and queen won’t be chosen from the group. Instead, the seniors will be honored during halftime at MSU’s Homecoming football game against Northwestern Oct. 6. Editor’s note: Court members Lamont Davis, Katie Frayer, Lauren Lahie, Jan Mecano and Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

“To me, it’s a representation of how much I love MSU and how much my family has seen being a Spartan as part of our identity. I view it as a thank you from Michigan State for what each of us has done for the community.”

Jessica Altenberger Homecoming Court Ambassador


Malik Amir Mix is in the Eli Broad Business College and majors in marketing. Mix said he is most proud of philanthropic work he has done — for instance, he was named a Forbes Under 30 scholar in 2018. He talked about how being on the Homecoming Court gives him a platform to engage in philanthropic work. “I would say philanthropy, and just giving back to different communities — especially the African-American community and urban community,” Mix said. “Being able to be on the Homecoming Court allows me to establish connections and build relationships with different people and organizations. It allows me to create a larger footprint for the philanthropy I do.” The 10 individuals chosen for the 2018 Homecoming Court are Jessica Altenberger, Lauren Bernhardt, Lamont Davis, Katie Frayer, Jessi-

“I’m excited to be a liaison and an ambassador for this university and represent the voices that Michigan State has because there is something so beautiful about all of our voices.”

Shavonna Green Homecoming Court Ambassador


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Freshman twins share bond through football

The Spartans take the field before the game against Central Michigan at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 29. The Spartans defeated the Chippewas 31-20. PHOTO BY ANNTANINNA BIONDO. BY KARA KEATING KKEATING@STATENEWS.COM

Freshman defensive linemen Jacob and Zach Slade have always been by each other’s side. The identical twins played football together since they were in the fourth grade, in Lewis Center, Ohio, and they knew they would end up playing at the same college. “At first we were open to going to different schools, but eventually, when we started getting the same offers, we said, ‘We’re definitely going to end up going to school together,’” Jacob said. Jacob – who was ranked as the 47th best high school prospect in Ohio by ESPN – said the coaches and family atmosphere drew him to Michigan State. Sophomore offensive tackle Luke Campbell, who attended Olentangy High School with Jacob and his brother, was a factor in Jacob’s decision as well. “Luke Campbell was a big influence on me coming here, but mostly it was the staff in general and it (MSU) being a very family-oriented program,” Jacob said. “It’s really cool because I’m four hours away from home, so I’m independent and by myself, but I still have my family with me, I still got my brother.” When Jacob and Zach began their recruitment process, they knew there was a possibility they could end up at different schools. They both committed to MSU the summer before their senior year, but Zach had to wait a couple of days longer for his scholarship than his brother. “My mom was getting mad at me and she asked, ‘Why didn’t you get an offer, too?’” Zach, who plays at defensive end, said. “But, even if he got the offer, we would have wanted to go to the same school. To this day I don’t know what he would have done if I wouldn’t have went to MSU, but we definitely wanted to go to the same school and I’m glad it was Michigan State.” Jacob played in one game this season against Utah State. He didn’t think he would get to play against the Aggies, as he was listed as a backup on the depth chart before the game. The true freshman learned during halftime that he would be playing in his first game at Spartan Stadium. “I was thrown right in. Coach came up to me and told me I was rolling with the second team … honestly, I didn’t have time to be nervous,” Jacob said.

Jacob registered one tackle during the game, and has not made another appearance on the field this season, but that could soon change for the freshman. Coach Mark Dantonio made an announcement during an Oct. 2 press conference that he would like to play Jacob in four more games during the season to hold his redshirt eligibility. “He’s a very good player,” Dantonio said. “He’s strong enough right now, he’s physically able to play. He understands leverage and he understands technique.” Jacob’s brother has not seen any action this season after recovering from a shoulder injury he endured in high school. During his senior year, Zach dislocated his shoulder in a game and popped it back in to get back onto the field and continue playing. He later discovered he suffered a tear in his shoulder, and would sit out a few games. He later reaggravated the injury, causing him to have surgery and miss the rest of the season. Zach knows he is at a disadvantage, but he is trying to work on the way he uses his body and his hands while recovering and regaining the strength he had before the injury. “I can’t power rush (linemen) or things like that, so I use my hands a lot better,” Zach said. “I try to stay a lot lower and that’s a problem I had my senior year. I would just use my strength against guys, but once you get to the college level you really need to stay a lot lower.” Dantonio does not know when Zach will see the field, but he knows he will end up being a powerful player once he is fully healthy. “He is practicing, but he’s playing in the defensive end position. He’s probably going to be just like his brother and be another 280-pound, 290-pound guy, but he needs to get a little bit stronger,” Dantonio said. Both Jacob and Zach hope to help bring the Spartans a championship one day, and earn their spots as fulltime starters. And while they might not accomplish those goals in the immediate future, Dantonio believes they will fit in with the team just fine. “Both of them will be very good players for us, I think they’re tough guys, they play with an edge,” Dantonio said. “So, they will be outstanding.”





Sophomore center Sam Saliba (10) chases after the puck during the first period of the men’s hockey game against Ohio State on Jan. 5 at the Munn Ice Arena. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO.


ast season was filled with ups and downs for Michigan State men’s ice hockey, as they began a transition period following the arrival of head coach Danton Cole. The Spartans finished last in the Big Ten for the second season in a row. The Spartans have a youthful 2018 roster, just three of its 28 members are seniors. A common problem that plagues young teams — and what arguably hurt MSU last year — is a lack of leadership, which can lead to poor production down the stretch. But, despite not having a captain in his first season, Cole was adamant his team did not lack in leadership. “I think we (led) as a committee last year … and that was by design,” Cole said. “I think the more leaders you have the better the locker room is.” Cole is beginning his second season as the Spartans’ head coach, and according to him, the transition period in his first year, or, “changes in expectations,” was another reason no captain was elected. Junior forward Sam Saliba was voted as captain for this upcoming season after making a strong impression on his coaches and teammates. “Once we took the vote in the spring, Sammy was clearly ahead of everyone,” Cole said. “So I think that was pretty easy on us as a staff. Then we had four guys that were real close and we decided to kind of keep everybody involved in that leadership role.” Cole will continue to push this concept of leadership by committee despite Saliba being named captain. In fact, he believes the captain patch on the jersey doesn’t have much bearing on leadership ability. “I kind of get away from the letters making a difference,” Cole said. “I think it’s still the guys in the jerseys that make the difference.” Saliba is one of the guys Cole was referring to. Saliba put up solid numbers last season, scoring six goals and recording nine points. Cole has the utmost confidence in his captain going into this season.

“Sam Saliba is going to have a good year,” Cole said. “He scored 10 goals his freshman year, was down a little last year, but I think we put him in a lot of tough situations.” The recently-elected Saliba seems thrilled to take on the leadership role. Before stepping on the ice, he knows exactly where he wants to take his team at the end of the season. “Well, we want to be competing for a Big Ten championship for sure,” said Saliba. After finishing at the bottom of the conference last year, however, Saliba also knows it will take some work to get his team to that level, but he’s willing to put forth the effort. “It doesn’t happen overnight,” Saliba said. “We just know that everyday we’ve got to come to the rink and work hard and look to get better. We’re in a tough league in the Big Ten and there’s no easy nights. There’s no easy nights period in college hockey, so we’ve just got to focus on one day at a time.” Saliba and the rest of the Spartans have about one week left to prepare for the first test of the regular season, against Northern Michigan Oct. 12 at Munn Ice Arena.

“We’re in a tough league in the Big Ten and there’s no easy nights. There’s no easy nights period in college hockey, so we’ve just got to focus on one day at a time.” Sam Saliba Junior forward

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