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Cost of living on-campus vs. off-campus BY ANDREW ROTH AROTH@STATENEWS.COM


ne of the first things students consider when deciding whether to live on or off campus is the costs associated with each option. A State News analysis shows students pay a premium for the convenience of on-campus housing, spending nearly $450 a month more than their offcampus counterparts. Rent is the foremost cost associated with choosing a place to live. There is a minimal difference in rental costs between on-campus and off-campus housing options. A study conducted by Trulia indicates that a two-bedroom rental occupied by two tenants would have an average 9-month normalized rent of $620 monthly, compared to the roughly $640 monthly living in the dorms would cost. Transportation can raise the cost of living off campus. If you live far away, you will not be able to walk to and from class as easily as those living in the dorms, with free bus rides around campus. Instead, you will either have to rely on a $50 CATA semester pass to get on and off campus, or you could shell out $108 for a Lot

89 parking permit. Additionally, while the cost of utilities are included in the cost of living on campus, many apartments will make you pay for that separately. According to Sperling’s Best Places, which compares the cost of living in cities across the United States, the average monthly bill for electricity and gas in Ingham County was $103 in 2014. Food habits offer the clearest difference in cost. On average, a male adult between 19-50 years old will spend between $186.10 and $369.50 every month on food. MSU’s cheapest dining plan, which allows unlimited entries into the dining halls on campus and comes with six Combo X-Changes per week, jumps up to more than $900 every month. The most expensive dining plan, which includes $300 of Spartan Cash and eight guest meal passes per semester, costs more than $1,000 per month. When everything is combined, the cost of living on campus with the middle-level Gold dining package is $1,596.98 per month, compared to the average off-campus monthly cost of $1,155.33 – a $441.65 average monthly savings for those choosing to live off campus.

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Construction projects around MSU’s campus


Every month, the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at MSU releases Construction Junction, a presentation to update the public on the major construction projects around campus. Here is an overview of what was in the October presentation, along with background knowledge of each of the projects.


The Wilson Road extension project started in December 2017, with construction breaking ground in March 2018. The project will add an entrance to campus off of Hagadorn Road north of Service Road, doubling the number of entrances on that side of campus. In September, Parking Lot 112 at Conrad Hall was officially opened to the public and trees were planted along a portion of the new Wilson Road. Early in the month, the Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association, who represents the contractors, and the union of Operating Engineers Local 324 fell into a labor dispute, causing road work around the state to come to a halt. Work on the Wilson Road extension was subject to the holdout, coming to a standstill for over three weeks. The city of East Lansing and MSU were not able to have any input in the negotiations.Eventually, the dispute was settled, and the project was back to full staff as of Oct. 1. Even with the three week delay, the project is still on track to be complete by the previous timeline of Nov. 15. Various pedestrian and vehicle detours will be active until Nov. 15.

Michigan Senator, Darwin Booher, Provost June Pierce Youatt, Interim President John Engler and MSU Board of Trustee member Melanie Foster shovel dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new academic building on Aug. 31. PHOTO BY SYLVIA JARRUS.

funded by gifts to the Eli Broad College of Business, the project has a completion date of July 2019. This September, interior finish instillation was completed, along with a continuance of painting interior spaces. Preparation for the east courtyard area has begun as well. Pedestrians can expect some of the sidewalks around the construction area to remain closed.


The construction of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building, or ISTB, is part of an initiative to aid and support significant growth of STEM-related fields at MSU. When completed, the building will provide modern teaching and research spaces necessary to support growth in the STEM fields. The ISTB will be home to laboratories, computational research spaces, offices and collaborative spaces. In the past month, the steam service was turned on, the loading dock and generator concrete pads were poured and the generators were delivered. Traffic on Service Road will continue to be heavy, with product delivery continuing throughout the month.


The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, is inching toward completion. The U.S. Department of Energy noted it wants to start providing operational funding in 2018, rather than 2022, as originally planned.


HIGH RIGIDITY AND ISOTOPE HARVESTING The new Eli Broad College of Business EXPERIMENTAL VAULT Pavilion is a $62 million construction project underway on campus. Largely

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Progress was made on the High Rigidity and Isotope Harvesting Experimen-


tal Vault, with the previous building demolished and the abandoned tunnels removed. The caissons, a watertight chamber used for underwater construction work, are nearly complete and foundation installation was set to begin this month. Along with the High Rigidity and Isotope Harvesting Experimental Vault, the FRIB Cryogenic Assembly Building is also being worked on.


With concerns voiced about MSU’s quality of water, the university has begun work on a new water distribution system. A new 2 million gallon elevated water storage tank is under construction, and a new nearly 12,000 square foot water treatment plant is in the works. Around 80 percent of the approximately 3,000 feet of underground piping needed to connect the new water plant and tower to campus, and the potable water distribution systems were laid. A total of 114 concrete pilings that will support the 2 million gallon tank are now complete, and the piling cap was set to be poured in early October.


The Music Building on campus is receiving its third addition, its first since 1956. Many capital improvements are being made, including the installation of new windows. The most recent news on the Music Building is the demolition of the old Hart Recital Hall. Mass excavation of the site has started.


The seats in the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall and the Pasant Theatre were replaced during the summer.

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Basketball looks to full gap at power forward. Tillman, Ahrens and Goins all stnad to complement Ward this season.


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All Saints Episcopal Church 800 Abbot Rd. (517) 351-7160 Sun. Worship: 8am, 10am, & 5pm Sunday School: 10am Chabad House of MSU 540 Elizabeth St. (517) 214-0525 Prayer Services: Friday night services followed by traditional Shabbat dinner @ Chabad. Eastminster Presbyterian Church UKirk at MSU Presbyterian Campus Ministry 1315 Abbot Rd. (517) 337-0893 Sun. Worship: 10am www.eastminster Greater Lansing Church of Christ 310 N. Hagadorn Rd. (Meet @ University Christian Church) (517) 898-3600 Sun: 8:45am Worship, 10am Bible Class Wed: 1pm, Small group bible study www.greaterlansing Hillel Jewish Student Center 360 Charles St. (517) 332-1916 Services: Friday night 6pm, dinner @ 7, September–April

The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing 920 S. Harrison Rd. (517) 351-4309 Friday Services: 12:15-12:45pm & 1:45-2:15pm For prayer times visit Martin Luther Chapel 444 Abbot Rd. (517) 332-0778 Sun: 9:30am & 7pm Wed: 9pm Mini-bus pick-up on campus (Fall/Spring) www.martinluther Pentecostals of East Lansing 16262 Chandler Road (517) 337-7635 Service Times: Sundays: Prayer 10:30am, Service 11am Wednesdays: Prayer 6:30pm, Bible Study 7pm Denomination: Pentecostal The People’s Church multi-denominational 200 W Grand River Ave (517) 332-6074 Sun Service: 10:30am with free lunch for students following worship. The Riverview Church- MSU Venue MSU Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor 49 Abbot Rd. (517) 694-3400 Sun. Worship: 11:30am-ish

St. John Catholic Church and Student Center 327 M.A.C Ave. (517) 337-9778 Sun: 8am, 10am, Noon, 5pm, 7pm M,W,F: 12:15pm T & Th: 9:15pm University Luthern Church (ULC) Lutheran Campus Ministry at MSU 1020 S. Harrison (517) 332-2559 Sun. Worship: 8:30am & 10:45am (Sept–May) Summer Worship: 9:30am University United Methodist Church 1120 S. Harrison Rd (517) 351-7030 Main Service: Sun: 10:30am in the Sanctuary May 27–Aug. 26: 10am-11am Additional Services: TGiT (Thank God its Thursday): Thur: 8pm in the Chapel of Apostles WELS Lutheran Campus Ministry 704 Abbot Rd. (517) 580-3744 Sat: 6:30pm


Understaffing. Long wait times. Not enough resources. On-campus mental health services had a reputation. Because of it, social relations and policy senior Colin Wiebrecht avoided on-campus mental health services when he came to MSU. “I just didn’t want to deal with what I had been told was a broken system,” Wiebrecht said. More than two years ago, in response to criticism and student demand, discussions on making major structural changes to university student health services began. An action committee of leadership and staff from these services wrote a report calling for an increase in staff, the creation of an integrated health network, the housing of services in one main location and more. While plans to implement these changes were being made over the years, on-campus mental health services continued to be criticized, and the poor reputation remained. Student groups were formed, petitions were created and forums were held, all demanding the same thing — for mental health to become a priority. In the fall of 2017, the former MSU Counseling Center and the former Olin Psychiatry Clinic were finally combined into one entity, after a year of planning and restructuring. Until this year, Counseling and Psychiatry Services, or CAPS, was without a director, and some of the initial goals created by the committee, such as increasing staff and fully integrating the two services, still weren’t met. Now, that’s changing. “The fact that they’re making strides to reach out to students, to connect with students — I think it really shows that they’re aware of what students thought before,” Wiebrecht said. “They’re trying to figure out the best way to not only fix it internally, but also externally let students know that it’s not going to be a problem going forward.” With the goal of redesigning CAPS from the

perspective of students, Dr. Mark Patishnock, the newly-appointed director of CAPS, already made long-awaited changes to the service, structure and hopefully, its reputation. “I feel like this is the best opportunity in the country right now, in collegiate mental health care, to provide a transformative experience and to help shape and shift the culture,” Patishnock said. “There’s a moment in time that we’re in, where student mental health is highly being prioritized, and I’ve witnessed that first hand — that Michigan State has invested tremendous financial resources, time and effort into getting this right, and to figuring out what is the best way to serve 50,000 students’ mental health.” Since June, CAPS expanded its services, redesigned the way students receive these services and helped create a campus-wide coalition of multiple student groups to address issues and raise mental health awareness. “I think they’re very cognizant of the fact that they had a bad reputation on campus,” Wiebrecht said. “Instead of what the administration has done in certain cases, which is to try to act like nothing’s wrong and move forward, they very much are owning that fact and talking about it. “Owning up to a problem or admitting there hasn’t been the best care doesn’t mean you’re not able to provide that care, it just means you’re

“Owning up to a problem or admitting there hasn’t been the best care doesn’t mean you’re not able to provide that care, it just means you’re cognizant of the fact you want to do better.” Colin Wiebrecht Social relations and policy senior


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In April, Patishnock was appointed director of CAPS by Interim President John Engler after a year-long search. Organized by a search committee made up of students, faculty and mental health professionals, Patishnock went through multiple public town halls as well as an open forum presentation. “It was very helpful to me as a candidate to actually learn what are the real issues, what are people asking,” Patishnock said. “What I walked away with was just how passionate and invested students are about mental health on this campus and that was very refreshing to me.” The president of the Mental Health Awareness Club, child development senior Alison Miner, attended a few of the town halls on behalf of her organization. “I wanted to see their point of view,” Miner said. “I thought it was important, especially for the future of CAPS and the future of mental health on Michigan State’s campus.”


Kelly Russell is the director of marketing for the MSU Student Health Advisory Council, a branch of campus student health services aiming to promote health education and awareness on campus. She remembers when a psychiatrist from CAPS came to their organization last year and spoke about how they were struggling to bring more psychiatrists on campus. “Our numbers don’t reflect the support we have,” Patishnock said. “We actually have support to hire lots of more people but it’s really important to hire the right kind of people.” In June, seven full-time health providers were hired and CAPS is in the process of hiring up to ten more. There are 19 full-time employees and the goal is to be in the high 20s by January. CAPS also expanded location-wise by opening a satellite office in the MSU Union. It became fully operational Oct. 1, as well as virtually through an app called “MySSP,” where students can chat or talk on the phone at any time with a licensed counselor. CAPS is also close to hiring two counselors to be placed in South and East neighborhoods. “The goal is to be able to expose CAPS clinicians to students who might not otherwise walk to a physical setting,” Patishnock said. “In expanding out to the university and expanding virtually with MySSP, we’re hoping to expand from the traditional model of students walking into the clinic — we’re trying to get to them. So whether it’s on their phone, in their residence hall or in the Union, our hope is that we continue to grow.” Counseling services and psychiatric services merged into one service located on the third floor of Olin Health Building. But, CAPS is still operating on two different medical record systems: One for the former Olin Psychiatry Clinic and one for the former MSU Counseling Center. Patishnock noticed this challenge right away, and said he is working to change it by integrating CAPS clinically and culturally, as well as establishing “collaborative care.” “The first challenge that I found myself in was to truly help fulfill the mission of the integration of CAPS as a new entity, as a new idea,” Patishnock said.

Media and information senior Olivia Hoover works on her laptop in the CAPS center Oct. 9, at Olin Health Center. PHOTO BY SYLVIA JARRUS.

CAPS also made sure students seekMEETING THE UNIQUE NEEDS ing out their services are assigned to OF EVERY STUDENT

One of Patishnock’s first initiatives as director was to form a “Student Mental Health Coalition.” He invited a large number of different student groups to their first — and so far only — meeting on Sept. 18 where they established goals of working together on campus mental health awareness initiatives, reducing stigma and promoting education and dialogue. “My goal was to actually design a model, design a center, design a system that really helps the entire university to play a role in the creation of holistic student mental health and wellness,” Patishnock said. Patishnock also hopes the coalition will be a way for him to receive feedback from the community on how CAPS can improve. “I really saw a lot of improvement already just by going to the Student Mental Health Coalition meeting,” Miner said. “He just seemed to be very interested and empathetic toward mental health.” CAPS also redesigned their clinical intake system. This is intended to decrease the time students spend in the center while waiting for their first appointment and to establish tailored screening appointments. Students are given paper forms with several different options on it, and CAPS responds clinically based on how these forms are filled out. “A lot of that comes from students sharing that they really want to spend less time in our waiting room,” Patishnock said. “They want to come in and see someone more tailored, and they want to tell their story to the same person. So we’ve designed a system to allow for that.” Students are also asked upfront if they’re in a crisis, and if they are, their forms are shorter so they can get help as soon as possible. They’re also asked if they want to talk to someone from the MSU Sexual Assault Program or from MSU Safe Place. If they mark yes, offices are in CAPS specifically for them to go to.


the appropriate clinician based on gender, race and other demographic factors, Patishnock said. Another new expectation is that if students want to follow up, it will be with the same clinician from their previous appointments. “Some people feel more comfortable speaking to a counselor that shares one of their identities,” Wiebrecht said. “You want to speak with someone who essentially understands or is going to be able to empathize a little bit more.”


CAPS aims to serve more students than ever before, Patishnock said. Before becoming the director, he said the utilization rate of counseling and psychiatric services was around five percent. The average for student mental health services provided by Big Ten universities is around 10 percent. In the past month, Patishnock ran a report which showed data from Aug. 20 to Oct. 1, revealing a 22 percent increase in students utilizing services. Unlike Wiebrecht, Director Russell turned to the university when seeking help for her mental health struggles. She participated in a walk-in appointment and spoke with a clinician immediately. “I hope we will make CAPS seem more approachable at MSU,” Russell said. “On college campuses, (we) as students are more likely to acknowledge when times are bad or when you’re struggling with a problem … but people are still very hesitant to seek help. Even I was. “I sit here and say I want to tell people that it’s OK, but even I still had a lot of hesitation about seeking help when I needed to. But because I was surrounded by this community, it made it less scary for me.”


Russell heard concerns about CAPS before

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using its services and said her personal experience was different than the negative things people said. “I think as a campus, there’s a curse over Olin and the Counseling and Psychiatric Services, where even if people have never been, just from word of mouth, they hear that it’s poor quality,” Russell said. “Sometimes people are afraid to go to these places.” Though Miner saw positive changes made to CAPS, she still thinks the reputation is the same from years ago. “Overall there’s still a negative perspective of CAPS,” Miner said. “A lot of students actually don’t know about CAPS still, however if they do know about CAPS I feel they have a negative perspective.” Wiebrecht said his opinion of CAPS changed, and unlike before, he feels comfortable with recommending students to use its services. Patishnock said it’s too soon to tell if the view of CAPS changed. “If we’re thinking about reputation, one of the things I heard was just students felt that they needed more support,” Patishnock said. Patishnock already published a small report on how CAPS is doing, and hopes to continue being transparent. These future reports will include data on utilization, demographics, what struggles students are facing and more. “I’m very public about that,” Patishnock said. “I think it’s very important to be transparent with students who are paying for our services through general funds, to help them understand what the picture has been.” As the year progresses, Patishnock said more changes will be made to CAPS. “My number one goal is to try to enhance the student experience, to make sure students get in here, they have reduced wait times, and that essentially they have a better experience than ever before,” Patishnock said.





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Column: Tillman, Goins, Ahrens all worthy of starting

Freshman forward Xavier Tillman (23) reaches for the ball during the second half of the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball quarterfinal game against Wisconsin on March 2, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO.


Football season may be in full effect, but basketball season is right around the corner. The Michigan State men’s basketball team has several returning key players in juniors Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford and Nick Ward, along with seniors Kenny Goins and Matt McQuaid. With the loss of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges to the NBA draft earlier this year, there are a number of questions being raised. Perhaps the biggest is: Who’s going to play power forward? “I think that (position) is the biggest question,” coach Tom Izzo said after his team’s first practice Sept. 26. “Whether we go real big with X (Xavier Tillman), or whether we go real small with Kenny (Goins).” Most of the starting lineup appears to be set, as Winston, McQuaid, Langford and Ward all seem to be locks going into the season. However, the Spartans will be attempting to replace a lot of production from the power forward spot. The top-two in the running figure to be sophomore Xavier Tillman and senior Kenny Goins, but according to Izzo, it’s still anybody’s job.


If Izzo opts to start Tillman, it would likely mean playing big and rolling with an old school playing style as last year’s team did. They led the nation in blocks (251), ranked seventh in rebounds per game (41.1) and tied for 19th in scoring defense. Tillman’s 6-foot-8, 260-pound frame would help solidify defense the interior defense and replace some of the production lost with Jackson, the 2017-18 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. However, Izzo has caught some flak in recent years for not adapting to the modern-day playing style, which consists of fast-scoring offenses fueled by quick, athletic players. Izzo lost to archrival University of Michigan in the two teams’ last three meetings and has failed to make it out of the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament every year since 2015. It’s not as if the Spartans have struggled offensively, however, as they ranked eighth in the country last year in field goal percentage (49.6 percent) and tied for top15 in three-point percentage (40 percent). Tillman may be the top man for the job, as he im-


pressed on both ends last season. Though he played just 8.7 minutes per game, he averaged 2.6 rebounds and totaled 23 blocks through 35 games. On the offensive end, Tillman proved to be an efficient scorer, shooting 65 percent from the floor to earn his 2.8 points per game.


Because of the pressure to keep up with up-tempo conference opponents such as U-M, Izzo may opt to go small to help boost athleticism. This would help replace some of the three-point production lost by Bridges and Jackson, who both shot over 36 percent from three during their time in East Lansing. The other option Izzo mentioned was Goins, who measures an inch shorter than Tillman at 6-foot-7. He also put up solid numbers last season, averaging just under 14 minutes per game and converting on 45.8 percent of his field goal opportunities. He also played well on defense, as he racked up 22 rejections. Another candidate in the running may be senior Kyle Ahrens, who did not play last season because of a nagging foot injury that kept him sidelined. “The other guy that has kind of been a lost guy is Kyle Ahrens,” Izzo said. “We’ve always loved his athletic ability; he’s got the highest vertical on the team. He’s finally healthy, and he’s shooting the ball like he always did.” Two seasons ago, the 6-foot-6 wing played in 34 games for the Spartans, averaging 2.6 points in 8.2 minutes per game. Ahrens also shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from long range.


Though Goins and Ahrens may not stack up as well against Tillman statistically, they do have him beat by a long shot in the experience category, which is something of great importance to Izzo. “We had four sophomores and a freshman that we started a lot,” Izzo said about his team last season. “I think that experience hurt us a little bit. In the big picture of things, we won a lot of games, but as I said, when you’re trying to win championships, experience helps.”



With cold and flu season in full swing, it’s important to make sure you keep yourself and those around you healthy. Here are a few tips to help keep illnesses at bay. GET A FLU SHOT Most people aren’t aware that there are several strains of flu each year, some of which prove to be fatal. A way to protect yourself from these strains is by getting vaccinated. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Flu vaccinations reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40 and 60 percent.” Timing is also crucial when getting vaccinated because it takes two weeks for it to set in. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October. Low-cost flu shots are available at Olin Health Center, Brody Hall, Holden Hall, Hubbard Hall, McDonel Hall and CVS pharmacies. WASH YOUR HANDS Hand-washing is the simplest way to stop the spread of illness. It stops the spread of germs into food, hard surfaces and to the eyes, nose and mouth. According to the CDC, hand-washing can prevent around 20 percent of respiratory infections. If your hands are already washed, it doesn’t hurt to use hand sanitizer as an extra defense.

as used tissues should always end up in the trash and try to avoid contact with clothing and any other items you know are contaminated.

TAKE VITAMIN C It’s been said the most common remedies for colds and flu is consuming mass amounts of vitamin C when you fall ill. However, a Harvard Medical QUARANTINE YOURSELF AND School study showed this proves YOUR BELONGINGS to be ineffective for most people. If you’re sick, stay home from It’s recommended that individuals school or work so you don’t eat five servings of fruit and infect others. This can prove to be vegetables each day to maintain difficult on a college campus since normal, healthy vitamin C levels. you’re constantly surrounded by people. If you have to go out, make sure to wear a surgical mask as a courtesy to those around you. Olin Health Center suggests keeping six feet between yourself and the sick person. Be sure not to share eating utensils, sheets or clothes in order to minimize the spread of illness.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF BEFORE YOU FALL ILL The only thing that can cure the flu is time. To save yourself from spending the time and money to recover, take care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep of night. Keep hydrated and make sure to eat a balanced diet.


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Study, socialize, sleep, repeat: How students handle all three BY ZIMO WANG ZWANG@STATENEWS.COM

SOCIALIZE, STUDY OR SLEEP. Students often feel the need to give up one in order to support the other two. This creates a negative impact on the human mind and body, according to MSU researchers. They recently conducted “the largest experimentally controlled study on sleep deprivation to date, revealing just how detrimental operating without sleep can be,” according to a press release. MSU Associate Professor Kimberly Fenn is the director of the MSU Sleep and Learning Lab. Her research focuses on finding reasons for human error involving sleep deprivation. “If you look at mistakes and accidents in surgery, public transportation and even operating nuclear power plants, lack of sleep is one of the primary reasons for human error,” Fenn said in the press release. MSU students talked about their struggles to find a balance between socializing, studying and sleeping. Some said they have regularly experienced sleep deprivation and its effects. Human biology junior Terri Bondon is taking 15 credits this semester. She said she gets about eight hours of sleep two times a week. “I get my best sleep Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Bondon said. Bondon has worked as a receptionist at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center for three years. During weeks where she had finals, she would stay up studying the whole night. “If I feel like it’s getting too overwhelming then I’ll just take a semester off,” Bondon said. “That’s a good thing about my job. If it’s too much, they’ll allow us to take a semester off and just come back in the spring.” Bondon said three of four times a week she would wake up but still feel tired. That led to her daydreaming in classes, but she tried not to fall asleep. “Probably because I snore, so that would be loud,” Bondon said. Bondon said she slept late a couple times this semester, meaning she’s missed some 8 a.m. classes. Business freshman Lizzie Kompus used to pull all-nighters, but not anymore. Now she tries her best to get a full eight hours of sleep most nights. “I get kind of cranky if I don’t get enough

Psychology and criminal justice senior Brianna Harris rests her head on a desk Oct. 10 at Berkey Hall. Balancing work, school and a social life is a challenge for many college students and often results in sleep deprivation. PHOTO BY SYLVIA JARRUS.



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sleep,” Kompus said. She said she learned the importance of sleep in her psychology class. “You want to get through a couple sleep cycles when you do go to sleep,” Kompus said. “I try my best to get through those sleep cycles.” In the press release, Fenn explained distractions humans face every day are unavoidable, but especially harmful to sleep-deprived people. “Operating with reduced cognitive capacity has wide-ranging effects,” Fenn said. “Students may pull all-nighters and not retain information for their exams. More worrisome, individuals working critical jobs may put

“If you look at mistakes and accidents in surgery, public transportation and even operating nuclear power plants, lack of sleep is one of the primary reasons for human error.” Kimberly Fenn Director of MSU Sleep and Learning Lab themselves and other members of society at risk because of sleep deprivation. It simply cannot be overlooked.” Sociology doctoral student Mark Suchyta said he lives an hour from campus, so he has to get up at 6 a.m. for classes. “I would say two out of every seven days, (I) actually get eight hours,” Suchyta said. “Usually what I do is most nights I get like six or seven (hours).” Suchyta used to stay up all night when he was a undergraduate student. Now he tries not to do that because he would feel terrible for days afterward. “I stopped doing all-nighters so I don’t stay up anymore,” Suchyta said. “I just try to remind myself that work’s not the only thing you do. You have friends to see, family to keep up with and you’ve got to take care of yourself.” Suchyta said he now realizes something he never thought of when he was younger: How important it is to manage other aspects of his life besides school and work. “I’m just realizing the importance of learning those skills,” he said. “I think people should try to pay more attention to that because I know it’s benefited me a lot.”

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