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With the word “Izzo” on his chest, then-marketing junior Wilson Shaner stands for the national anthem during the 2012-13 season. MSU defeated Michigan, 75-52, on Feb. 12.

Expectations have never been higher as No. 2 MSU sets sights on championship run this season By Derek Blalock and Matt Sheehan

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he five-month journey begins tonight. Ask any MSU men’s basketball player what their goal is for the season, and

the same answer will come every time. It’s not to improve their draft stock

or grab as many minutes as possible, but a shared team goal that rests about 1,135 miles away — winning the national championship in Arlington, Texas. The road to Arlington starts when the Spartans take on McNeese State at 7 p.m. at Breslin Center. If the Spartans come up short and fail to make the Final Four, it will be the first time head coach Tom Izzo has not sent a fouryear player to the elite stage. See SEASON on page 2 u

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Police Brief Student hit on bike A student on a bicycle was struck by a car at about 10 a.m. Nov. 5 near Shaw Lane and Wilson Road, according to police. The 22-year-old female student was riding in a crosswalk on West Shaw Lane east of Wilson Road, when she was hit by a blue sports car with tinted windows, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. The car hit the back tire of her bicycle, causing her to launch over her handlebars. The student later was transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for minor injuries. KATIE ABDILLA ac a d e m i c s & a d m i n i s t r at i o n

Pay gaps continue Pay gaps remain a problem at many universities, including MSU, and not all efforts to fix the problem are created equal. Western Michigan University has made a direct effort to make pay equal, but it has caused tension and turmoil between the faculty and provost, reports say. The pay gap between men and women professors at MSU recently came to light, but it remains unclear if the university will make a concerted effort to fix the problem. JUSTINE MCGUIRE

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Izzo says this team is his best chance for a title in more than a decade; players feeling pressure from page one

Speaking for the team, sophomore guard Gary Harris erased any doubt the streak isn’t already weighing on the players’ minds. “We want to keep that streak going for coach (Izzo) and his legacy, and for ours as well, so we have to win this year,” Harris said during media day on Oct. 22. Have to win. That is the kind of culture Izzo created starting in the 1998-99 season, when he sent his first Final Four banner to Breslin Center’s rafters. At the end of the next season, in 2000, Izzo produced his first national championship and MSU’s second. He came up short the following year. Despite losing players to the NBA Draft and graduation, Izzo said he believed his 2001 squad would repeat. Thirteen seasons later, Izzo made it known this could be the team to deliver his second national title. “Other than (the 2001 team), I don’t think we’ve ever had as good of a chance,” Izzo said. In 2010, the team opened up with similar expectations, but ultimately fell flat, posting a 19-15 record and suffering a firstround exit at the hands of UCLA. Junior forward Alex Gauna, who was redshirted that season, didn’t hesitate to name the difference between the team three years ago and the one that will take the floor tonight. “Our team chemistry now is 10 times stronger than it was three years ago,” Gauna said. “That’s going to carry that into a different direction. We didn’t have that my freshman year, and obviously that hurt us losing in the first round.” Spartan stars After senior center Adreian Payne and sophomore guard Gary Harris passed on the 2013 NBA

Draft last spring, basketball pundits immediately cast MSU as a national title contender. Since coming back, Payne and Harris already have been named to numerous preseason All-American lists, as well as award watch lists. “Harris is illegal because I ask NBA guys that come in — I asked one that came in today — how many have a shooting guard that is maybe one of the best defenders? They say the same thing. That’s un‑American. That’s unallowed,” Izzo said. Not only does MSU have its stars back, the team also returns the bulk of its lineup, including Appling. The three-year starter at point guard has struggled adapting to the position, but Izzo said he has improved over the summer. “I thought about pulling him in the seventh inning, and I decided to keep him where he’s at,” Izzo said about possibly switching him from the point guard position. “I think he went from just trying to be a scoring point guard or maybe looking for a shot first, and now sometimes, he’s almost looking for it second.” Back to full strength The Spartans also will enter the season after having one of the healthiest summers during Izzo’s tenure at MSU. Although they finished with a Sweet 16 appearance last season, the Spartans battled injuries the entire summer prior, as well as throughout the course of the season. Despite not missing a game last season, junior guard/forward Branden Dawson missed out on a summer of development prior to the 201213 season. He missed critical time with the team after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the final regular season game his freshman year against Ohio State. This summer, Izzo said he got to develop in ways he couldn’t after the injury. “He definitely appears to me to have all his athleticism back, and he appears to have definitely improved his shooting,” Izzo said. “He’s improved his confidence and that’s going to help us.” Harris and junior guard Travis Trice also have a clean bill of health.

Harris battled with injuries all of last year, and Trice missed the entire summer prior to last season because of a mysterious brain infection. The infection caused Trice to drop a great deal of weight. Izzo said Trice was the most improved player over the summer and is in the best shape of his life. Harris hopes the whole team can stay healthy. “This is the first time we’ve all been healthy since I’ve been here,” Harris said. “(The) beginning of the season last year, we had injuries here and there. This is the first actual time we’re going in when everybody’s healthy. Everybody’s ready to play.” Anyone, anywhere, anytime Once again, Izzo has put MSU in a schedule tough enough to make other coaches wince. Looking at the season’s slate, nine opponents played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, with six other teams playing in other postseason tournaments. At media day, Izzo pointed out how his best seasons started with a testing schedule. “I think most of the Final Fours I’ve been in, we’ve had the team with the most losses, and I think some of that is because of what we do (playing tough schedules),” Izzo said. Right off the bat, MSU will square off against Kentucky in the Champions Classic — a No. 1 against No. 2 matchup. Payne, among all the other players, stayed mum on Wednesday when asked about the season’s biggest non-conference game. “We’re not allowed to talk about Kentucky right now,” he said. “We’re just taking it a game at a time and just trying to get prepared. The only thing that can really hurt us is if we don’t come out and play (Friday against McNeese State) to the best of our ability.” Less than a month after their early-season test, MSU will welcome No. 12 North Carolina for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The grueling Big Ten schedule will shortly follow, and Izzo believes the conference will show more

Continued power than last season. “The Big Ten, to me, top to bottom I think is going to be better,” Izzo said at media day. “I don’t think the top will be quite as good, we had some really, really good teams. I think we’ll still have four or five really, really good teams (though). “ Izzo also mentioned how Penn State and Iowa will show major improvement this season — making every game a legitimate challenge. The top dogs fighting MSU for the title will be No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 20 Wisconsin, and Indiana, who fell just outside of the Associate Press preseason poll. This season, Big Ten play will be interrupted with an oddity — a non-conference game in New York City against Georgetown during Super Bowl weekend. "(My players said they) came to play the best schedules,” Izzo said. “Sometimes you get what you wish for, and sometimes it’s negative, sometimes it’s positive. I think this is a positive thing. They’re going to play the best teams.” ‘We don’t play Kentucky next, we play McNeese’ Harris made the team’s focus clear at MSU’s practice Wednesday. “We don’t play Kentucky next, we play McNeese,” Harris said. “They’re the first team on our schedule, we gotta get started on the right foot and get the first game of the season before we can worry about the second game or any other game after that.” With a highly anticipated matchup looming against No. 1 Kentucky, MSU only has one hurdle to clear before the Spartans can start to think about the trip to Chicago for the Champions Classic.


That hurdle is McNeese State, in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Cowboys, hailing from Lake Charles, La., finished last season with a 14-17 record and only have made two NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournaments, in 1989 and 2002. Although McNeese State isn’t a basketball powerhouse and all eyes are on Tuesday’s game against Kentucky, Izzo said his team needs to understand there will be a target on the team’s back because of the high ranking. Payne said it’s tough with the immense expectations, but the team is just trying to get better each day. With the loss of only senior center Derrick Nix from last season’s squad, Payne said he believes this team shoots and runs better. “Only thing that can really hurt us is if we don’t come out and play to the best of our ability,” Payne said. “We can’t come out and have one bad half and a good second half, that won’t do us no justice.” The Cowboys will play the Spartans without star Desharick Guidry, who posted 12.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game last year. Guidry will miss nine games because of academic-related reasons. McNeese State will be led by junior point guard Kevin Hardy, who averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. After months of preparing for the season of their lives, the Spartans are anxious to get out in front of the crowd at Breslin Center. “I’m kind of looking forward to it — we need to play,” Izzo said. “These guys have been practicing for 30, 40-some days and that’s a long time to practice without a game.”

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Feds implement new programs to help student loan borrowers


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Drumming to a new beat East Lansing residents Taro Taylor and Ricard Taylor street perform Oct. 30 2013, on Grand River Avenue. The Taylor brothers street perform and play at open mic nights around East Lansing.

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The U.S. Department of Education is hoping to eradicate some of the misunderstanding around ways to pay back student loan debt with a new outreach program designed to teach graduates about more affordable options when paying back their loans. In a statement released t h i s we e k , t he depa r tment said it w ill be sending emails about loan payment options to about 3.5 million recent graduates. The department also will be sending a “financial aid toolkit” to guidance counselors across the country aimed to give them resources and ways to help their students repay their loans. The department will be notifying students via email about an option that has been available since 2009. The system, called IncomeBased Repayment, determines someone’s monthly loan payment based on their income instead of the amount of money borrowed. The other option is a system called the standard loan. This system gives the borrower 10 years to pay the money back, and the monthly payments are based off the total amount owed. Which system is right for which borrower depends on the financial situation of the student, said Val Meyers, the associate director of the MSU Office of Financial Aid.

The department recently created an outreach program to help grads learn about loan payment options “For a standard loan, if you haven’t borrowed that much, paying it off in 10 years is doable,” she said. “But if you don’t have a job or borrowed a lot is is harder.” Meyers said the income-based repayment system is better for students who have a low income. If their incomes go up, however, she said problems could arise, because the payments go up as well. The goal of the system is to educate borrowers about options that are available, she said. “The biggest goal is not to have people do this, but just to make sure people know it’s there,” she said. “A lot of borrowers just don’t know, so they might give up and default when they really don’t have to.” The outreach program is part of a national plan championed by President Barack Obama’s administration to make college more affordable throughout the country. During a telephone press conference held last month, Duncan said attending college “has never been more expensive.” In a recent statement, Duncan said making information more available could save student borrowers from stress in the short term. “Reaching out to borrowers to ensure that they have the information they need to manage their student loan debt is an important part of the administration’s proposals to improve college value and affordability,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in the statement. Obama’s long-term goal is to develop a new college rating system by 2015, which lawmakers could use to offer more funding or scholarships to schools with the best value and return on student investment. Staff writer Michael Gerstein contributed to this report.

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East Lansing resident Ricard Taylor plays bucket drums on Oct. 30 2013.


he year 2003 was a rough one for East Lansing resident Ricard Taylor. He was going through a rough divorce when his older brother, Taro Taylor, convinced him to try street performing with him in Detroit. “He said, ‘Let’s try it for a year. See what we can do, see what we can make of it,’ and we did it on the streets there

and we got a lot of love shown to us,” Ricard Taylor said. The brothers started playing in their hometown of Detroit but soon moved on to Seattle, Wash.; Portland and Coos Bay, Ore.; Traverse City, Mich., and East Lansing. “My favorite is East Lansing,” Taro Taylor said. “I feel like it’s new enough to them, it’s not really new in the world, but it’s at least new enough. “Probably because it’s a college town, the vibe and the percentage of people that I meet

they’re like ‘Woah, man! That’s cool!’ East Lansing is definitely the best.” The brothers often perform open-mic nights at local bars, but more commonly frequent places such as the alley near P.T. O’Malley’s or by the bridge behind the MSU Library after football games. The two brothers have completely different views on where their future will take them.

Ricard Taylor is hoping to use his music hobby to start a philanthropy business that will help disenfranchised people in communities. Taro Taylor wants to keep working and pushing his musical career forward. “I’m a street performer, but my main focus is performing,” Taro Taylor said. “My brother and I are working on an album and we’re looking to start gig-

ging in East Lansing. “I’m just kind of headed into another level of performance. The street is just the beginning.” — Margaux Foster, The State News

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Students might not have to serve their jury duty during college semesters if the state Senate approves a new state bill the House OK’d last Wednesday. Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, introduced the bill, which would let full-time college students postpone duty until the end of the school year. Supporters say the proposed legislation would make it easier on students who might find it arduous to coordinate while attending classes. “Students have enough to focus on during the school year without the added stress of serving on a jury,” Cotter said in a statement. “Many students attend school hours

“Students have enough to focus on during the school year without the added stress of serving on a jury.” Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant

away from home, and (the) added pressure of traveling in addition to missing class can be extremely overwhelming.” Students — like all U.S. citizens (except those with disabilities or those who would incur “extreme financial burden”) — would still have to be jurors at some point. High schoolers already can postpone jury duty. The legislation would extend that right to those attending public universities, community colleges and other higher education institutions. It’s unclear how exactly it would impact local courts. Denise McCrimmon, the East Lansing District Court administrator, doubts the legislation

would have any effect on the court. The city doesn’t track the number of jurors who happen to be students, it’s impossible to say whether this would make it harder to find enough jurors. People are simply assigned a number by the Secretary of State, qualifying by their residency, McCrimmon said. Jurors serving in East Lansing, for example, would have to be residents of the city — which MSU students are. It’s unlikely the law would have any fiscal impact on the state’s courts, said Kyle Jen, deputy director of the House Fiscal Agency.



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Several environmental films will be screened at the East Lansing Film Festival, and MSU officials and local community members will be speaking about the films in a panel discussion on Saturday. The films being shown are “Trashed,” about the impact of littering; “More than Honey,” about the importance of honeybees and “Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America,” about food cooperatives. The films will be screened at the festival this weekend, and the panel is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Wells Hall. Sustainability Education Coordinator Lauren Olson will be talking about “Trashed,” and how MSU is looking at waste reduction. “The film is about our consumption habits, and at MSU, we’ve done well reducing landfill waste and promoting recycling,” Olson said. The Office of Campus Sustainability will be collecting unwanted items at the panel. They will accept books, appliances and working or non-working electronic waste. Meghan Milbrath will speak on the documentary “More than Honey,” based on her honeybee research with Zachary Huang, an MSU associate professor in entomology. She said in Michigan, 30 to 40 percent of honeybees die

during the winter, and the population as a whole is struggling. “There are a lot of things affecting bees in Michigan, like diseases and pests,” Milbrath said. “But another part of it is loss of plants and flowers, which is something people are responsible for.” Pesticides used on crops and urban development of natural areas take away important food sources for honeybees, and poor nutrition also is having a negative impact on the bee population, Milbrath explained. Also speaking at the panel is East Lansing Food Co-op General Manager Dave Finet, whose business is sponsoring the film “Food For Change: The Story of Cooperation in America.” “It’s a movie about the history and future of food co-ops,” Finet said. “We’re hoping it’ll answer questions people might have about how food co-ops work.” At the East Lansing Food Coop, anyone can buy a share in the co-op but no one can buy more than one, so it always will be community-owned, Finet said. “You don’t need a share to shop here — it’s not like Sam’s Club,” Finet said. “It’s open to everybody.” The cooperative makes an effort to be more sustainable, building community gardens and exploring solar energy, Finet said. “I think the most important thing folks can get out of the film is knowing the difference between co-ops and other businesses, and why they’re good organizations to support,” he said. “They support the community in ways other businesses don’t.”

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“Pay gaps remain a problem at many universities, including MSU, but not all efforts to fix the problem are created equal.”

beggars have right to ask for change EDITORIAL BOARD Ian Kullgren editor in chief Summer Ballentine Opinion editor Celeste Bott staff representative Anya Rath minority representative Casey Holland staff reporter


t isn’t uncommon to be approached by someone begging for spare change while walking along Grand River Avenue. However, until about four weeks ago, the act of panhandling was actually considered illegal under East Lansing’s City Code. Little has changed in the city since then, a sign that the policy was unnecessary to begin with. The ordinance wasn’t even firmly enforced.

The ordinance was repealed during East Lansing City Council’s Oct. 15 meeting following a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s case of Speet v. Schuette. The ruling made it unconstitutional for cities to ban begging within the state of Michigan. While we applaud East Lansing for being the first city to repeal the ordinance, it’s unfortunate this rule ever existed. The city has no right to penalize anyone for peaceably asking for spare change, and policies against beggars discriminate against some of the city’s neediest citizens. The former law went against a person’s right to freedom of speech; asking a passerby for a spare dollar to buy a cup of coffee is everyone’s right. Only on private or business-owned property, complete with “no loitering” signs, would these people be overstepping their boundaries. However, there always will be certain people who don’t want to be inconvenienced by someone taking 10 seconds out of their day to ask for bus fare. If beggars made crude remarks to pedes-

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trians, or if t heir attempts take a turn for the violent, then it would make sense to be annoyed or even frightened when approached on the street. But this shouldn’t be a huge concern while meandering down Grand River Avenue — compared to a lot of other city streets, East Lansing is relatively tame. Not only that, but violent responses from beggars are a rare occurrence around the city. If they’re turned away, they often leave and move on to the next person they happen to catch walking past. Community members have expressed concern over having beggars show up on their doorstep and possibly overstaying their welcome. This was hardly a pressing issue before the ordinance was repealed, though, and it doesn’t make sense that it would become one after. Repealing the ordinance does not create any new opportunities for beggars, nor is it likely that they would start flocking to neighborhood houses and start

going door to door. Of course, every scenario is different. It’s impossible to predict whether the situation could become out-of-hand, but that’s on a person-by-person basis. Taking away an ordinance not many people seemed to be aware of won’t morph beggars into obnoxious and possibly dangerous people. All has been calm on the city’s streets in the four weeks since the repeal, and no drastic changes have been noted as a result of it. It isn’t anyone’s business if a person asks for change on a public sidewalk, and trying to change that only takes away their rights as citizens.

Just so you know


“For Michigan fan, issues arise at Saturday’s game” “This article tries to make this guy sound like a victim. He did something against stadium policy and they actually called him out on it. Yes, people usually get away with it, but this time they didn’t. No story here.”

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Was Conner McCowan’s sentencing fair?

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40 50 60 70 80 PERCENT Total votes: 48 as of 5 p.m. Thursday

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“If it is stadium policy, it needs to be enforced ALL THE TIME! We shouldn’t pick and choose when we are going to enforce rules. People students swap IDs all the time for games. Either allow it all the time, or don’t allow it at all.” Frank, Nov. 7

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“Not a student, wrong sex for the ID, wearing opposing colors---the stadium staff is willing to overlook a lot on game day, but if you dont’ get it that there is a limit as to how obvious you can be that you’re trying to enter the student section improperly, then there’s no reason to have any sympathy for you or your MSU friend.” Steve, Nov. 7

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Casual relationships don’t always end that way


inding love isn’t exactly a top priority for most college students. A person’s college years are the beginning of their freedom, their life without chains. So why would anyone want to be tied down in a relationship? This is where the new trend “Relationship Lite” comes into play. Technically, it’s a trend that has been occurring for ages and is now equipped with a name. According to a blog on by Jill Di Donato, the concept of Relationship Lite is simple: It’s an arrangement between two people who go out together, watch movies together, cuddle, tease each other, meet each other’s friends and, of course, have sex. These activities that are usually relationship-driven simply lack the ties of an actual romantic relationship. It’s like drinking diet soda or fatfree ranch; it looks like a relationship and tastes somewhat similar to a relationship, but it’s stripped of a few of its key parts that make it a relationship so it is better for the consumer. I could see this being a healthy scenario in a college town setting. I don’t want to spend my college

and needs that are or are not being years fretting over whether I’ve said tended to. Not only that, but both the wrong thing to my boyfriend or need to be able to tell when it’s time struggling endlessly to decode what’s kiss the other goodbye, and walk going on in his brain — I’m already away before it gets too messy. on the verge of pulling my hair out We’ve all seen the movies: Boy trying to find the time to study. meets girl, boy and girl Still, it’s always nice to don’t want commitment, go out on dates or even staff reporter so boy and girl fall into a spend an evening inside, no-strings-attached relasnuggled up next to sometionship with each othone while watching a mover. After an hour and a ie. I think that most peohalf of laugh-out-loud and ple, whether they realheart-touching moments, ize it or not, crave the boy and girl realize that interactions couples doing all of these relashare. The only thing tionship-esque things has they don’t have a huncasey holland ger for is the actual “ led to them developing feelings for each other. ple” part of the equation. Normally, I don’t refIn an ideal world, the erence movies when it comes concept of Relationship Lite would to real-world relationships, but work without a hitch. One perthis is one concept that hits the son would do their own thing and nail directly on the head. the other would do theirs, and they Intimacy, affection, love — these still would have each other to fall are three things that can’t be forced, back on after a painfully long day. but also can’t be pushed aside. Two It might seem flawless, but people can participate in these datthe idea still has the potening activities on a regular basis tial to end in disaster. and claim that they feel nothing or A certain level of maturity is that it’s all casual fun, but they’re required to maintain one of these going to get to know each other durrelationships. The blog states that ing that process. They’re going to both parties must be totally open learn the other’s amusing and irriwith each other about their wants

tating quirks, what makes them laugh and what makes them tick. Whether they actually like the person they get to know is an entirely different story. Eventually, some sort of bond is going to form. This bond doesn’t have to lead to love, but it could, and anyone who attempts a Relationship Lite scenario should be aware of that. Worse than that, it could end with only one party developing those feelings, which will lead to that person watching sad movies as they eat a carton of ice cream. In other words, even the nostrings-attached Relationship Lite can end in heartbreak. Is it possible to make it work? Yes. Anyone who’s set firmly in their ways and knows without any doubt they don’t want, or need, a relationship can maintain a Relationship Lite. It’s a healthy concept during this day and age as you get your first taste of freedom. However, keep in mind that if it looks like a relationship and acts like a relationship, it has the potential to become a relationship. Casey Holland is a State News staff reporter. Reach her at

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Lansing resident and tattoo artist Nate Kraus draws a tree tattoo on Dimondale, Mich., resident Brianna Schafer Thursday at Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio, 515 E. Grand River Ave. Kraus has been a tattoo artist for eight years. THE STATE NEWS nn


or the past 16 years, the East Lansing Film Festival has been dedicated to bringing diverse, independent and foreign films to East Lansing. This year, Michigan’s largest film festival has returned, running through Nov. 14 and screening 72 documentary and feature films at Wells Hall and Studio C!, in Okemos. The festival features everything from dramatic films about social issues to hilarious films about p e r s on a l pr oble m s . After coordinating two film festivals in San Francisco for three years each, festival Director and new city council member Susan Woods took her film festival experience and founded the East Lansing Film Festival in 1997. — Ariel Ellis, The State News

As he delicately dips the needles into the vibrant ink, Nate Kraus exudes quiet peace. With determined precision, he shades a tree on a girl’s calf with splashes of greens, pinks and browns. Kraus, a tattoo artist at Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio, cannot pinpoint how many tattoos he has completed in his eight years as a professional tattoo artist. “I don’t know,” Kraus said, laughing. “Two to four (tattoos) a day, I work four days a week.” Kraus, a lifelong Lansing resident, always has been an artist. “I’ve drawn as early as I can remember,” Kraus, 32, said. “I think art is all around us every single day whether we realize it or not.” Kraus took college-level art classes sporadically throughout high school. After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School, he worked a number of odd jobs such as mixing paint in a factory and working in a warehouse. Tattoos always had intrigued him and after he got his first one — the heavy-metal band Slipknot’s tribal ‘S’ logo — Kraus was sucked into the world of permanent ink. He began his apprenticeship at Liquid Tattoo in Lansing at 24 years old. He started by practicing on grapefruits, honey-

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dew melons and pig ears. “A lot of it was really nervewracking,” he said. “Some people were a little hard on me, but that’s a lot of going through an apprenticeship. ... You’re putting something permanent on someone’s body — You’re getting in their bubble.” The first tattoo he ever inked was of a camel on his mentor’s

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It all comes down to this. The last game of the regular season for the No. 18 MSU men’s soccer team (9-4-3 overall, 2-2-1 Big Ten) against Michigan (8-5-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten), and senior day presents the Spartans with one emotional afternoon at DeMartin Stadium, in the Battle for The Big Bear Trophy. “We’ve got to show some mental toughness and relish the moment,” head coach Damon Rensing said. “We’ve got a good group of leaders, and they’re looking forward to playing a game against a very good Michigan team, who is playing really good right now. We’re both proud programs and we both want to represent the state to the best of our abilities.” Last year, Michigan spoiled MSU’s chances at the regular season Big Ten title with a 1-0 win in Ann Arbor, but the Spartans got them back in the Big Ten tournament after an overtime goal by then-freshman midfielder Sean Conerty. Senior defender Kevin Cope said there’s a different feeling in the air leading up to the game. “It’s huge,” he said. “There’s no other way to put it. We live for this stuff. Everyone gets a little excited and there’s a lit-

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champions classic set to continue Yesterday afternoon, ESPN announced the annual State Farm Champions Classic will be renewed for three more years. The Champions Classic is an annual basketball doubleheader headlined by powerhouses Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and MSU. The event started in 2011 and will be renewed through 2016, with the next three years hosted in Indianapolis, Chicago and New York City. This year’s Champions Classic will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the United Center in Chicago. No. 2 MSU will be pitted against No. 1 Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. The second game will be at 9:30 p.m. with No. 4 Duke playing No. 5 Kansas. The four teams participating in the Champions Classic have a combined 17 NCAA National Championships since 1939. Kentucky leads with eight, followed by Duke (four), Kansas (three) and MSU (two). “We all knew it was a great event when we first signed on, but it certainly has exceeded our expectations,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “Three years ago I said the Champions Classic was like having a Final Four in November. Just look at this year’s event, and it’s possible the collection of teams is even better than most Final Fours.


Field hockey shuts out Indiana in tournament opener

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Consecutive years MSU men’s basketball has won its home opener.

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Senior midfielder Brent McIntosh and Notre Dame midfielder Robby Gallegos battle for possession of the ball Tuesday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans lost to the Fighting Irish, 2-0.

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tle more of an edge for the week. All the practices are more intense and everybody’s a little more motivated to get that win.” Saturday also will mark the end of a career for six seniors. Cope, midfielder Brent McIntosh, defender Ryan Thelen, defender Wesley Curtis, midfielder Cody Henderson and goalkeeper Bryce Dobbins will all play their final regular season game at DeMartin Stadium. Rensing said he’d rather focus on the group rather than individuals, and it’s been nice to start the culture where he can use this crop of seniors as an example for the rest of the team. “They’ve all had their own unique paths on how they got to this point in their career,” he said. “No career is a perfectly smooth path where there’s injuries or battling for starting spots, but these guys have all persevered and came out on top. I’ve been fortunate as a coach to work with these guys.” All of them said there are moments both on and off-field that will stick out in their memories, but for Dobbins, some off the field moments will be etched in his memory more than any other save or game. “The harlem shake video with the team, times in the hotel, on the bus” he said. “Those are some of the best moments on the bus on those long trips when

everyone’s awake at the same time and we do our chants or when (junior midfielder) Ben Myers leads ‘When The Saints Go Marching In.’” In the last four years, the Spartans have raked up a record of 42-29-11 with two NCAA tournament berths and a Big Ten tournament title. Curtis played a big role for the Spartans his first two years on the team, but then injuries sidelined him much of his junior and senior years. Still, he’ll never forget the first time he took the field as a Spartan, a 4-3 overtime upset of then-No. 6 Maryland in College Park, Md. “The first game was definitely an eye opener,” he said. “Against Maryland, when we won.” MSU and the seniors still have a trip to the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio ahead of them, and most likely an entrance to the NCAA Tournament. Henderson wants The Big Bear Trophy back, and was quick to respond when asked if a win against Michigan in the last regular season game of his career would be icing on the cake. “Oh yeah,” Henderson said. “That’s who you want to beat most. It’s our arch rival and we hate them.”

Combining these four elite programs in one event has provided a great tip-off event for the college basketball season, providing excellent

exposure not only for the schools involved, but also the sport during a crowded time on the sports calendar.” Derek Blalock

Junior forward Abby Barker has Indiana’s number. Barker posted her second threegoal game of the season , during her second game of the season against Indiana, on Barker Thursday helping MSU shut out the Hoosiers 6-0 and advance to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans saved perhaps their most complete effort of the season for the most important game. MSU now is looking to keep its tournament run alive against Ohio State. MSU outshot Indiana 15-10 and assisted on five of six goals.

Barker scored her hat trick on four shots, and senior midfielder Adelle Lever, sophomore midfielder Mallory Tyler and redshirt sophomore forward Claire Johnson also scored for MSU.

Junior forward Abby Barker recorded her second hat trick of the season against Indiana in MSU’s 6-0 win yesterday Senior goalkeeper Molly Cassidy had two saves in 61 minutes of action. Freshman goalkeeper Sierra Patton had two saves in the final minutes of the game. Indiana’s Hannah Boyer received a yellow card in the second half. Barker scored the first goal of the game, a deflection to the right of the cage assisted by Ahern. Barker followed eight minutes later with another goal, this time assisted by senior midfielder Katherine Jamieson. Barker

beat the goalie and sent the ball in on the right of the cage. MSU continued to roll, as Johnson scored her first goal of the season to give MSU a 3-0 lead with under six minutes remaining in the half. Johnson scored the goal off a rebound. The momentum continued. MSU attempted three shots in the first two minutes. The third one, attempted by Barker off a penalty corner, hit the back of the net. Lever entered the box score 44:23 minutes into the game to push the lead over the Hoosiers to 5-0. Tyler beat the goalie and sent the ball to the upper left of the cage shortly after, giving MSU a 6-0 lead over Indiana. It was Tyler’s third goal of the season, as junior forward Heather Howie recorded the assist on the goal. MSU will return to action today, when they take on Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

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