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DETROIT – Mason residents Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel have been together nine years. They always have considered themselves married, but on Wednesday, they hoped the state of Michigan also would recognize their bond. Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait a little bit longer. “We were completely devastated,” Chaney said. “We really felt that we were finally going to get the same freedom as everybody else and the same rights and (be) allowed to marry the person that we love.” And they aren’t the only ones waiting. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who are suing the state of Michigan for the right to marry and adopt one another’s children, didn’t receive the decision they were hoping for in Detroit on Wednesday afternoon. In fact, they didn’t receive a decision at all. Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage will stand, as Judge Bernard Friedman denied both the plantiffs’ and defendant’s motions for summary judgement at a hearing in federal court. Citing factual issues, Friedman set a trial date for Feb. 25. Friedman will issue a written opinion, but said he agreed with both sides. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Kristin Heyse spoke first for the defense, saying the decision should be left to Michigan voters, who have decided married parents of both sexes is the ideal model for raising children. “Disagreement f rom the plaintiffs does not make the amendment or adoption code irrational or unconstitutional,” Heyse said. “Democracy is great, you just ca n’t persec ute peo ple,” the plaintiffs’ attorney, Carole Stanyar, said in her counterargument. Stanyar also challenged the “ideal model.”

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police crack down during homecoming Campus police made a total of 39 arrests during last Saturday’s game, according to MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor. McGlothian-Taylor said 15 of the 39 arrests involved trespassing on Munn field. She said police often write citations or arrest tailgaters for trespassing when they are found with alcohol on the field, as it is considered an alcohol-free zone. The season’s other highest-ranking game, in terms of citations was Youngstown State on Sept. 14, with a total of 20 arrests. McGlothian-Taylor said the bulk of such citations usually involve minor in possession incidents.

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Public Comment Recent moves by student government have drawn scrutiny This is an awful waste of resources. People who want a bike already those who don’t want one, wont use this. I wish ASMSU would get over planned useshave of one, student tax dollars their act together and work on things that actually benefit students, not just a pet project. Time to petition WTFMSU to help us students abolish ASMSU - an institution that no longer stands to represent the people for which it stands and has become destructive of its own ends. ASMSU is really kind of a joke. Look at the voting participation in the election, or the massive amounts of money misspent, thus leading to the school takeover. I don’t know if this Student Union is a solution or not, but the student body is largely unrepresented in University Decisions. No, just no. Please end the madness that is ASMSU. ASMSU is garbage. 40 bikes for a thousand people? That’ll go well I’m sure... Shared transportation is definitely is worth looking into to help solve the crisis of overflowing bike racks near residence halls, particularly those near halls that house mostly first year students. Hopefully ASMSU can effectively implement this program. Can I have my $18 back? I’m so glad that ASMSU is using our tax dollars so well! Once again they’re acting like a bunch of idiots. I mean a campaign for fixing things on campus and you advertise with graffiti? How do they not expect that to blow up in their face. Honestly they should be lucky they didn’t face more legal actions. What To Fix? End ASMSU permanently. We gave ‘em another chance, they blew it. In true fashion, ASMSU is willing to use funds from MSU students to pay for the removal of the paint from their acts of vandalism rather than performing the clean up work themselves. Says it all. Abolish ASMSU. ASMSU is done. Way to ‘represent my voice’ and defile our beautiful campus with vandalism. And with my money, no less! illustr ation by isabel calder | sn

Through comments on ASMSU-related articles on, MSU community members have voiced their displeasure with some of the group’s policies and practices.

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or a while, ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, flew under the radar for a lot of students.

“I think the best government is the one that goes unnoticed,” said ASMSU President Evan Martinak. But lately, ASMSU has been anything but under the radar, drawing more attention than before for various initiatives that have spurred criticism and scrutiny from students. ASMSU is proof the phrase, “all publicity is good publicity,” isn’t always accurate. The undergraduate student government recently has started turning more heads, especially after a controversial campaign involving the appearance of sidewalk logos across campus that stirred intrigue and brought up potential safety concerns. Although the student government now has its accounts

controlled by university administrators, the organization has fielded an onslaught of accusations related to wasteful usage of student tax dollars. WTF MSU ASMSU drew some negative attention through a viral marketing campaign earlier this fall semester, entitled “What to Fix? MSU,” better known as “WTF MSU.” It received scrutiny because of its chalk-paint logos across campus sidewalks. The campaign even caught the eye of the MSU police. “MSU police became aware of the campaign and several concerns from people in the MSU community, prompt-

ing an investigation,” said Sgt. Florence McGlothian-Taylor. “While no direct complaints were made to MSU Police, investigators uncovered several concerns posted on social media.”

ASMSU officials say some recent programs have been successful despite negative feedback from students Student government officials assured the police and the university the campaign is meant to better student life on campus and does not cause any threat to campus safety. The campaign launched Oct. 1 and still is ongoing.

ASMSU spokesman Matt Franks said the campaign has been effective so far. The campaign’s Twitter page has a little more than 1,000 followers, and the Facebook page has about 350 likes. McGlothian-Taylor said investigations now are closed after officials found there was no intended vandalism, nor any threat associated with the campaign toward on-campus safety. Franks added the student government offered to pay for any clean-up costs associated with the campaign. He said all the WTF MSU logos around campus were applied with washable See STUDENT GOV’T on page 2 u

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MSU researchers working to tackle breast cancer By Justine McGuire THE STATE NEWS nn

Although October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a team of MSU researchers is acutely aware of it all year long. Many MSU faculty and students dedicate their time to finding new treatments and preventative measures for breast cancer, and their findings could be impactful in the future. Sandra Haslam, professor of physiology and director of the Breast Cancer and the

Chandler Crossings. Journalism junior Matt Ward said he and his roommates, along with a few friends, were in his apartment when an unknown man walked through their door and pointed a gun at them. “He took one of our roommates around our apartment to look for things to steal or take,” Ward said. The suspect took several electronics, including an Xbox, a phone, an iPod and a laptop. Ward said the suspect then ran out the door and the roommates alerted authorities. Police confirmed a burglary took place Tuesday night, but could not confirm further details. Officers were stationed outside the building Tuesday night, searching the area and speaking with local residents. The incident remains under investigation and there were no injuries, police said. Katie Abdilla

“We are trying to identify treatments that work better and are less toxic and have a lower rate of resistance.” Susan Conrad, MSU professor studying breast cancer

Environment Research Center is working with Richard Schwartz, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, to find ways to prevent cancer by looking at the effects of diet during puberty They’ve found that a diet high in animal fat during puberty can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. “It doesn’t have to do with weight gain,” Haslam said.

“Without an increase in body weight, we still saw an increase in breast cancer risk.” Schwartz said there are many more people who eat high fat than gain weight, meaning this could apply to a large segment of the population. “It may be wise for adolescent women to avoid such a diet,” he said. The research started in 2002,

but since 2010 the pair has worked to explain why this type of diet increases risk and how to best express their findings to the public. “I feel very positive about focusing on prevention,” Haslam said. “As much as we try to improve therapy, we really need to move on to prevention.” Treating resistant patients Patients with estrogen receptor-positive, or ER, breast cancer tumors are treated with therapies that target the receptor, but they’re not effective for everyone. About 60-80 percent of breast cancer is ER positive.

Susan Conrad, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has worked for about five years to find an alternative treatment for those people, she said. “We are trying to identify treatments that work better and are less toxic and have a lower rate of resistance,” she said. W hen a cancer patient with ER-positive tumors stops responding to hormone treatments, there are no good options for them besides chemotherapy, Conrad said. When people relapse and their tumors are ER-

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MSU Museum kicks off National Fossil Day Geological sciences junior Carly Scott points to the parts of a dinosaur fossil on Wednesday at the MSU Museum. The museum was hosting educational activities for National Fossil Day. — Georgina De Moya, SN See SCIENCE on page 3

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Police Brief Fire breaks out in Ag. Engineering A fire occurred between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Agricultural Engineering Building, according to MSU police. A large plastic recycling dumpster caught on fire near the building, damaging nearby windows, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. There was no estimated damage to the building and no reported injuries. KATIE ABDILLA e n te r tai n me n t b l o g

2013 BET Awards bring spectacle Tuesday’s 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, filled with performances and the return of hip-hop legends and lyrically charged cyphers were enough to satisfy the insatiable hip-hop junkie. Opening the show with flames, confetti and a thick layer of smoke, rapper Meek Mill’s decorated entrance set the stage for Hosting the show was Snoop Lion, the predominately reggae artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. Snoop generated several chortle-worthy moments including a sit-down with comedian Kevin Hart, who turned into spoof rapper Chocolate Drop. ARIEL ELLIS

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“This is irrational because no other adult parent in Michigan is subject to a competency test,” she said. “The law makes it difficult for children to understand the integrity of their own families.”

MSU students have a stake in the case’s potential effects, university experts noted Wednesday As arguments were heard in Detroit, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum’s office was ready to prepare marriage licenses. She said 13 couples had contacted her about marriage. “I think people are ready for Michigan to accept all people,” Byrum said. “All loving people should have the opportunity to marry.” By rum was willing to issue the licenses despite an order sent earlier that day from Michigan Deputy Chief


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positive for a second time, the same treatments won’t work. She said it’s difficult to know how long it would take for a new treatment to be approved for human use once it’s found. Stopping the spread The spread of breast cancer to other organs plays an integral role in survival rates: Of people whose cancer spreads, about 30 percent survive, whereas 90 percent survive if the cancer remains concentrated in one area.

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Attorney General Carol Isaacs, ordering clerks not to issue licenses to same-sex couples. “The short answer is that until the matter reaches the final disposition on appeal from any adverse order, you are forbidden by Michigan law from issuing a marriage license to same-sex couples during the pendency of the appeal,” Isaac said in a statement. Although, Isaac conceded at the letter’s conclusion, the government was bound to follow the eventual ruling. “When the decision is final, and all arguments are finished, all the citizens of the state will be bound to follow the decision, whatever its outcome,” Isaacs said. Deanna Hurlbert, director of MSU’s LBGT Resource Center, said all students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have a stake in the ruling’s potentially far-reaching effects. “A nyone would like the future potential of having their relationship … And their family acknowledged in the eyes of the law and the state has something to gain,” Hurlbert said. Hurlbert said the delay in ruling on the ban has left families in limbo. “The validity of their families is being put into the hands of others,” Hurlbert said. “People are waiting to have their humanity validated, legally. And that’s not insignificant.”

MSU researchers are working to find ways to stop the spread of cancer. Daniel Hollern, a cell and molecular biology doctoral student, is studying E2s transcription factors, or E2s, which regulate gene expression. In his research, he found the gene expression changes controlled by E2s can promote the spread of cancer.

Research also is focused on stopping the spread of cancer by blocking certain protein signals related to the disease “If we can understand the mechanism, hopefully, there will be a target that we can use to treat breast cancer patients to block spreading and increase survival,” Hollern said. He said he’s hopeful that he’ll find the mechanism in the next year. The next step will be finding or creating a drug to target it. Chotirat Rattanasinchai, a cell and molecular biology doctoral student, is working toward the same goal as Hollern, but in a different way. Her work is focused on the protein signaling network’s control of cancer cells’ ability to move throughout the body and whether disrupting the signal could prevent them from moving. Rattanasinchai said the inhibitor she’s working with to disrupt the protein network signals could be developed as a treatment to prevent the spread of cancer cells in breast cancer and potentially other cancers.

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chalk-paint and already are starting to wear off. Despite this, university spokesman Jason Cody said there still were clean-up costs associated with the campaign. “The initial estimate was about $1,500, but our folks at Infrastructure Planning and Facilities are still determining final costs as they continue cleaning up some areas of graffiti,” Cody said. The student government’s involvement in the campaign was as much a surprise for some ASMSU representatives as it was for students. “The (general assembly) didn’t get to vote on this campaign,” said Evan Schrage, ASMSU representative and political science sophomore. Franks said the general assembly does not get to vote on all marketing initiatives. Bike sharing program The ASMSU finance committee voted Sept. 26 to allocate $60,000 for a bike share pilot program, which has sparked some negative discussion among students. Michael Mozina, ASMSU vice president for finance and operations, said the program would help reduce the number of bikes on campus. “The general student population needs to realize … we are trying to create the idea of a bike sharing community,” Mozina said. ASMSU’s bike share program membership would cost students $50 a year, compared to $90 per semester when renting from the MSU Bike Center. In addition to the rental fee, students have to pay a $250 or $350 refundable deposit, depending on the type of bike rented. Before putting the pilot program to a vote by the general assembly, ASMSU officials will create a presentation detailing the bike sharing program for the representatives. Representatives then would present the program in front of their constituents in a forum. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon previously told The State News the university is struggling to add and maintain bike paths because of funding issues. “The initial idea behind the program is fixing a problem,” Mozina said, adding the goal would be limiting the number of bikes on campus by providing the MSU community with a service they can share.

“I don’t think the plan ASMSU proposed is the best for (MSU), economically and logistically.” Travis Lunsford, MSU student

While a lot of students support the idea of a bike sharing program, some have concerns about the program their student government is working to pass. Several public comments at the last ASMSU general assembly meeting on Oct. 3 focused on what some say are high costs associated with the project. “I don’t think the plan ASMSU proposed is the best for (MSU), economically and logistically,” said Travis Lunsford, director of racial, ethnic and progressive affairs for MSU’s Residence Halls Association. Lunsford said providing 40 bikes for 1,000 members for the pilot program is not a practical implementation. The pilot program only has 40 bikes so it can test the usage, Mozina said, adding the student government would adapt and expand from there. Martinak said once all 1,000 memberships are sold, ASMSU would work to get more bikes as soon as possible. The amount of money includes all maintenance, technology and services that would come with each of the bikes. “Students don’t assume any of the risk,” Mozina said, adding that Zagster, the bike sharing company ASMSU would work with, takes full responsibility for the bikes. Mozina said the bike sharing program would be more sustainable than leasing a bike through the MSU Bike Center, since the center essentially creates a one bike-perstudent model, leading to an increase of bikes on campus. ASMSU vs. MSU Students United ASMSU’s recent transition to a university department made some students skeptical about the extent to which the student government can fight

for student rights. This led to the formation of MSU Students United, an independent student union aimed at representing students’ demands. Since its formation this fall, the group has started petitioning for a tuition freeze, and so far has around 1,000 signatures on the petition, said Duncan Tarr, a group organizer and jazz studies sophomore. The student union’s goal is to get 5,000 signatures on the petition in order for the administration to acknowledge a serious conversation is needed. Tarr said the new student union wants to force the university to comply with students’ demands by pressuring them through numbers. “It’s hard for ASMSU to get something like (the petition) done since the university is putting so much regulation on them,” Tarr said. Martinak said he is not concerned about any potential competition from the new student union, since ASMSU has an established history and is officially tied to the university. ASMSU and MSU Students United recently met up to cowrite a resolution advocating for a tuition freeze starting for the 2014-15 academic year. On Oct. 10, the ASMSU policy committee approved the resolution. “This is merely saying that as ASMSU, we see that (tuition) is an important issue,” said ASMSU representative and environmental and plant biology senior Mitch Treadwell. “We want to further investigate the issue and do what is best.” ASMSU Vice President for Governmental Affairs Jessica Leacher, a member of The State News Board of Directors, said Martinak’s office is researching the best way to go forward with the petition, adding that examining the issue is critical.

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East Lansing resident Helen Hagens and group mediator Rick D’Alesandro put building blocks in possible future structure areas Wednesday at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.


SU assistant professor Joanna Bosse has lived in many university towns, but said she’s experienced the most animosity between students and residents during her time in East Lansing. By running for the East Lansing City Council this fall, she hopes to use her experience interacting with both constituencies to help bridge the gap between

town and gown.

Bosse teaches music classes related to culture at the university. She has been teaching at MSU for six years after teaching at other universities across the country. Born in Findlay, Ohio, Bosse received her bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in Western New York. She later attended MSU and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to obtain her master’s and doctorate. Bosse recently sat down with The State News to discuss her candidacy. –Geoff Preston, SN Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final installment of a semi-weekly series profiling East Lansing City Council candidates prior to the Nov. 5 election. SN: What are your plans for the Park District project? JB: “I’m interested in thinking about the process. I’m very supportive of an inclusive process that gathers input. I think it is an exciting project; I think it could be a signature project for East Lansing. I like the charrette process for getting as many voices involved as possible. That’s what I’m most interested in.” SN: What do you envision for the bar scene downtown? JB: “I think we need to send a very clear message to restauranteurs and entrepreneurs that East Lansing is a great place to do business. We could be the best place in the nation to do business. I think we need to ensure that our down-

town is a vibrant hub for students, but also for young adults and professionals. I think that means we need to have great places to eat and drink, not just for students but for all walks of life.” SN: What are some of the main problems you see with the city? JB: “I think a really important thing we need to consider right now is the affordability of living in East Lansing. East Lansing taxes are high for the nation, not just the region. I’ve seen a number of small families, once they have two kids, buy a house that will hold them, but it becomes too expensive in terms of real estate taxes, so they move to Okemos or neighboring towns where they can get twice the house for half the taxes.” SN: What ways do you hope to bridge the gap between the city of East Lansing and MSU students?


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JB: “I think being committed to that partnership is an essential piece. I don’t think we are all committed to doing that yet. I spend my life in that gap. I am a faculty member who has committed my life to students, but I also live two blocks from campus and two houses away from a rental. I live my life in that zone between university students and residents. ... I think I’m invested in the idea of collaboration between the city and MSU students. I think we need to embrace MSU as an economic engine and students as an important part of our community. I think we need to work with MSU students and get them to know East Lansing residents. I’ve lived in a number of college towns, and I’ve never lived in one with this kind of animosity between the constituencies. So I’ve seen it work, and I think it can work.”

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A change of venue and an influx of student attendees characterized the second of three community meetings about a project that could change the face of East Lansing’s downtown. The second public meeting regarding the Park District project, also known as a charrette, took place at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Wednesday. The project is a massive overhaul of the former City Center II site, which many council members and the project’s developer, DTN Management Co., hope will be a mixed-use complex filled with retail, dining and hotel options. The goal of the second meeting was for residents to visually imagine the Park District. Residents and students were given building blocks to make a 3-D plan of how they wanted the space to look.

DTN Vice President Colin Cronin estimated that more than 100 people came to the art museum on Wednesday — about twice as many people as the first public meeting. He also said he noticed there was a higher student showing than there was at the first meeting, held Sept. 30 at the Marriott at University Place. C r on i n at t r i bute d t h i s increase to a meeting DTN held with students in early October to gauge ideas and plans from the student population. “It’s a good tie-in to work with them (the students) and work with their classes. It’s very positive for student input,” he said. Landscape architecture junior Julie Gunther said she believes the student voice is being heard by DTN, but feels it could be lost to the needs of the permanent residents. “This spot, I feel, will really mostly be used by students. At this charrette (the permanent residents) are focusing so

much on parking spaces and roadways instead of pedestrian paths, because most students will be walking,” she said. Community Relations Coalition intern and urban planning and economics senior Conor Ott said student participation at events like the charrette is important. “During the school year, almost half the population of East Lansing is students. Most of us live off campus, so we’re members of the community, and we need to have our input (heard),” he said. Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said this meeting was especially important for the city and DTN because it incorporated the design element of the process. “People are deciding where they want to see particular elements from a physical standpoint, where they might want that laid out,” he said. “It really drills down the specifics of the design.”

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MSU Museum celebrates National Fossil Day By Casey Holland The State News nn

To promote appreciation of animals cemented in rock and preserved in time, the MSU Museum kicked off a series of activities in honor of National Fossil Day to appeal to all ages and dinosaur enthusiasts. Wednesday marked the annual National Fossil Day celebration, which focuses on educating the public about ancient plants and animals preserved naturally through fossilization. To commemorate the occasion, MSU Museum officials began a series of fossil-themed events, set to continue at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Attendees were taken on tours of the museum’s Hall of Evolution and later were able to stop by the carts of various fossils. Carts were set up in the basement and on the second floor and were managed by students of the Evolutionary Paleobiology course in the Department of Geological Sciences. “The basement cart has more of the invertebrate and mammal fossils, like the mammoth,” geological sciences junior Carly Scott said, lifting various fossils as she named them. “I really enjoy teaching people about these fossils. It’s fascinating to me that you can look at these bones and teeth and tell what

the different species are.” Various dinosaur bones were scattered across the table on the top floor. Visitors could observe a razor-sharp, curved velociraptor claw, fossilized dinosaur skin and a fossilized theropod egg. On Sunday, tours of the Hall of Evolution again will be led by students of the Evolutionary Paleobiology course, who also will give guests a chance to enjoy hands-on interaction with the fossils during a fossil dig. “Today was a little slower,” Scott said. “Sunday, there will be a lot more time and a lot more activities.” There will be a Junior Paleontologist Scavenger Hunt, featuring clues hidden throughout the museum for the children to find. These junior paleontologists will have an opportunity to participate in a dig, sifting through the sand to discover ancient fossils. Visitors will be able to take home their own Fossil Day souvenirs as the event comes to a close. Children are invited to participate in the “Make a Fossil” activity, where they will be provided with clay to craft their own unique fossil. “I strongly encourage people to come by on Sunday,” Scott said. “There will be activities for the kids, and there will be things for older guests, too. The Evolutionary Paleobiology class will answer questions from any-


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Zoology seniors Brett Jensen and Kelsey Fenner sit inside the dinosaur room Wednesday at the MSU Museum. The museum will host educational activities for National Fossil Day.

one who has an interest in the fossils.” Sunday’s National Fossil Day

celebration will be free for everyone to attend. Visit the museum’s website for more information.


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bought my first can of Mace last Monday. It was nonchalant enough, going to the nearest hardware store and finding the little pink bottle beneath the chewing gum that lined the shelves before the register. Before then, I never felt like I needed protection. Before then, I never walked with my keys between my fingers, ready to use them as weapons if need be. Before then, I wasn’t uneasy every time a member of the opposite sex walked past me on the street. I hadn’t researched self-defense. I didn’t yet know that the elbow is the strongest part of the body and should be used in case of an attack. But the headlines and reports of sexual harassment are more and more frequent. First the trial of Oswald Scott Wilder and then another reported attack in the stairwell of the Chemistry Building. After reading these series of stories in my eight short weeks here at MSU, I’m worried. Sexual assault isn’t just being committed by crack addicts in dark alleyways. It’s happening in lit stairwells inside the buildings of our university — stairwells I thought were safe. These unnerving reports have taken my trust, my naivety. My innocent assumption that there

are no “bad” people in the world — that rap- was ment ioned, ists, kidnappers and sexual assailants only exist- this group seemed — Micaela Colonna, State News staff reporter ed within the 60 minutes of the nighttime news to almost burst out in giggles. I’m not sure if shows my mom watched. Read the rest online at But somehow, they have managed to climb out it was from nervousness, of the television, confident enough to assault a immaturity or a combinawoman in the stairwell of the Chemistry Build- tion of the two. I couldn’t help ing, as police reports show. but think that maybe I bought my first can of Mace last these snickers, giggles and Monday, and I felt myself choking up staff reporter wry smiles were part of the obvious because I didn’t feel safe for the first sexual harassment problem this camtime in my sheltered life. I’ll admit that. I understand not all students will take the workpus faces. By not taking the workshop I came from a small town where I could seriously, this group of students rein- shop seriously and some might not even attend walk the streets past 9 p.m. and feel forced the incorrect idea that the sub- — but for the sake of educating and protecting secure. And now I feel like I need to be ject matter was unimportant. on high alert to stay safe. yourself as well as those around you, I strongly That group didn’t seem to care that encourage you to do so. This idea was reinforced when I one in four women will experience attended the Sexual Assault and RelaOne phrase I heard multiple times throughout olivia dimmer sexual harassment on campus, or the workshop still remains stuck in my mind. It tionship Violence Prevention Program (SARV) workshop, required for that one in seven men report expe- went something like: “Sexual assault is not just riencing it, too. They didn’t seem to something we can hire more police officers to all first-year students. The workshop, I thought, was extremely helpful in laying out def- understand only 26 percent of sexual assaults are stop. It happens all over, in our most intimate initions, scenarios and giving students solutions committed by a stranger, with an overwhelm- spaces. In dorm rooms, hallways, at parties. The ing number of cases showing the perpetrator as only way we can stop it is by looking out for one to potential sexual assault situations. One thing that shook me, however, were the someone the victim knew. another. Sexual harassment and assault is not They simply munched on snacks they swiped just a women’s issue. It’s a people issue.” blatant snickers and joking that came from a group of young men clustered in the back of from the cafeteria, chatted and signed their names Olivia Dimmer is a State News staff reporter. the room. Each time anything about rape or sex to get credit for going. Reach her at

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think twice before midnight snack The MSU Food and Nutrition Association examines misunderstandings behind the common belief

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yet to determine what role time an calories tell time? plays in weight gain, metabolYou might wonder ically speaking, there are oththis while reacher factors that connect eating for that nighting later in the day to increased body weight — not eatly bag of chips. Does the fact ing enough calories throughthat the clock reads past midout the day, for example. night make any difference in A college student’s day revolves around classes, work, how our bodies react to calostudy and social life, which ries in comparison to ones conmight serve as justification sumed earlier in the day? for a missed meal. If food and snacks are not consumed every Many students commonthree to four hours, feeling famly believe food eaten earished can lead to binge eatly in the day is burned off, but ing. More times than not, this if eaten soon before bedtime binge eating involves snacks causes weight gain. Even varof a certain junk-food qualiious health and diet articles ty rather than healthy food. instruct on fasting after a givMindless eating is another culen time, such as 8 or 9 p.m. prit to weight gain, whether it is The quote, “eat breakfast like done during the day or night. a king, eat lunch like a prince Too often eating late at night and eat dinner like a pauper,” is done thoughtlessly, either popularized by nutrition while studying or lookwriter Adelle Davis ing at a screen. Starin the ‘60s, was ing into the abyss held as a force The MSU Food and of the screen as of insight into Nutrition Association is a we snack on nutritionpre-professional club second helpal knowlcomposed primarily of ings can lead edge. Yet dietetic stud ents and food to overeating what held and nutritional science and eventutrue decades majors. al weight gain. ago does Joann Bahri and Stephanie Food and not carry the Send contributed to this drink to fuel same weight column. late-night studnow. Sciies is universal ence, specificalon any college camly in the field of pus. Some think it is nutrition, changes as a strategy to avoid succumbwe acquire new knowledge. ing to sleep and staying alert. After evaluating several “At night, I see students pursources of scientific evidence, chase a lot of pre-packaged it appears this myth comes to food,” said Hanna Porterfield, a crossroads. Research exists an advertising senior and stuthat both supports and refutes dent employee at Sparty’s Conthe idea that nighttime eatvenience Store. “We rarely sell ing can cause weight gain. yogurt, fruit, juice or sandwichPublished studies from the es. We sell a lot of large bags British Journal of Nutrition, of chips and candy bars. There Obesity Reviews and the New definitely is an increase in our York Obesity Research Center sales of ‘junk’ food at night.” report weight gain with lateIt is evident the quesnight eating. In contrast, studtion of whether to eat or ies from the Oregon Health not to eat late at night must and Science University conremain unanswered until furcluded that as long as the day’s ther studies are performed. caloric intake is within optiIn the end, late-night eating is mal range to maintain body not too bad as long as it is done weight, time would not play both mindfully and healthfully. a factor — at least for monA way to prevent the scenarkeys used in the research. io of the starvation eat-all-inHow a person’s body uniquesight psychosis is to eat porly respond to disrupted circadition-controlled meals and an rhythms — ebbs and flows snacks every three to four in the body’s function durhours throughout the day. ing the course of a day — could Another good tip is to avoid also affect potential weight gain “snack-multitasking.” Whethfrom late-night munching. er snacking in front of the At least for now, the answer television, computer screen to the late-night eating weight or during studying, overgain myth is undecided. More eating is bound to occur. research needs to be done Try to eat or snack only when before any assumption can you are fully aware of your be deemed fact, so don’t woractions. Learn to judge fullry too much if you can’t resist ness based on body cues, ratha peanut butter and jelly sander than the bottom of that wich after a late shift at work. delicious bag of chips. Although current science has

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“Why does the State News imply that minorities apply to MSU and, if they don’t get accepted, sit at home the rest of their lives? Other colleges exist which they may be better qualified for. MSU might give you the experience and credentials of a large university but it is not the only choice. Those who could not get in without affirmative action may find a smaller college better aligned with both their academic and socio-economic status.”

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Prenursing freshman Madison Schweikhart spends two evenings a week surrounded by books and helping a 7-year-old student with reading, writing and comprehension. “I like working with kids, even though it is not related to my major,� Schweikhart said. “I thought this was a really cool opportunity to get involved.� THE STATE NEWS nn

There are more than 100 student volunteers are in MSU’s Read to SUCCEED volunteer and for-credit program Schweikhart is one of more than 100 volunteers in MSU’s Read to SUCCEED program, under the Capital Area Literacy Coalition designed to help in-need students improve word recognition, reading comprehension and writing skills. MSU College of Education professor Lois Bader created the program in 1984 after she noticed a student need for help with reading and writing. “The children needed more than the school could offer,� former special education teacher in Lansing and Read to SUCCEED coordinator Patricia Williams said. Teaching sites include elementary schools in Lansing, East Lansing and at the Capital Area District Library, in Lansing. Site coordinator Sheila Dunnigan said the program accepts students of all majors, but every potential tutor has to

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Advertising sophomore Emma Shaw helps Lansing resident Amyla Castillo, 6, with reading Tuesday at the Capital Area District Library, in Lansing.

“It was interesting thinking about teaching someone how to read again and sounding our each letter and word.� Madison Schweikhart, prenursing freshman

are confident because what they need to accomplish is very specific. “A lot of the time, our tutors do feel confident and have direction as to what to do,� Dunnigan said. Sc hwei k ha r t said when going through the tutor training she enjoyed learning different ways to teach children. “It was interesting thinking about teaching someone how to read again and sound-

go through five hours of training before interacting with the children. “We teach them to divide their evening into about 15 minutes of reading, writing and working on key words and breaking things apart,� Dunnigan said. “They are trained on all different approaches for how to teach all things as far as reading and writing.� Dunnigan said when the tutors finish training, they

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don’t you start your own company?’ and I said ‘No I will never start my own dance company’ — But I had to do it, destiny gave me this chance and I decided to start the company step by step.� Botelho said BFB grew from just 16 people to more than 60, along with a dance school, theater in Bahia, Brazil and daily performances Monday through Saturday. This year’s tour, containing a 34-member troupe, will incorporate dances that tell a story, Botelho said. “I always say it’s a kind of opera,� Botelho said. “It has dance, it has costumes, it has music, live singing, it has drama, but what makes the show is the dancing. We have powerful dancing that I know everyone will enjoy.� Botelho said he’s looking forward to his time in the U.S., and the appreciation Americans show for dance. “The audience in the U.S. is fantastic,� Botelho said. “Adulation is very present in the American people, and when we are on stage, we can feel it. All the different movements and things that we do strikes a response, and if you like it, you clap your hands.�

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ing out each letter and word,� Schweikhart said. “When you are a college student, you just read big words and don’t think about it, and now it’s going back to first-grade level.� When it comes to MSU student tutors, Dunnigan said they can either use the program for one credit or volunteer hours. Schweikhart said she heard about the program through a professor and wanted to accumulate volunteer hours. “I wanted to add something because I wasn’t doing much this semester yet,� Schweikhart said. “This is my break of the day and I like doing this. It’s fun.�

Known for its high-energy dancing, frenzied drumming and powerful performance, BalĂŠ FolclĂłrico da Bahia will bring the vibrancy of the Bahian culture to the Wharton Center Oct. 27. As the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, BalĂŠ FolclĂłrico da Bahia, or BFB, performs Bahian folkloric dances of African origin including slave dances, capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art form, samba and dances celebrating Carnival. Starting a classical dance career when he was 12, Walson Botelho, director and cofounder of BFB, said he first was introduced to Bahian dancing when he was about 16. For Botelho, it was unlike anything he had seen before. “It was a surprise for me the first time I saw my own culture, the Bahian culture, dance,â€? Botelho said. “When I saw that for the first time I said, ‘Woah, this is my soul, this is my culture and I want to do this instead of classical dancing.’â€? After traveling the world with the well-known Bahian folk group Viva Bahia for six years, Botelho was faced with the decision to go back to classical dancing after the group broke up, but decided to go in another direction. “I knew I had to do something more,â€? Botelho said. “People kept asking me, ‘Why

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unior back Jenni Smith, who was honored as Co-Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday, was a key member of a stifling field hockey defense last weekend that held Michigan to two points and Ball State to zero. However, her accomplishment might have more to do with last weekend’s offensive performance. Smith scored a team-high two goals in the 3-2 double-overtime win over Michigan last Friday. ­— Omari Sankofa, The State News

men’s soccer

Quick and easy: MSU bests Oakland, 3-0 From left, senior defender Kevin Cope, junior forward Tim Kreutz, junior forward Adam Montague and junior defender Ryan Keener celebrate after a goal is scored by sophomore midfielder Jay Chapman during the game against Oakland Wednesday at DeMartin Soccer Stadium at Old College Field. MSU won, 3-0. Danyelle Morrow/The State News For a recap of MSU’s victory over Oakland, visit

Dantonio: cook could be a ‘100-yard rusher’ By Dillon Davis

Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook throws the ball during the game against Indiana Saturday. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers, 42-28. THE STATE NEWS nn

The moment he uttered the remark, it would have been easy to see it as a slip of the tongue. And realistically, how else could it be interpreted? Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook, a 100-yard rusher? Since slotting the Hinckley, Ohio, native into the starting quarterback role, head coach Mark Dantonio consistently has praised Cook’s speed and scrambling ability, even taking it a step further this week by saying Cook has the ability to rush for 100 yards in a game after Saturday’s win against Indiana and again Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “Connor can create and become a 100‑yard rusher, much like some other quarterbacks, whether it’s running for 30 or 40 yards or scrambling three times for 20 or something of that nature as it naturally occurs,” Dantonio told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t think we’re going to run him 18 times a game … I do think there is a physicality with him, with his size and his speed, that when he does understand what he’s got, he’ll use it more effectively.” It was an interesting comment coming from Dantonio, who has not had a quarterback rush for 100 yards during his entire tenure at MSU. Drew Stanton was the last Spartan quarterback to top the century mark on the ground — a feat he accomplished three times during his intercollegiate career,

Seconds it took for the men’s soccer team to score the first goal in a 3-0 win over Oakland.

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with the last such occurrence coming against Pittsburgh in September 2006. Since Stanton’s departure, most of the starting quarterbacks who have succeeded him — most notably, Brian Hoyer, Kirk Cousins and Andrew Maxwell — have been tabbed as “pocket passers,” known for their ability to create plays in the air while letting running backs get the carries. But after seeing Cook throw for 200 yards in three of the past four games, while completing nearly 58 percent of his passes this season, it appears there’s a facet of Cook’s game that remains unexplored. Known for running the ball as well as passing at Walsh

Jesuit High School, Cook said he understands Dantonio’s comment but is going to take what the defense gives him, only looking to scramble when the time calls for it. “When they call the running plays for me, I’m going to do my best to get as many yards as I can,” Cook said. “Maybe he’s probably thinking I can be a 100-yard rusher when the play breaks down and if I can scramble and keep my eyes downfield and get yards on a passing play.” T he prevalence of dualthreat quarterbacks has been growing in college football with names that have revolutionized the position in the past, such as Nebraska’s Tom-

mie Frazier, Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick, Florida’s Tim Tebow and, more recently, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. While it’s unclear if Cook will rank among these other quarterbacks when his career ends, the prospect of having a dual-threat option to lean on is a breath of fresh air for the Spartans. Remembering when Cook first joined the program in 2011, junior running back Jeremy Langford said the team saw potential for success.

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