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reen roofs on MSU’s campus might be hidden from sight to the average passerby, but they are gaining ground in the eyes of horticulture professors and students alike. A green roof, also called a living roof, is a rooftop farming operation that aims to replace the plant life that was removed for the construction of a building. The seven green roofs on campus feature a wide variety of plant life, including from the tomatoes and melons that grow on Bailey Hall to shrubs and Sedum, a relatively low-maintenance flower that is commonly used on many green roofs. Horticulture professor Brad Rowe spearheaded green
wilder will go right to trial The man who admitted to committing four sexual assaults in East Lansing earlier this year will go directly to trial, according to his attorney. Oswald Scott Wilder, 26, was Wilder expected to appear for his pretrial Monday afternoon in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. Because of court scheduling conflicts, Wilder will not appear until his trial, defense attorney Paul Toman said. The trial has not yet been scheduled. When he was arrested in August, the Vernon, Mich., resident detailed four sexual assaults he inflicted on MSU students between
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roof research at MSU, and the growing number of green roofs on campus are largely a result of his research. As the university recognized Campus Sustainability Week last week, green roofs and other environmentally friendly initiatives were at the forefront of campus activities, including a tour of green roof facilities. Green roofing, past and present Rowe first began his extensive research of green roofs back in 2000, when he began consulting with the Ford Motor Company on the best methods to use when installing a green roof on a Dearborn, Mich., assembly plant. In consulting with the company, Rowe and his colleagues had to test methods of green
March 30 and May 16 in a handwritten confession. The attacks fueled fear among some area residents during the summer. In the same confession to police, Wilder admitted to using crack cocaine prior to at least three of the four assaults. He also said that sexual fantasy abuse videos fueled the attacks. Surveillance video footage taken from a local Meijer showed Wilder stalking one of his victims prior to the assault. Wilder faced testimony from all four victims at a preliminary exam in September. None of the four victims could identify Wilder based on appearance, something likely to be a key component of the defense’s case. Wilder has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two
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roof growing, including different types of soil the plants were to be grown in, the depth needed for certain kinds of plants and what care was required. The first green roof built on campus was not actually a roof at all but a series of platforms built at ground level to resemble the structure that might be built on a roof. “Part of (the research with Ford Motor Company) was they wanted things tested,” Rowe said. “The only problem with that was the plant was down there (in the Detroit area) and we didn’t have control of it. … Having it here, we had total control. We started out with 8-by-8 platforms in 2001 — the first actual roof was built in 2004.” The first full-scale green roof was built on the Plant and
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Soil Science Building as part of renovations done in 2004. Green roofs then were added to the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Molecular Plant Sciences Building, Bailey Hall, the Children’s Garden Outdoor Classroom, Brody Hall and most recently Wells Hall, which was outfitted with a green roof in 2012.
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East Lansing City Council hopeful Ruth Beier raised more than $8,000 for her city council candidacy in the Nov. 5 election, with most of the funding coming from members of the Michigan Education Association, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Ingham County Clerk’s office late last week. Most of Beier’s contributions came from people who are not from the East Lansing area and were collected in April and May 2013. With thousands of dollars in donations coming from MEA members, Beier, an economist with the organization, was able to raise $8,399. She earned the most campaign funding of any candidate in the election by far, with council candidate Susan Woods coming in a distant second with $2,749 in total funds. The MEA is one of the state’s largest labor unions and represents public school teachers and staff. Beier said this is because she travels the state for work and asked her 102 colleagues affiliated with the MEA for donations. She indicated those See CAMPAIGN on page 2 u
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$8,339 Ruth Beier $2,749 Susan Woods $2,270 Kathleen Boyle $1,488 Joanna Bosse <$1,000 Ben Esseylinck (Has not filed report)
<$1,000 Samantha Artley (Was not required to file reporting information)
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Mother Nature struck Japan again this past weekend, this time with a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rumbling the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles from the coast of Fukushima, Japan — a situation that caught the attention of MSU students and experts. Around 2:10 a.m. local time Friday, the quake rattled much of Japan’s east coast with an epicenter about 203 miles eastnortheast of Tokyo. It was presumably an aftershock from the earthquake that happened two years ago in 2011, said MSU geological sciences professor Kazuya Fujita. When a big earthquake like that occurs, the area remains active for years following, as everything tries to re-calibrate. “It’s likely the earthquakes will continue for years in the same general region,” Fuji-
ta said. “Things are adjusting from the March of 2011 movements — now, we have a lot of earthquakes that are kind of adjusting stresses and things like that are jostling around to readjust.”
Study abroad experts note that MSU programs are relatively far away from the location of the recent quake In March 2011, Japan suffered a 9.0-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami reaching 32 feet. The resulting impact ultimately took the lives of more than 15,000 people and disrupting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Despite the earthquake reaching a magnitude seven on the Richter scale, the quake Friday did not leave any major damage. Chad Cole, program coordinator for Japanese Center
“Things are adjusting from the March of 2011 movements — now, we have a lot of earthquakes that are … adjusting stresses.” Kazuya Fujita, MSU geological sciences professor
for Michigan Universities, or JCMU, said when sending students abroad in Japan, JCMU, along with the Office of Study Abroad, or OSA holds an onsight orientation where students learn ways to practice safety and health precautions. The tactics include weather and other emergency situations. Students who study abroad are usually stationed in Hickone, Japan, which is about 400 miles away from the recent earthquake regions. “Japan is a very earthquake active countr y,” Cole said. “We’re in one particular area in Japan and we generally have been so fortunate not to experience very many earthquakes, but we follow the standards that (the) OSA puts in for the
university if something were to happen.” Earthquakes are not out of the norm for Japan, said Japanese senior Joseph Canty, who serves as president of MSU’s Japan Club. Even though most MSU Japanese students in the Japan Club aren’t from Fukushima, Canty said the students from Tokyo are worried about the potential radiation issues that come from the disruption of the nuclear plants. “Japan really has no natural resources, so it’s really expensive to use any other form of energy,” Canty said. “Nuclear energy is most efficient and people are torn on whether
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NCAA changes to be discussed Potential governance changes to the top division of the NCAA are set to come up later this week, moves that potentially could tie-in MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. Simon serves as executive committee chairwoman of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, which is set to hear presentations from about nine different coaching groups on Tuesday. Various coaches’ associations, along with the Collegiate Commissioners Association, are set to offer their views for the overall structure of Division I. BEAU HAYHOE
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45 percent. They are located at heights ranging from 0 to 15 stories, and come in sizes from 3,500 square feet to 10.4 acres, according to the MSU Green Roof Research web page. To build these green roofs, Rowe and the rest of the research team had to decide which buildings met the requirements needed to build a green roof. The first thing to look into for a prospective green roof building is the structural load it is able to carry, said Milind Khire, an associate professor of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and a member of the MSU green roof research team. Cities and townships also set requirements ensuring green roofs do not become a health hazard should the drainage system malfunction. In addition to meeting structural and local requirements, the next thing to consider when building a green roof is cost. “It’s hard to provide an exact number as it depends on if it is a flat roof or a sloped roof and what needs to be changed structurally to make sure the roof meets the loading requirements,” Khire said. “The cost also depends on the depth of the green roof and
“Green roofs are becoming a bigger thing outside of MSU, too. I know Chicago has many green roofs — it’s a new thing.” Matt Kimmel, Landscape & nursery management sophomore
expected plants species. Deeper green roofs can cost $25 per square foot or more but will require less maintenance.” Flat green roofs usually cost about $10 to $20 per square foot, he said, while sloped green roofs are relatively expensive to build and to maintain. He said until green roof technology decreases in cost, it primarily will be used on industrial and commercial buildings. Like traditional landscapes, the foliage on a green roof varies in costs depending on the specific species that are planted. Generally speaking, living roofs are categorized as intensive, semi-intensive or extensive, hinging on the depth of the soil used and the care required. Green roofs including trees and perennials require more care, while rooftop gardens with Sedum and mosses, such as the ones on campus, usually require less. The benefits of going green Adding plant life to the top of a commercial building can have numerous positive effects, including the reduction of noise, air pollution and carbon, the increase of urban biodiversity and the creation of a more aesthetically pleasing rooftop. One of the main reasons Rowe cites for having a green roof is stormwater management. “Stormwater is a problem because we have so many
impervious surfaces, like parking lots and buildings as opposed to grasslands,” Rowe said. “When rain falls on a prairie, 95 percent of the water filtrates into the ground.” Rowe said MSU’s stormwater system holds a limited amount of water. Limited space ultimately can lead to overflowing pipes that leak raw sewage. Green roofs help reduce the runoff, he said. Rowe also added that certain countries, namely Germany, have stormwater runoff taxes that charge citizens based on the percent of impervious surfaces on their property. The more impervious surfaces, the greater contribution to runoff. Rowe said similar policies could provide people with an incentive to add a green roof to their commercial building or business. Green roofs also lower the temperature of a building because of the constant evaporation and transpiration of water being done by the greenery. In addition to aiding in cooling, green roofs add a layer of insulation to the building. Rowe said that, despite the long-term advantages, businesses might find it more cost effective to simply add a layer of traditional insulation. Until more favorable government policies are put in place, such as a stormwater-runoff tax, Rowe believes that many property owners will opt for the cheaper and less labor-intensive option. Getting their hands dirty
Continued When it comes to taking care of the green roofs on campus, students who are members of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment, or RISE, do most of the dirty work — planting, watering and harvesting the plants grown on top of Bailey Hall. “The students have been funded by a Residential and Hospitality Services Neighborhood Collaboration Grant to study what vegetable crops, soil mixes and container types are best for rooftop farming,” RISE Program Director Laurie Thorp said. “They grew over 20 different vegetables, fruits and herbs this summer and collected yield data on the crops. They plant the seeds, water, weed and harvest.” Although growing season now is over for RISE students, this past summer they grew a wide array of edible plants. Those plants included diverse crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, strawberries, basil, carrots, kale, chard and other herbs. Unlike the food grown in the Bailey greenhouse that goes to Brody Square and Kellogg Center, the greens grown on top of Bailey Hall are used by the RISE students in monthly cooking events where students gather to cook ethnic dishes with one another. This past Friday, the RISE students cooked two African dishes with help from students from Malawi and Rwanda. A green future Going forward, Rowe and the research team are looking to expand the number of green
roofs on campus and also raise awareness and acceptance of rooftop gardens as part of the university’s overall sustainability platform. The next phase of the plan is to install a green roof on the bus shelter in front of the Human Ecology Building, Rowe said. This shelter would be equipped with educational material for viewers. “I don’t see any negative to it other than initial cost, but the return on investment comes for any green roof,” Rowe said. “If there were more green roofs where people could see, they could ask questions and learn more about them.” And learning about green roofs leads to the creation of more green roofs, he said. According to an annual green roof survey done by greenroofs.org in 2012, the North American green roof industry grew 24 percent during 2011. Although this might seem like a large increase, the industry was very small to begin with. In keeping with this national growth, Rowe also suggested that new buildings on campus should include a plan for a green roof to positively impact campus sustainability. “Green roofs are becoming a bigger thing outside of MSU too,” Matt Kimmel, a landscape and nursery management sophomore said. “I know Chicago has many green roofs — it’s a new thing for people. … It’s not something that you see everyday and I would hope that people would like to come out and see this unique feature we have on campus.”
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causes, and this case, the cause was me,” Beier said. “They are just interested in helping me. They aren’t concerned about East Lansing. ... I’m not beholden to any of these people.” Beier said getting campaign contributions from people outside the community helps remove her from the possibility of tying herself to community donors “If someone gives me $500, they think they can come knock on my door and ask for something,” she said. Beier said she wanted to raise a sizable amount at the beginning of her campaign, adding: “When I run for re-election, I see much more money coming from East Lansing,” she said. As in many races, larger war chests are key for success. In the 2011 East Lansing City Council elections, Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett raised about $10,645. He brought in the highest number of votes of any candidate in that election. Two of the other candidates in the 2013 council elections were late in filing pre-election campaign finance reports. Woods filed her reports past the Oct. 25 deadline, but has since filed the reports and paid the late fee. Although Woods’ campaign finance reports indicate she contributed the majority of the $2,749 herself in loans, she said she will be getting all of that money back through financial commitments from supporters she hasn’t yet received. Earlier this year, Woods ran into another issue with campaign finance law when she announced her candidacy via email on an account run by the East Lansing City Film festival. Woods apologized for the incident and called it an “innocent mistake.”
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concern among Japanese citizens and MSU students and professors. “They still haven’t gotten the whole water leak situation under control, so any time you have anything this big, you have to have some concern that some of the stuff that haven’t been fixed or poorly fixed may break and the leakage may continue or get worse,” Fujita said. Cant y said residents in any areas impacted by an earthquake have to fall back on training for emergency situations. “All people can do in the area is just do what they’ve been told when there’s an earthquake — do the normal drills to prepare for that and hope for the best,” he said.
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they should use it or not.” The 2011 earthquake led to a meltdown at three of the six reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said Fujita. Because of the meltdown, contaminated water began to leak into the Pacific Coast. The incident created a difficult environmental situation with impacts that drew international media attention and stirred
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“I did not use it to solicit money, I used it to announce my candidacy,” she said. “I was naive.” Candidate Ben Esseylinck originally planned on raising more than $1,000, but said Monday he was “overly optimistic about the money I could raise.” Esseylinck said he plans to apply to gain a waiver, but still is accountable for $210 in late fees plus $25 for every additional day for not filing his reports on time. Esseylinck said although he was unable to raise $1,000, he still feels public support. “I’ve received quite a bit of support but I have a strong moral objection against the amount of money needed to run,” he said. “I don’t think running a local campaign should cost a lot of money.” Most of incumbent council member Kathleen Boyle’s contributions came through people who live within East Lansing city limits through a series of campaign fundraisers. She raised $2,270 total, and said fundraising for elections is not at the top of her list of favorite aspects that present themselves with city government. “I had a couple of fundraisers, and people who I know brought people that they knew,” she said. Council candidate Samantha Artley was granted a waiver because she did not plan to raise more than $1,000, according to Ingham County Chief Deputy Clerk Angela Wittrock.
Wilder is being treated as a habitual offender in the ongoing case counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree
criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault with intention to commit sexual penetration, one count of gross indecency and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Wilder is being treated as a habitual offender. KATIE ABDILLA
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MSU police officer Gary Heckman opens a door for K-9 dog Gauge during a narcotics sniffing training exercise on last Wednesday at an abandoned building owned by the MSU Police.
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L. Van Crowder, one of the three finalists for the International Studies and Programs, or ISP, dean position discussed his goals and plans for the department during a presentation on campus Monday. Crowder, senior director of education, health and community development in the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which is part of the U.S. State Department, discussed the importance of exploring the many international options offered through MSU and other potential future programs. “Students are … the products of the university, you’re the output and so I think a lot of students come here because they know that MSU has a strong international program,” Crowder said. “At the end of the day, (students) don’t all get to go overseas and do a study abroad, but there’s lots of opportunities that would need to be explored because I think that every student should have some exposure and get some sort of competencies that make a difference.” He added he would like to implement a student advisory committee to obtain a better outreach into the student community to hear what kinds of goals are expected to be met. With more than 6,000 international students and 1,000 international scholars, MSU ranks ninth in international student enrollment nationally. MSU also has had more students studying abroad compared to any other public university for eight years in a row. But one particular issue Crowder pointed out that could use further development is sustainability. “Sustainabi lit y is about building human capital, which I don’t think has been done here effectively,” Crowder said. This lack of creative knowledge to work out an economic value for students could be looked at further if Crowder is chosen as dean of the ISP department. Decisions will be made some time after the final candidate William F. Fisher, associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of international development and social change at Clark University, makes his presentation for the position Nov. 3-5.
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WKAR-TV CONTENT USABLE ON XBOX A new app from PBS will connect Xbox 360 owners to content from MSU and Mid-Michigan’s public television station, WKARTV. WKAR-TV broadcasts localized content as well as popular programs from PBS, for whom they are the local affiliate. App users will be able to watch full-length episodes of popular PBS programs such as American Experience, Austin City Limits, Frontline, Masterpiece, Nova and Secrets of the Dead, according to WKAR’s website. WKAR-TV’s content will include QuizBusters, Off the Record and BackStage Pass. Users will be able to select their local PBS affiliate in order to obtain more specialized content from the app. The app is available for Xbox Live Gold members this week. Simon Schuster
By the time MSU police Of f icer Gar y Hec k man brought in Clyde, one of his two German Shepherds in the K-9 unit, the abandoned building located slightly north of Mason, Mich., was littered with carefully-hidden narcotics and detonation-free explosives. Clyde, 6, is specially trained in tracking, aggression and sniffing out explosives. Every other Wednesday afternoon, officers in the unit travel to both indoor and outdoor locations to train their dogs, aiming to strengthen their specialties. Clyde quickly picked up a scent. Heckman alternated commands in English and Dutch. Circling the site, Clyde barked wildly. “Show me,” Heckman said. Clyde tapped a nearby industrial sink with one paw and sat down next to it. Heckman tossed him a tennis ball. He found the bomb. Heckman, the unit’s trainer, was paired up with Clyde in 2008. Last year he also got Gauge, a dog trained in narcotics tracking. It’s rare for any officer to work with two dogs at a time, police said. Heckman joked he initially took on another dog out of “pure stupidity.” But now, he said he can’t picture life as an officer without his two dogs.
The work is based on a reward system where dogs are given toys for successfully picking up scents “You do all the same duties as a police officer, with the added responsibility as a K-9,” Heckman said. “Everyone who gets in a K-9 (unit) does it because they want to. They’re not forced … They wanna be here.” As training progresses, Heckman said the dogs and officers in the unit become a family.
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Gauge, was added to the family last year when he was donated from the Southfield Police Department after sustaining a back injury. Similar to a herniated disc, Gauge’s injury renders him incapable of performing tracking duties, leaving Heckman to use him strictly for narcotics. But when he’s on the job, Heckman said he’s just like any other dog. “In the last year I’ve found what causes the pain and inflammation, which is tracking, so he can’t track,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything with his injury that has prevented him from doing narcotics work — he jumps around, and you could just never tell.” Until recently, Heckman kept Clyde and Gauge separate at home and on the job because Clyde tended to “bully” Gauge. He said he had to transition them to spending time together slowly to avoid aggression. MSU police Officer Adam Atkinson said it is common for dog specialties to change. He said many are trained for more than one skill and can
alternate between them easily. But to the dogs, Heckman said, it isn’t just a job. The work is based on a reward system where the dogs are given toys and play time for successfully picking up the scent of drugs, bombs or runaway suspects. “This isn’t work to these dogs,” he said. “This is play. All we’re doing is we’re manipulating play to get the outcome that we want. All the dog knows is, ‘If I go find that odor, and I sit or I scratch, I get my toy’ … They’ll exhaust themselves trying to get that toy.” MSU police Officer Brandon Murphy said the abilities of the dogs help officers accomplish feats they couldn’t otherwise. “The most rewarding (feat) would be actually being able to find somebody that can’t be found by anybody else,” Murphy said. “The dog can do work that no other person can do.”
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T he A SM SU Fi n a nce Committee approved an allocation of $5,000 from the undergraduate student government’s Special Projects fund to go toward a research grant for undergraduate students at its most recent meeting. The grant would help students fund their trip to a conference, educational workshop or scholarly competition. “This is an opportunity (for students) to get funding from (ASMSU) to present their research at conferences,” ASMSU Vice President for Special Projects Abbie Newton said. The Research Interest Board is meant to alleviate the economic pressure that comes with enhancing educational experiences. Undergraduate students do not have many opportunities for sponsorships or grants to attend or present at research conferences, Newton said. ASMSU Vice President for Finance and Operations Michael Mozina said the establishment of an undergraduate research grant is a great way of giving back to students, adding that such grants have been successful in other student governments, like the Council of Graduate Students, or COGS. “Especially for engineering majors, I feel this grant will be very beneficial,” said
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“This is an opportunity (for students) to get funding from (ASMSU) to present their research at conferences.” Abbie Newton, ASMSU vice president for special projects
Christopher Baldwin, ASMSU College of Engineering representative and a mechanical engineering senior. If passed at the next general assembly meeting, the spring semester will serve as a pilot trial. There will be two deadlines each semester to give students more opportunities to apply for the grant, especially since conferences tend to be spread throughout the academic year, Newton said. Deadlines for the fall semester will be on the first Friday of September and on the third Friday of October. For the spring semester, deadlines will be on the third Friday of January and the first Friday of March. Students will also get an opportu-
nity to apply during the summer semester on the first Friday in June. Newton said $2,500 will be allocated for each deadline in the semester. Each student will be awarded $250 and can only get funding once a year. Students must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA. Applications w ill be reviewed and approved by the Finance Committee, Newton said, adding the goal is to eventually have a separate board to oversee the applications for the grant. Grants w ill be awarded through a lottery system, but Newton said ASMSU still is looking at other models they could use as well.
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garbage, bicycles in red cedar must stop EDITORIAL BOARD Summer Ballentine Opinion editor Celeste Bott staff representative Anya Rath minority representative
he Fisheries and Wildlife Club pulled nearly 3,000 pounds of debris from the Red Cedar River during a biannual cleanup on Sunday. That’s about the average weight of a car. In half a year, that’s a lot of garbage pitched into the water. Although river cleaning efforts have helped make it healthier and safer overall, the waste fished out of the water doesn’t seem to decrease from year to year, MSU Surplus and Recycling Center Operations Manager Bob Bryan said in a previous interview with The State News. The continuous stream of debris dumped into
the water. It the Red Cedar needs to stop. After all, it’s — Casey might seem not a dumpster. The Red Cedar is a part harmless, but of MSU. Our fight song starts out with a students don’t rousing shout-out to its banks. realize the poten“It’s kind of embarrassing when you tial consequences of see what some of the students throw in Don’t using the river as their there,” Bryan said. “It seems like, in this erode the personal dumpster. day and age, we would know better.” Instead of treating it like a We should be embarrassed by the progress trash can, we should take pride in it. amount of trash dumped in our river. we’ve Not all colleges can boast a river flowThere is no reason why student voling through campus. We flock to its banks unteers should have to pull 50 bikes, a made by fawn over the ducks, cross it as a right fire extinguisher, a chair, a toaster and dumping to of passage when the frigid winter turns the a desk from the water’s dark depths. A water to ice, kayak down it and even scu2012 cleanup plucked more than 20 bikes, bikes and ba dive in its chilly depths. Students also a mini-fridge and a bong out of the river. other study the river for class. Unfortunately, some people’s idea of a Before the Clean Water Act of 1972, agrifunny prank is chucking a bike off the garbage cultural runoff polluted the Red Cedar, bridge on Farm Lane. Dozens of others do into the Hanshue, a fisheries management the same thing. It’s damaging to the river Red Cedar Scott biologist with the Southern Lake Michand also a waste of a bike. igan management unit of the Michigan Regardless of how these found their way River.” Department of Natural Resources, told into the Red Cedar, their presence contaminates the river and the ecosystem as a whole. NPR’s Michigan Radio. Hanshue connects the legislation to a change in Throwing an apple core is not the same as pitching electronics or other mechanical devices into the safety of the river. Now it’s safe to fish from,
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and the Board of Trustees voted last December to open a portion of the river for hook-and-line fishing. Officials hope fishing will help people appreciate the water and take more of an interest in preserving it. It’s a testament to how much healthier and safer the Red Cedar has become throughout the years, and a testament to its role in students’ and residents’ lives. Efforts by students and the university, and lawmakers who passed the Clean Water Act, helped clean the Red Cedar and transform it into a recent site for recreation. Don’t erode the progress we’ve made by dumping bikes and other garbage its waters.
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“To fill stadium seats, schedule tougher opponents” “Last year our home schedule had Boise St., Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Nebraska. We have a home and home with Oregon coming up. Originally had one with Alabama as well until they backed out. Remember it takes both schools to agree to out of conference games. I agree this year’s home schedule isn’t the best but unfortunately, there are years where it’s just going to suck. But there are years where it’s going to be really good.”
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Today’s state news poll
Do you know what you’ll be dressing up as for Halloween this year?
None 74% 12%
Yes, I’ve been planning my costume for a long time
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No, I’m still thinking of ideas
Total votes: 27 as of 5 p.m. Monday
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“I agree that the schedule sucks, but it is not Michigan State’s fault as much as it is the NCAA’s. College football needs a playoffs (which it is getting).Period. Right now, to make a national championship game, and almost even a BCS bowl game, you have to go undefeated. Teams don’t want to risk this by a harder schedule. Undefeated means BCS bowl which means money. Simple. There should be an 8-team playoff in college football, and I guarantee there would be better-scheduled games.”
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“I’d also like some sort of rule like to be eligible for the playoffs a school needs to play at least one OOC team from an AQ conference. But that would probably just lead to everyone in the SEC clamoring to play Illinois.” meh, Oct. 28
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Party safe, smart during upcoming weekend
ast Lansing’s streets are sure to come alive this upcoming weekend. With Halloween, Life in Color at the Lansing Center and the football matchup with the University of Michigan, there is a lot for Spartans to celebrate. However, it is important to remember what makes us Spartans: We celebrate with class. Celebrating with class goes beyond staying in control of your own actions; it means watching out for friends, being proud of your community and showing respect for visitors, even those from Ann Arbor. Whether this is your first or your last time on campus for the U-M rivalry game as a student, Spartans stand together. Before going out, have a plan in case you and your friends are separated, such as coordinating a designated meeting spot. Large events and lots of people
troubles or a minor in possession? The result in crowded areas and poor medical amnesty law has your back. cell phone service, making it easy to Make sure to watch out for each lose track of each other. When cheerother, and never hesitate to make the ing on MSU or walking the streets call, even if you are underage. on Halloween, stick close to the Regardless of age, drinkpeople you know and look ing and driving is nevout for one another. er a good idea. When If you plan on celeTony Biallas is living in a city such brating by drinking president of MSU’s as East Lansing, cab alcohol this weekInterfraternity Council services are easend, know your limand Marisa Martini is ily accessible. it and know when it’s president of the A $3 cab ride time to call for help. Student Health is a better choice We’ve all seen someAdvisory Council. than an irreversone who has had too Reach them at ible mistake that much to drink. We firstname.lastname@example.org and could result in killknow the warning email@example.com. ing yourself or others. signs, and we underWe love sharstand the dangers assoing our city and everyciated with alcohol abuse. thing it has to offer to othIf someone you know surpassers outside our community. es their limit, it’s important to take Unfortunately, since we will be action. Don’t leave friends to deal hosting thousands of visitors from with alcohol poisoning on their own. Calling 911 when someone is in need outside of East Lansing this weekend, it is important to remember not everyis never a bad idea, especially when one will be here for the right reasons. the outcome could save that person’s As students who live both on and life. Younger than 21? Scared of legal
off campus, we encourage everyone to make sure all doors, windows and cars are locked while no one is home. With an influx of unfamiliar faces, thefts and other crimes are a serious concern for our community. If you see something, do something. Call 911, the East Lansing police or MSU police if you see any suspicious activity. It is always better to be safe than sorry. We realize big celebratory weekends have the potential to create some of the best memories of your college career, as long as we all participate safely, and most importantly, celebrate with class.
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It’s officially Halloween week and time to get in the mood for some ghoulish tunes. The best way to get in the holiday spirit is by listening to some of the best Halloween-themed music. Here’s a list of some of my favorite Halloween songs: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson Who doesn’t know the main chorus to this song? This iconic tune has memorable dance moves and has made its mark on Halloween history. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers A song guaranteed to take the listener back to their childhood, you’ll be humming along to this tune in no time. “This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson This song comes from a cult-classic film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which solidifies its place as a Halloween favorite. The repetitive chorus gets this creepy song quickly stuck in your head. Anya Rath
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Tricks and treats
s stilt walkers and fire dancers paraded down Lansing’s South Washington Square, families draped in haunted garb and superhero attire, indulged in Halloween activities to kick off the sixth annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square Monday. The event, sponsored by a variety of businesses in downtown Lansing and the surrounding community, featured trick-ortreating, hayrides, face painting, strolling street performers, pumpkin bowling and other Halloween games. The candy handed out to trick-or-treaters was donated by the Lansingarea Walmart, while Tim Hortons provided donuts and hot chocolate and Biggby supplied coffee. The city had a Halloween atmosphere thanks to
Lansing resident Catalina Walker, 10, navigates a hay maze during Trickor-Treat on the Square Monday on South Washington Square in downtown Lansing. Danyelle Morrow/The State News
the 14 businesses that participated in Spooky Storefronts, a decorating contest downtown. Beginning in 2008 with only a few thousand attendees, this year’s event would bring in an estimated
20,000 or more people, Downtown Lansing Inc. spokeswoman Cathleen Edgerly said. For the family-friendly
event, Edgerly said each year Downtown Lansing Inc. aims to create a variety of activi-
ties for everyone to enjoy. “This event really is a great one that brings together the entire community,” Edgerly said. “Families enjoy it, community members come together and volunteer, businesses get involved,
there’s so many wonderful organizations that help make this event a reality.” —Ariel Ellis, The State News To see a video about Trick-orTreat on the Square, visit statenews.com/multimedia.
Homemade halloween costume ideas Making a Halloween costume is a way to save money and still celebrate the holiday
alloween is inching closer and costume options at stores might be running low. Time to dig through your closet and make a trip to the thrift store. Sometimes, the most fun and cheap costumes are theones made by hand. It can be surprising how many of the basic components of a great costume are just lying around at home. Here are five costumes that will be easy to pull together during the next few days. Bag of jelly beans Supplies: a clear garbage bag, enough inflated balloons to fill the bag, a ribbon, paper and a permanent marker First, cut holes in the bag for arms and legs and step in.
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Cereal killer Supplies: single-serve cereal boxes, red paint or fake blood, plastic spoons and knives and an old shirt Stab the empty cereal boxes with the plastic knives and cover them with the fake blood. Attach the boxes and plastic spoons to an old shirt using an adhesive such as hot glue, and smear the shirt and your face with more blood. Pair this with a creepy stare and the costume is complete.
Dust bunny Supplies: white or gray shirt and pants, bunny ears and a feather duster Just pair all these different things together, and you’ve become a dust bunny. Halloween costumes are known for
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A gift from God Supplies: wrapping paper, a big bow, a piece of paper and a permanent marker Wrap yourself up like a present and put a bow on your head. Feel free to be creative with this costume. Next, turn the paper into a label and either write on it “To: Women” or “To: Men” based on your sexual preference, and end it with “From: God.” Now you’re God’s gift to someone.
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Horoscope By Linda C. Black 10 IS THE EASIEST DAY — 0 THE MOST CHALLENGING
Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 -- Monday is for romance (at least today is). Fall in love all over again. You can do more with less. You know what you really want, so follow your passion. If you fail, get back on the horse. Keep it fun.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 9 -- You’re on top of the world for the rest of the day. Come down from cloud nine, eventually, and start making some serious money. You have everything you need, just add discipline. Enjoy the process.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 -- You’re full of brilliant ideas, which are extremely practical now. Talk it over with your partner for exponential gains. Listen carefully, and don’t make assumptions. When in doubt, ask. Bring your ingenuity home.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 -- You’re especially sensitive now. It may look like an uphill kind of day. There’s still beauty to be found along the trail. And just think about the fun you’ll have running down after you reach the crest.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 -- Avoid distractions and get into detailed work. Now it’s easier to concentrate. Don’t wander oﬀ too far from home, as you have some chores ﬁrst. Share sweet words with someone interesting later. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 9 -- What you learn now will stay with you for a long time. Focus on the piece of the job you love. Make some honest money while you’re at it. You’re especially good, more than you give yourself credit for.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 -- Surround yourself with common goals and support each other in your dreams. Together you can ﬁgure out new ways to make money. Keep your friends close, and stay out of the way of enemies. Use your intuition. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 -- You’re in charge and ready to take action. Pour on the steam and advance more than expected. Some caution is advised since Mercury is retrograde, but don’t let that mess up your plans. Get a friend’s help with any breakdowns.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 9 -- Hit the road, Jack, and discover an adventure along the way, the kind to tell your grandchildren about. Romance ﬁgures in the picture, too. Keep your expenses low, and your head held high. Pack light. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is an 8 -- You’re being challenged, giving you an opportunity to show your worth. Be tough. You may even surprise yourself. You’ll have time to play, too. Opposites attract even more so now. Find a way to share resources with a partner. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 -- You’ll ﬁnd it easier to balance romance with career. Start by working on projects you love. Involve a partner to take it farther, and dramatically increase the fun level. Keep practicing and trying new things. Just go play. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 9 -- Give yourself the room to grow, even if that means letting go of things you’ve been hanging on to for no particular reason. Out with the old, and in with new income and possibilities. Renovate the way you provide great service.
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Spartan basketball back in action tonight By Derek Blalock
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It’s only a preseason game, but the No. 2-ranked men’s basketball team will kick off its highly anticipated season at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Breslin Center against Grand Valley State. The Spartans only have three games, including preseason, before they travel to Chicago on Nov. 12 to partake in the Champions Classic against the nation’s No. 1 team, Kentucky. Many predict MSU will contend for a national championship as they return four starters from last season’s squad. Here are a few things to look out for in Tuesday’s matchup and early in the season. The starting center spot With the departure of Derrick Nix, the starting spot is up for grabs this season. Head coach Tom Izzo said during the team’s media day last week that sophomore forward Matt Costello is the early frontrunner for the position. However, junior forward Alex Gauna and freshman forward Gavin Schilling are in the mix as well. Schilling, a late signee in last year’s recruiting class, has “surprised” coaches in the early going, especially with his quickness. Izzo also noted each can run the floor better than Nix did, but said the offense will change in the absence of Nix’s passing ability. The health of the lineup Izzo said his team had a healthy summer, allowing for a full summer of development. Junior forward Branden Dawson and junior guard Travis Trice enter their first season with a full summer of development under their belts. During Dawson’s freshman year, he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in the final game of the regular season and missed the entire following summer. Despite playing the entire season last year, at times Dawson struggled with reaching his usual athleticism and playmaking ability, tending to favor his left knee. Izzo said Dawson appears to have all his athleticism back and has improved his shooting. “If you look at Dawson, he’s healthy. There is no repercussion from the injury,” Izzo said. “I think (the) toughness of worrying about an injury is not there.” Not only did Dawson miss the entire summer two years ago, Trice also had to sit out as well because of an infection on his brain, causing him to drop 22
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Senior forward Dean Chelios skates after the puck against Western Ontario on Oct. 9 at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans defeated the Mustangs, 4-1.
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Sophomore guard Gary Harris goes up for a lay-up Oct. 18 during Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center. The men’s team scrimmaged against one another after the introductions.
pounds. Izzo said Trice is fully healthy and was the most improved player and could possibly step into a leadership role. “If there’s a guy that’s maybe one of my most improved players, it has to be Trice,” Izzo said. “He’s 25 pounds heavier than he was a year ago, all good weight ... He’s physically stronger than he was. “He’s just had a heck of a summer. You don’t know how much we missed him last year in some games. He was our second best three‑point shooter, and I think that’s improved some.” The Spartans also will get Kenny Kaminski back from a high school injury to his right shoulder. Kaminski, a sharpshooting redshirt freshman forward, has earned Izzo’s praise as one of the top pure shooters on the team, but his defense is in need of work if Kaminski wants to find his way onto the floor. Who’s the leader? For the first time in his career, Izzo has waited to select team captains for the upcoming season, begging the question: Who will lead this team who is expected to contend for the
Spartans roster Tentative starting five 1. Keith Appling, Sr. 2. Gary Harris, So. 3. Branden Dawson, Jr. 4. Adreian Payne, Sr. 5. Matt Costello, So. Bench Travis Trice, Jr. Denzel Valentine, So. Alex Gauna, Jr. Russell Byrd, Jr. Kenny Kaminski, RS Fr. Alvin Ellis III, Fr. Gavin Schilling, Fr. Trevor Bohnhoff, So. Dan Chapman, Sr. Keenan Wetzel, Sr. Colby Wollenman, Jr. SOURCE: MSUspartans.com
NCAA National Championship? Will it be seniors Adreian Payne or Keith Appling? Or could it possibly be a younger player like Trice, Dawson or the electric sophomore guard Gary Harris? Although there are no captains yet, Izzo said for the first time in his career he is not worried. He also added Trice and sophomore guard Denzel Valentine are not afraid to hear their voices in practice.
There are few challenges harder in sports than comeback from an injury, but two members of the MSU hockey team worked together to get back on the ice. Senior forward Dean Chelios and redshirt freshman defender Rhett Holland both sat out all or most of last year after suffering shoulder injuries. Holland saw action in just three games last season. “It was really upsetting at the time, and some really hard news to deal with,” Holland said. “Everything was perfect at the time and next thing I know, I’m done for the year. I got surgery and had to deal with it.” Now, Holland has three assists in four games this season, and Chelios assisted on the game-winning goal in the 3-1 upset win against No. 18 Boston University Saturday night. Head coach Tom Anastos said losing the pair last season was unfortunate, but both were allowed to be redshirted despite Chelios having three years under his belt. “Early in practice, last year (Chelios) blew his shoulder out, and had season ending shoulder surgery,” Anastos said. “Holland had a recurring injury that he had before he came here and got that repaired in the off season. So both of those guys are back as red shirts, and in Dean’s case as a senior.” In an odd way, Holland said sitting out all of last season can be a blessing in disguise. “It’s not an experience you really want, but in the situation I was in, it was nice to see what it looks like from that standpoint,” he said. “There was nothing I could do but
watch the game and learn from their mistakes. It was nice to be a student of the game.” It’s not every day that a talented upperclassman such as Chelios is redshirted so late in his career. He said it was crazy to think about getting a redshirt, but now that he’s healed, he feels better than ever. “It was weird at first to think when they brought up redshirt right after I got injured,” Chelios said. “I knew it was going to be a long process, so to just keep with it consistently was my goal, and try to get back to where I was and exceed that.” It normally takes three to four months to recover from such an injury, but the added time allowed both players to take it slow and make sure everything was on track. What also helped the recovery process go smoother was the fact that they had each other to lean on when they needed an extra bit of motivation. Both said it was good to have someone who understood the situation on a deeper level. “I couldn’t imagine waking up in the morning like I did all year without someone to hang out with,” Chelios said. “Having Rhett, I was able to influence him and help him out too. It was good to have somebody else in the same boat.” Anastos will be counting on both Holland and Chelios to contribute all year on both ends of the ice. For Chelios, the forecast for the rest of the season is simple — get back to the winning ways of 2012 when they were four wins away from an NCAA Championship. “We were expected to win when I got there and we’re trying to get that expectation back,” Chelios said, “I’ve been training harder than I ever have and I’m reenergized this year. Hopefully that hard work pays off and I can contribute to the team’s success.”
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When Alvin Ellis III was sitting down on Breslin Center’s floor during last week’s media day, with more than 14,000 empty seats above him, his mind went back to Midnight Madness.
Former high school teammates at Chicago’s De La Salle Insitute prepare for their first season together in two years as Spartans Before his name was the first one called to introduce the team, Ellis nervously waited walking down the stairs with Future’s “Chosen One” blaring from the speakers. But once he emerged, Ellis got a feeling for what he will be in for when thousands of seats are filled with a sea of green and white on gameday. “It was a great atmosphere and opportunity to come out,” the freshman guard said. “(The energy) didn’t surprise me, I knew it was going to be hype … The place was filled and
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packed to capacity.” Ellis joins 6-foot-9-inch forward Gavin Schilling as the two freshmen on this year’s team. However, the f resh faces on campus hardly are new to each other, as they were teammates at Chicago’s De La Salle Institute before Schilling transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. Ellis pointed out the transformation of his roommate, calling him “a monster” after how much bigger and stronger he has gotten since they shared a court two years ago. Head coach Tom Izzo didn’t shy away from cranking up the dials on the hype machine, say ing bot h have been surprises during the offseason with their quick progression. “They’re both strong, they’re both tough, and they’re both great athletes,” Izzo said. “(Schlling is) tougher than nails and he can run as well as anybody on this team in a race … (Ellis is) a guy that we are growing to love because he’s just a great kid. (He’s) kind of a jack-of-all-trades guy — he does everything well.” Izzo also compared Schilling to Antonio Smith, one of the pioneers of MSU’s illustrious list of teams. Maybe the most notable area of compar-
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Freshman forward Gavin Schilling is introduced to the crowd Oct. 18 during Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center.
ison is the strength Schilling displays day-in and day-out during practice. “I’m an energy type of player — working hard, running the floor and giving 100 percent in everything I do,” the Germanborn forward said. One reason Schilling’s move
from prep school to college hoops is going well comes from his experience at Findlay Prep, a national powerhouse. “It def initely made t he t ra nsit ion easier for me, because over there they prepared me for this college level and the physicality, and
I’m definitely grateful I went there,” Schilling said. Wit h E l l i s ’ h ig h-f ly i ng skills combined with his ability to shoot the long ball, and Schilling’s gritty and speedy style of play, the duo could be a key factor in MSU’s highly anticipated season.
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With a second-straight Big Ten loss to No. 13 Northwestern on Saturday, the window for earning a share of the Big Ten regular season championship closed for the field hockey team (8-9 overall, 3-2 Big Ten). The somewhat unlikely 3-0 start to conference play won’t amount to Big Ten honors. But with one Big Ten game left, the regular season is approaching its end. The team now has its sights set firmly on winning the last game against Iowa, and then proceeding to win the Big Ten Tournament. Sixteen teams enter the NCAA Tournament, with eight teams receiving bids through winning conference championships and the remaining eight receiving at-large bids. At this point, a Big Ten Tournament win is the team’s best shot at entering the NCAA Tournament. MSU’s 3-2 conference record is third-best in the Big Ten (after Penn State and Northwestern, respectively). But the 8-9 overall record trails every Big Ten team except Ohio State, who’s 5-11 record is last in the conference. Head coach Helen Knull believes a talented conference could make entry through an at-large bid difficult. “For us, at this point, in terms of postseason, realistically we have to win the tournament to make it,” Knull said. “To get in at-large, just with the strength of the conference right now. It’s going to be really hard to get in at large. Tournament is where we’re going to really focus our energy and look to finish.” The last two losses show that though MSU has proven itself as a player in the conference, the team hasn’t quite reached the next level of play. MSU had an identical 3-0 conference record to Penn State two weekends ago, who they fell to in double-overtime. MSU and Northwestern were both 3-1 going into Saturday’s match. Last Saturday, the Spartans couldn’t convert on shot attempts, which cost them down the stretch. Those were two opportunities for the Spartans to make a statement against higherranked competition, and twice they fell short. However, there is something to be said about taking Penn State to two overtimes, as a few unlucky breaks ultimately cost them the game. As Big Ten Tournament approaches, the team has its sights set on defeating Iowa. From there, they can reestablish themselves as a team that isn’t to be taken lightly. “We’ve proven to ourselves we can play with anyone in the Big Ten,” said Knull. “We need to practice next week and get ready for Iowa, and get ready for Big Ten tournament. But it’s going to be key to keep focus and keep believing.” Senior midfielder Kristen Henn’s college career is winding down. The next week will determine how she, along with the rest of the graduating class, finish their time at MSU. “We’ve all said all year you want to leave without the feeling of leaving any regrets,” Henn said. “That goes for the seniors and down for the freshman to the end of season. We have a big game coming up against Iowa, they’re a great team and we have a good week of practice to get there and look towards it.”