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Police Brief Man exposes himself in stairwell An indecent exposure incident occurred between 10 and 11:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Spartan Village, according to police. A 30-year-old female resident told police she was standing outside her apartment when she saw an unidentified male drive up in a silver sedan, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothianTaylor said. The woman told police the man walked up the stairwell. She turned away briefly, and when she looked back the man was masturbating. The man ran out of the building in an unknown direction. KATIE ABDILLA MSU SPORTS BLOG

Women’s basketball signs new recruits The women’s basketball team has taken on three new incoming freshmen players for the 2014-15 season, according to head coach Suzy Merchant, who yesterday announced the signing of three National Letters of Intent. Lexi Gussert, a 6-foot guard/forward, hails from Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Mich. She has been a three-year starter and two-year captain for her school, and already is Forest Park’s leading scorer with 1,891 points as she enters her senior season. CASEY HOLLAND

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that makes it hard,” Pat D’Agostino said. “We don’t know who did it or why.” The current Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. resident had no idea the news would send her on a tangled chase for the next two decades. Since that day, her daughter’s death has remained a mystery, bringing forth many suspects, but no concrete evidence linking any of them to her murder. The D’Agostino case is one of four unsolved murders in East Lansing, three of which involved MSU students or alumni. Two students disappeared, never to be heard from again – their bodies were never recovered. One more was gunned down on the outskirts of East Lansing. All four cases remain open, but few have struck recent leads. None have officially named suspects. The cases are not connected to one another, but their connection to the MSU communit y still shapes the lives of those who lost them. Although police persevere with investigations, some family members might never see answers to why their loved ones were taken. A new mission Once t hey heard t he n e w s , P at D ’A g o s t i n o and her husband Louis endured two anxious days before leaving their home in Maryland to meet with police and make funeral arrangements. When they sat down with police, the blurry details of what happened to their daughter became more clear. Her Nissan was parked in the complex’s parking lot. A male friend who lived in the complex, whom she visited often, was nowhere to be found. Although he was considered a person of interest at the start of the case, police quickly cleared him as a suspect. He has since died of natural causes. Until she finds out who killed her daughter, Pat D’Agostino’s persistence will not cease. Pat D’Agostino has corresponded with police since the beginning of the investigation. Throughout the

years, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy, the first detective on the case, said she has continued to contact detectives monthly and meets with police at least once annually. She made sure each of the cou nt less detec t ives who worked on solving the murder throughout the years were brought up to speed. “I wanna make sure they do their back issues on the case, they know what’s been done and (know) what their plans are on top of that,” she said. Mary Jean D’Agostino’s murder was featured on America’s Most Wanted in 2009. A few leads emerged, but none proved fruitful. Close connections Detectives on Mary Jean D’Agostino’s case followed up on nearly 40 leads initially and have continued to come up empty. So far, Murphy said, not even DNA taken from the scene has brought clarity. After graduating from MSU with a business degree, Mary Jean D’Agostino stayed in East Lansing and lived by herself. She suffered from many symptoms associated with depression, allowing few friends within her inner circle. “It was just one of these crimes where we didn’t have a lot to go on right from the beginning,” Murphy said. “All leads have really been exhausted, but she always calls, she always asks if there’s anything new, she asks if there’s any way that she can help. By reminding us of what her daughter meant to her, it motivates us to do whatever possible for her.” Mary Jean D’Agostino had run-ins with the law as well. Court documents show she committed at least five petty crimes, mostly retail fraud and larcenies beginning in 1980, and faced three separate felony charges. She had few close friends while living in East Lansing and became well-known among police. “She associated with a crowd of people that weren’t the most upstanding citizens, and because of that, she had contact with a lot of people that we felt would be suspects and no end to the amount of people that could’ve done this,” Murphy said. At one point, Mary Jean D’Agostino sustained selfinflicted burns on 60 percent of her body, rendering her hand-

icapped and unable to drive. She was trying to start fresh when her life was cut short. “She had some problems — she tried to resolve them, and then this happened,” Pat D’Agostino said. At the time of Mary Jean D’Agost ino’s deat h, many police depar tments didn’t have access to DNA technology. Small swatches of DNA evidence from the scene have become so degraded they no longer have evidentiary value. The age of the case itself remains a roadblock in finding a suspect. The longer the delay, the tougher the case is to solve, said East Lansing police Detective Scott Wriggelsworth, the current detective on the case. “I still think this is a solvable case, but as time goes on, people’s memories are not so good and evidence gets older,” Wriggelsworth said. “It becomes harder to solve, and for the prosecution, it’s harder to be able to charge somebody.” Looking for answers A more recent homicide also remains in the forefront of detectives’ minds — but this case has many more questions to answer, leading police to reach out to the public for help. This month marks five years since MSU student Krista Lueth left home for the last time. Lueth, 34, was last seen on Nov. 11, 2008, walking out of her home on Eureka Street in Lansing. That day, the horticulture student’s car stayed parked in the driveway. A dish of food sat on the stove. When she didn’t show up for her class at 6:30 p.m., friends grew worried. Her body was never recovered, but Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Tom DeClercq said Krista Lueth is considered dead. Police believe she was murdered. DeClercq said it was unusual for Lueth to not answer phone calls or go somewhere without giving someone her whereabouts. He said she likely would have left a trail by using her credit cards or tried to contact family if she was still alive. “There’s been no utilization of any of her credit cards,” he said. “She is totally vanished, and based on circumstances with the investigation, we believe she was met with foul play.” Last mont h, t he Michigan State Police announced

Continued “There is somebody somewhere that … knows something about this case.” Jeff Murphy, East Lansing police captain

a $100,000 reward from an anony mous donor for any information regarding Lueth’s disappearance. Krista Lueth’s father, St. Clair, Mich., resident Roy Lueth, contacted Michigan State Police about his daughter’s disappearance when she didn’t answer his phone calls. Roy Lueth did not return multiple requests for comment from The State News. The disappearance of another MSU student remains one of East Lansing’s oldest unsolved cases and has lef t police puzzled. Henry Ball was last seen on May 31, 1973. Earlier that year, Ball was the victim of an armed robbery. He was declared missing shortly before the case was slated to go to trial. Although the dust has been lifted from the case, Wriggelsworth said no significant leads have surfaced in years. “We’ve done some DNA work on it, but as for any real leads or tips, there hasn’t been any in quite some time,” he said. A night gone wrong Police still aren’t completely sure what happened on Dec. 11, 2010 — the day a 20-yearold was found dead in a car on Abbot Road. Earlier that day, officers from the Bath Township Police Department were investigating the 3600 block of Coleman Road after receiving reports that several gunshots had been fired. East Lansing police were on their way to help when they discovered the body of Adrian House, slumped over in a car on the 1600 block of Abbot Road with a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. The Detroit resident had no known connection to MSU. Police discovered House when they saw a crowd of people around the car. Wriggelsworth said House’s death could have come as a result of an earlier disagreement between two

groups of people, one of which was associated with House. “Basically it was just a disagreement at a party,” he said. “We don’t know if (House’s) people were partying or the other party was.” Moving forward For many unsolved cases, police believe technology plays a significant role in pinpointing a suspect and eventually solving them. With investigations hinging heavily upon DNA evidence, Wriggelsworth said current technology does not have the capacity to bring value to dissolved DNA taken from older crime scenes. In terms of homicides where bodies are never recovered, DeClercq said the lack of evidence makes it difficult for detectives to progress. “Although cases can be tried without a body, you wanna have the body and the location where the body was found,” he said. “Evidence around there would help develop the prosecution.” Mur phy said many cases, i nc ludi ng Ma r y Jea n D’Agostino’s, could revolve around simpler matters: word of mouth. “There is somebody somewhere t hat, even t hough it’s been twenty-something ye a r s, k now s s omet h i ng about this case that could tell us and could lead to the case being solved,” he said. “I really believe there is a witness somewhere.” D e s pite t he o dd s, Pat D’Agostino has not given up hope, a notion that keeps police pushing the case forward when possible. “There’s no closure until we know who did it,” she said. “The closure with me is not neglecting to try and find out who did it.” Anyone with information regarding Krista Lueth’s disappearance is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1800-773-2587.

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DTN unveils design drafts for Park District project Bicycle upkeep in winter weather As the snow melts and weather warms each spring, campus is pockmarked by long-forgotten bikes, corroded from a winter of neglect. But with proper maintenance, bikes can be ridden throughout winter without significant damage, MSU Bikes Service Center Manager Tim Potter said. Potter said the best option is to store bikes in a residence hall bike room or on a bike rack with a roof covering. The center offers a tune-up and winter bike storage for $85. — Simon Schuster, The State News

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A public meeting held Thursday evening gave community members and city officials a chance to see the first drafts of designs in a project that could drastically change East Lansing’s downtown landscape. DTN Management Co. hosted the third and final design charrette for the Park District Project, a massive overhaul of the west side of downtown that would incorporate a mixed-use space with dining, retail and hotel. The public meeting at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place looked at several designs featuring all the public input they have received throughout the almost twomonth public input process. DT N came to the meeting with two proposals in the hopes of creating a hybrid proposal to take to the East Lansing City Council at their Dec. 10 meeting. T he company would like to have a finalized site plan ready by the end of the year, said Tom Tooley, the presenter for DTN. DTN Vice President Colin Cronin said the public meeting process was merely the first step. “This is not the end, but truly the beginning,” he said.

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East Lansing residents Thom Law and Rita Richardson look at possible designs for the East Lansing Park District on Thursday.

“We’re just getting started with the hard work now.” The first option brought forward consists of an anchor restaurant at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue, a farmer’s market, a grocery store where Dublin Square restaurant currently is, an apartment structure and a park. Option two would relocate Evergreen Avenue to create a public green space, a similar corner restaurant on the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue. The plan includes a 12-story hotel and apartment structure that would be one of the tallest buildings in East Lansing. Councilmember-elect Susan

Woods said she preferred the second option. “I like option two because I like that plaza area, for the folk and jazz festival and everything else, also having the farmers market there,” she said. Woods did express concern with the height of the proposed hotel and apartment structure. “A building that tall is going to cast a shadow,” she said. “Traffic is also going to be an issue, there is only one lane to go straight through or turn left, so that backs up. I don’t know if they can create another lane or what they can do, but those are issues the city is going to have to deal with a lot.

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“Lube, lube, lube,” MSU Bikes Service Center mechanic Levi Dysinger said. He said the biggest problem students encounter come springtime is rusted parts, which a regular application of lubricant can prevent. Lubricant stops road salt and moisture from sticking to a bike’s moving parts.

Having more traction in slippery winter conditions is critical, Potter said. On Saturday from 10 to noon, a free workshop at the MSU Bikes Service Center will be held to educate cyclists on winter riding as well as teach them how to install studs into their wheels for improved grip on the snow and ice.

Potter said cable housing for brakes and derailleurs tend to get moisture inside of them, then can lock up in freezing temperatures. “Getting oil inside the cables helps a lot,” he said, because the oil will not freeze in low temperatures.

Expelled developer takes back key property in downtown redevelopment project By Geoff Preston THE STATE NEWS nn

A key piece of private property included in the proposed Park District project currently is back in the hands of a company associated with the failed City Center II project, according to documents filed with the Ingham County Register of Deeds. The property is a central part of the proposed Park District project, a massive redevelopment plan aimed at refurbishing about two blocks of blighted buildings near the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue. DTN Management Co. was awarded the project af ter a committee appointed by the Downtown Development Authority and East Lansing City Council determined the company’s proposal was the best choice for the community, in part because of its strong financial standing and community presence. ELBB LLC, a holding company affiliated with DTN Management Co., filed a series of documents transferring ownership interest of the former Citizens Bank building at 100 W.

“We’re perfectly accepting to move forward with a project that is on a smaller scale. ... The Park District is certainly going forward.” George Lahanas, East Lansing City Manager

Grand River Ave. to City Center Two Project LLC on Nov. 8. ELBB LLC first acquired rights to the property from ROB LLC in March. The property initially went into foreclosure in October 2012 under the ownership of CADA Investment Group LLC. Both CADA Investment Group LLC and City Center Two Project LLC are affiliated with Strathmore Development Co., the primary developer of the failed City Center II project deemed financially infeasible in June 2012. Scott Chappelle, the president of Strathmore Development Co., did not respond to requests for comment from The State News. DTN Management Co. President Colin Cronin said part of the foreclosure agreement with the companies allowed them the opportunity to redeem the property if they came up with the outstanding mortgage valued at $533,371.63 plus an annual interest rate of 24 percent in a certain amount of time.

He said the recent move on the part of City Center Two Project LLC is something they expected to happen eventually, and said he is in negotiations with Chappelle and others affiliated with the City Center II project on purchasing back the property. “The overall structure (of the project) hasn’t changed,” he said. “We have a very good relationship with him (Chappelle) and the other three people we’re talking to.” Cronin said he expects DTN still will be able to acquire the land and is confident the property will be a part of the Park District project. Curtis Hertel Jr., the Ingham County Register of Deeds, said the option to redeem the property from foreclosure was extended four times since the

original foreclosure. Hertel Jr. said the number of times the option to redeem has been extended is unusual. “The normal procedure is to have six months (to pay the money owed) — that particular one has been extended a ton of times,” he said. Throughout the process, Cronin told city officials the company had options to acquire private properties associated with the former City Center II project. DTN has exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase of the land until Dec. 11, a deadline that potentially could be extended. Even if the final design does not include the former bank building, East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said the Park District project will move forward regardless. “What (the transfer of propert y) means is one of t wo things, (DTN) will attempt to assemble the larger portion of land, but when we put out orig-

inal RFP out, it did not include t hat land,” La hanas said. “We’re perfectly accepting to move forward with a project




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Featured blog Ticket policy discouraging “MSU, I love you, but what are you doing? You see the empty bleachers at football games. You see the thin crowds in the Izzone during non-conference match-ups. So why, just why, are you making it harder for students to get through the gates and into the empty seats?”

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EDITORIAL BOARD Summer Ballentine Opinion editor Celeste Bott staff representative Anya Rath minority representative


he East Lansing Planning Commission finally is on the same page as students.

After a flood of criticism, the commission nixed a plan to cap the number of patrons allowed at downtown bars — a move that also would have effectively restricted the number of bars that could open in the future. On Wednesday, commissioners proposed changes to ease requirements currently placed on some bars and other restaurants that serve alcohol. The 50/50 ordinance mandates at least half of businesses’ sales come from food, although some bars — including Rick’s American Cafe — are grandfathered in and exempt. If the proposal gets approval from city council, up to 60 percent of sales could come from

alcohol for certain businesses. Restaurants that with. Whether the Read the rest online at could qualify for the new 60/40 ratio would 5 0/5 0 o r d i n a n c e have to have been open for at least two years, and a cap on patrons have fewer than 150 seats and serve lunch at would make much of a difference is even more least five days a week. For a city government that previously was questionable. It’s hard to bent on shifting the image of downtown from believe HopCat brought any dramatic shif t of a drunken college hangout to crime to the bar scene. If a classy cultural haven, this This always will be anything, fresh and interesting new proposal is much more a college town, and bars such as HopCat could help realistic. An organic shift in the atmosphere will take draw people to the city. Policies from the top down there always will be And we doubt allowing res- time and attention to the culture and creativity will not change the culture of students aching for taurants to shift sales to 60 per- of the patrons who already fill downtown. CreEast Lansing. This always will be a college town, and there a Peanut Barrel Long cent alcohol and 40 percent food ating more public spaces and outlets for both always will be students ach- Island after a week of will make much of a difference community members and students to express other than to make things easi- themselves will be infinitely more effective than ing for a Peanut Barrel Long studying. er on bars. Island after a long week of playing a numbers game with the bars and tryMore diversity of people and ing to force a different culture to take hold. studying. Restricting the number of people allowed in bars won’t make stu- businesses undoubtedly would help spur growth Instead of drafting policies to dramatically dents less interested in drinking, and expect- downtown. But adding variety does not require shift the face of the city, the commission should ing the atmosphere downtown to change by capping the number of bars. We should be sup- focus on tapping into the patrons that already planning for a few less bars is impractical, to porting the restaurants and bars that have man- are responsible for boosting business. Ditchaged to stay afloat, and even thrive, during ing the cap on patrons at bars and working to say the least. Although city officials argued that the change tough economic times. Altering the outdated change the 50/50 ordinance will help, but addiwould make the streets safer, it’s debatable 50/50 ordinance will do just that: lift restric- tional policies along the same vein must conexactly how unsafe the streets were to begin tions and help those businesses grow. tinue for the city’s success.

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Domestic violence victims don’t deserve blame


elationship violence isn’t just black and blue.

family, Schmittdiel said. I’m thankful I’ve never had to pick between a black eye and calling the Abusers aren’t police on someone I love. It can be easier for bystandalways the mean men or womers to pretend the victim did en we imagine them to be. something to deserve being They can be nice, sweet, thrown down a flight of stairs charming and loving enough or punched in the face. The burto draw their partners into den rests on their shoulders, not their destructive world. ours. We can go back to pretendEven after they broke up, ing that our friend still is a good Samuel Roberts’ girlfriend said person because his girlfriend he continued to assault her. pushed him so hard emotionally Roberts, a student, was charged he snapped. But regardless of the with holding his ex-girlfriend situation and regardless of how at knifepoint in his apartment many times a victim has gone against her will and taking her cell phone when she tried to call back to the person who left them bleeding on the floor, it’s not for help on Oct. 19. After years of emotional and physical abuse, their fault. It’s never their fault. Facing disbelief or blame from walking away isn’t so simple. “People who have experienced friends and family only makes life harder for surviolence in a relaopinion editor vivors. Already tionship also know victimized by their the other side of partner, they’re that partner,” said further isolatErica Schmittdied without supel, advocacy coorport from those dinator for MSU who care about Safe Place/Capithem. Schmittdital Area Response el said concenEffort, or CARE. trating in class “They like that Summer Ballentine and even sleepperson and want ing at night can their partner to be challenging. be that person all the time.” What’s worse, when we as Domestic violence doesn’t a community blame victims, always start we send a signal that domeswith a shove or a tic violence is excusable. Instead punch. Abusers of criticizing the people who wear their vicphysically abuse their parttims down, pushners, we question why vicing and pushing to see how far tims didn’t leave sooner. That’s a flawed arguthey can overstep ment to say the least. their boundaries, Don’t For those on the outside said. condemn Schmittdiel looking in, relationship vioAfter so many survivors. times of being lence might seem black and white. But loving somecalled “worthIf someone one who beats you black and less,” victims you know start believblue is anything but simple. Don’t condemn survivors. If ing their attackadmits someone you know admits to er, making it to being being physically assaulted, take even more difphysically ficult to leave. them seriously. No one should be blamed for being assaulted. A harsh word assaulted, Summer Ballentine is the State turns into a take them smack, but even News opinion editor. Reach her seriously.” then it’s hard to at walk away. After loving someone, Help for domestic it’s difficult to see violence victims anything but the best in them. Hoping that they mean it when MSU Safe Place: 517-355they say it was the last time 1100, and is less painful than admitting someone you love hurts you. Call 911 if you or someone The apologies and the you know needs immediate promises pile up; somemedical attention. times it takes years before victims finally tell police or

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It can be difficult to simulate the military atmosphere outside of overseas deployments and military bases. For four-plus years, veterans spent every waking moment surrounded by comrades; eating, sleeping and fighting, we rely on each other because that’s how we survive. When it comes time to start the next chapter of your career — being a student — often we feel unable to relate to our college peers. The opening of the Veterans’ Resource Center on campus provides a means to simulate the camaraderie of the military while attending classes and to once again lean on each other as resources and learn from the experiences of other student veterans here at MSU. While it is unclear what other resources the university will provide, simply having our own space might prove to be enough. If I learned anything while being a Marine, it was how to make do with what you have. The problem we veterans face is that other students and university officials can’t understand what we are going through simply because they haven’t done it themselves. It is no fault of anyone — we are a prideful group by nature and pointing out weaknesses isn’t one of our strong points. I couldn’t possibly know what it is like for a student to come here from China because I didn’t come here from China. Likewise, others here at the university cannot know what the transition could be like for us either. We are not the type of people that need to have our hand held or someone to tell us what to do; believe me, we have had enough of that. We need to know that there are others here at MSU who have gone through what we have. A common space might be all that we need. The common misconception of veterans is that we are ticking time bombs, which couldn’t be further from the truth. We just have a little more baggage than most. Our bad days are darker than others, but most of that can be solved with a phone call to a fellow veteran who is having the same problems you are. Give us the means to take care of each other, and we’ll do the rest.

“ Give us the means to take care of each other, and we’ll do the rest.”

Logan Stark served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2007-11. He completed three tours overseas, including one to Afghanistan with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment as a scout sniper. He currently is a professional writing senior.


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A lounge area with comfortable chairs greets visitors as they walk in. Further down a hallway, there’s a room with a small sign indicating where a computer lab might someday be, and another that might be a study lounge with a tutoring room next to it. Students will be able to get advice on GI Bill benefits and other resources available to veterans, and maybe even grab a free cup of coffee if all goes according to plan. This is what the university’s Veterans’ Resource Center will look like when it has its grand opening sometime in January or February. It’s empty right now — Thursday afternoon marked a soft opening, a sort of rough-draft of what’s to come. Administrators and those involved with the center’s creation, including Student Veterans of America MSU Chapter President Jerred Pender, spoke before they cut the ribbon blocking the entrance, letting in dozens of people eager to see the space. Pender, along with MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Denise Maybank, Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Acting Provost June Youatt all offered opening words before Pender cut the ribbon. University officials still are working with student leaders to hammer out the specifics of what services the center will offer, but the preliminary plans are in place. Many want the university to employ a full-time staff member who’s knowledgeable about GI Bill benefits and other services available for veterans, preferably someone who also was a veteran. Maybank said the university plans to create that position, but offered no timeline of when that will happen.

Still, administrators and student veteran leaders said the center is a significant step forward for the nearly 400 student veterans on campus. “It is not just that we get to stand here, cut a ribbon and acknowledge a space,” Maybank said at the ceremony. “It is that we get to acknowledge the people that matter most, and to recognize veterans as a part of the experience of Michigan State University.” Maybank acknowledged the center’s opening is just the beginning of an increased commitment to veterans at MSU. “So we gather for a longawaited and anticipated moment in relation to the space behind me. But I want you to know, even though it may not be completed, it is the start of something that will be meaningful for us for quite a long time,” she said. Bryan Chapman, a 42-yearold student veteran at the ceremony, remembered how difficult it was trying to navigate both the university and veterans affairs bureaucracies while going to school. “The place is so big; we were running back from (the Office of) Financial Aid, Student Services and the Administration Building, just trying to get some understanding,” said Chapman, a Muskegon, Mich. native who served in the Navy 20 years ago. Chapma n said w it hout a “go-to person” who works with veterans and understands the issues they face, university life can be confusing. “Then you couple that with all your life experience — your military service and other things you’re doing — and it can be daunting,” he said. “I think the purpose of this spot is to give us a central location, hopefully with somebody who is a veteran.”



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Lansing resident Elizabeth McMurray looks up from her work at her favorite soap opera program Wednesday at her alteration shop, located at 1810 E. Michigan Ave. McMurray has dozens of aprons hanging in her shop, a project she started in 2010.


or Lansing resident Elizabeth McMurray, her alteration shop is more than just a shop. It’s a platform to speak to the community. Liz’s Alteration Shop has been in the same spot for 35 years. Well wishes, thank you cards

and customer photos line the walls of her shop. “I consider them my friends, and I consider their kids my kids,” McMurray said. McMurray considers her sewing skills a gift from God. She writes presidents and other political figures prayers regardless of political party. She’s received letters from

every president since Eisenhower, with the exception of President Barack Obama. After winning a blue ribbon for sewing an apron when she was seven, the apron became a family symbol to her. McMurray has enjoyed the opportunities her job has afforded her to meet new people.

“I can help everybody and I do help everybody,” McMurray said.

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Complex Neighborhood, giving the greater Lansing community a chance to discover cultures from all over the world. The free festival will feature more than 30 student groups who will exhibit their fashion and musical talents. Children who attend can receive a

blank passport, travel to each country’s table, get their passport stamped and learn about each culture in an authentic way, said Amber Cordell, an international student advisor at the Office for International Students and Scholars. “It’s a really great

opportunity for people to appreciate the diversity at MSU and also to learn about countries from wonderful MSU students,” she said. The festival also will feature a fashion show and a gift shop with souvenirs from all over the world.

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Darqueze Dennard has been asked about it more times than he can count. And now, he’s out for blood. Last season, the then-junior cornerback returned a 96-yard interception on a pass by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for a touchdown, which would have put the Spartans in the position to beat the Huskers for the first time in history. Instead, the play was called back on a penalty, opening the door for the Huskers to score on their final drive of the game to defeat the Spartans, 28-24. Forced to watch Nebraska celebrate a game that just slipped through his fingers, Dennard can’t possibly undervalue the meaning of No. 14 MSU’s (8-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) matchup with Nebraska (7-2, 4-1) at Memorial Stadium (3:30 p.m., ABC). “For me personally, it’s a great challenge for me just knowing I can be able to make plays this weekend and hopefully I can get a pick six like I did last year that makes up for the last game. I’m just ready to go,” Dennard said. With a win Saturday, the Spartans can clinch a share of the Legends Division title and will be the front runner to represent the division in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. However, a loss puts the MSU in a tie for first place with Nebraska, with the Huskers holding the tie-


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breaker if the two teams win out. Even with a lot of football left to play, head coach Mark Dantonio said a win means something tangible for the Spartans in pursuit of a conference championship. “We’re to a point where we go to this game and we have an opportunity to at least clinch the Legends Division title if we win this football game,” Dantonio said. The game draws a few parallels to the 2011 season, where the Spartans traveled to Nebraska with a 6-1 record and the lone loss of the season coming from Notre Dame. But Nebraska, who finished 9-4 on the season, dominated the Spartans in a lopsided 24-3 affair. The Spartans finished the season 11-3, then lost a chance at the Rose Bowl after falling to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. The Spartans are looking to get back to the Rose Bowl in 2013, meaning that any road to Pasadena, Calif. will have go through Lincoln, Neb. — a fact welcomed by sophomore quarterback Connor Cook. “You’ve just got to take it one game at a time, but obviously a win here is a big time win, never beating Nebraska obviously, and then clinching a share for the Big Ten Championship game,” Cook said. “As long as we win, I’m not really trying to focus on if we win here, what if we win two games out of the remaining three or if we lose to Nebraska, we have to win the next two.”

With Martinez out, Spartans’ defense prepares for redshirt freshman Armstrong By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS nn

If Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez made the following statement about MSU, few would raise an eyebrow. “They are one of the best defenses in the country … but at the same time, they can be beat. Our offense, when we’re clicking, we’re clicking. I don’t think anybody in this country can stop us when we’re doing our thing.” After all, Martinez was the catalyst of Nebraska’s pair of wins against the Spartans since joining the Big Ten in the 2011 season. In MSU’s two losses to the Cornhuskers — by scores of 24-3 and 28-24 — the dualthreat Martinez accounted for 507 total yards and five touchdowns. But those words came from the mouth of redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., who is 5-0 since replacing Martinez under center this season while the four-year starter tends to a foot injury. It’s a bold statement for a young player entering his first encounter with the Spartans, who rank in the top-five nationally in total, scoring, rushing and passing defense. Martinez won’t be MSU’s kryptonite this season — or

anyone else’s, it appears. On Monday, his father told the Associated Press that Martinez has a “debilitating injury” that might not heal until February or March. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. “I don’t know if the chances are really good. It’s not a good injury to have,” regarding Martinez on the same day. T he C or n hu s k e r s h a v e turned to Armstrong, a 6-foot1, 220-pound native of Cibolo, Texas, as their starter. Fortunately for Nebraska, his skill set mirrors that of Martinez as a more-than capable runner and serviceable passer. Flanked in the backfield by the Big Ten’s leading rusher in running back Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska remains a formidable threat offensively with its trademark option attack. When the situation calls for a more aerial attack, though – as seen in a last-second Hail Mary win against Northwestern — the Cornhuskers have swapped Armstrong with senior Ron Kellogg III, a senior and more polished thrower. Head coach Mark Dantonio said there’s a noticeable difference in philosophy with each quarterback. “But the difference between A r m st r ong a nd Ma r t i nez (is) experience, but I think they’re going to try and do the same things with Armstrong long‑term that they do with Martinez,” Dantonio said. “Taylor was such a great runner that could take it the


Then-junior cornerback Darqueze Dennard runs for the end zone after making an interception Nov. 3, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. Despite returning the interception, a penalty on the play brought the ball back 90 yards. State News File Photo

distance as you saw last year when something broke down or whatever the case. So he’s a very good football player, but I do think that Tommy Armstrong is an exceptional football player as a redshirt freshman, and to take on that responsibility, he’s doing a tremendous job.” In the six games he’s played in this fall, Armstrong has thrown for 659 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions while adding 166 yards

and two scores on the ground. He’ll square off against the ferocious Spartan defense playing behind a patchwork offensive line with multiple starters sidelined for the year or facing uncertain timetables to return. “Tommy Armstrong is not going to be intimidated,” Pelini said at his press conference Monday. “That much I know. He’s going to be challenged, I can tell you that. He’s going to be challenged because (MSU is) good.”

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Since becoming a member of the MSU volleyball team, junior libero Kori Moster knew she wanted to leave her mark on the program. In her three years as a Spartan, her impact has been considerable. In addition to strong leadership, the co-captain has entered her name into Spartan lore. Last Friday during the 3-1 win over Northwestern, Moster became the all-time digs leader in the history of the MSU volleyball program. Moster now ranks 22nd all-time in the Big Ten in digs with 1,516. “Kori has been amazing in her time here, not only as a player, but as a leader and competitor,” head coach Cathy George said. “She’s been a main part of this team and has made an impact since game one.” Moster said beyond the accomplishment, she’s proud of the growth she’s seen in the program since she joined. “As a byproduct, we’ve become higher in the Big Ten,” Moster said. “We’ve made it further in the tournament. But the root of it all is how we interact with each other. You come in the gym and you see each person working hard for the rest of the team to be better. That transfers onto the court, how we play and the talent level that we have.” Senior setter and co-captain THE STATE NEWS nn nn

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Junior libero Kori Moster bumps the ball Nov. 1 during the game against Ohio State at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes, 3-0.

Kristen Kelsay said though Moster might not always receive the credit she deserves, she’s the engine that keeps the team running. “She’s libero, and she does the dirty work. She doesn’t always get the kill,” Kelsay said. “But she’s done a lot for this team, and just being a leader out there on the court at all times for us is something she excels at and she makes everyone around her better.” At the beginning of the season, Moster established that an extend-

ed postseason run is the expectation this year. For that goal to become reality, the No. 16 Spartans (19-7 overall, 8-6 Big Ten) will have to continue to succeed the regular season as they prepare for a road trip against No. 9 Nebraska and Iowa this weekend. MSU defeated Nebraska at home on Oct. 12, 3-1. But with a 2-6 Big Ten record over the last four weeks, the Spartans will face a challenge as the Cornhuskers

seek revenge on their home floor. “We’re capable of doing so many great things,” Moster said on the Spartans attempting to get back on track. “Doing those things consistently is what’s going to take us to the next level, especially when you’re playing a team like Nebraska that is going to try to exploit every weakness that you have.” MSU will play Nebraska on Friday at 8 p.m. and Iowa on Saturday at 8 p.m.

It’s been 4,965 days since the MSU men’s basketball team has been ranked the top team in the nation. But if the No. 2 Spartans (2-0 overall) beat Columbia (1-1) and Portland (1-1) this weekend, MSU most likely will reclaim the No. 1 ranking. The last time an MSU squad has topped the polls was on Jan. 7, 2001. That year MSU reached the Final Four for the third year in a row. On Tuesday, MSU defeated No. 1 Kentucky, 78-74, in the highly anticipated Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, almost guaranteeing a jump to the top of the polls if they can knock off both teams. But for the Spartans, it’s not the ranking that matters. “We want to be No. 1 at the end of the season, not the beginning,” senior point guard Keith Appling said after defeating Kentucky. The only roadblocks for MSU are the Columbia Lions and Portland Pilots, both of which the Spartans will play in the host round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Clas-

sic in East Lansing. MSU will play Columbia at 9 p.m. Friday night, and will play Portland at 7 p.m. Monday. Both games are at Breslin Center. This will be the first time MSU and Columbia have played each other, and is the first time Columbia has faced a Big Ten opponent since Dec. 11, 1993, when they played Penn State.

The Spartans are trying to avoid becoming Columbia’s first win against the Big Ten since the 1970-71 season If Columbia was to knock off the Spartans this weekend, it would be the first time the Lions have beaten a Big Ten team since the 1970-71 season. Both Columbia and Portland will be a tough test with MSU’s experience, ability to run the floor and rebounding prowess. “We’ve been trying to run since last year,” sophomore guard Gary Harris said. “We put a big emphasis on it this summer and we have the guys to do it. Everybody’s been in the gym conditioning all summer; this is what we worked for, to run like this.” With MSU being a host school, they will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to play Virginia Tech and either Oklahoma or Seton Hall from Nov. 22-23.






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MSU alumna Ann Chrapkiewicz performs awkward pose (utkatasana) during a class Thursday at her studio Bikram Yoga Capital Area, 1355 East Grand River Ave. Bikram yoga is the original hot yoga, which is done in a 105-degree studio with a variety of poses.

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Several times a week, MSU alumna Ann Chrapkiewicz steps into a room heated to 105 degrees to guide students and community members as they bend and stretch their bodies to maximize their own health. Chrapkiewicz, a ten-year veteran of the Bikram yoga style, otherwise known as hot yoga, opened East Lansing’s first Bikram yoga studio — Bikram Yoga Capital Area — earlier this year to the enthusiasm of residents. Bikram yoga is a sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The yoga is done in 90-minute sessions in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. Bikram yoga sessions are kept so hot for a variety of reasons, including to get participant’s heart pumping and oxygen flowing, and to detox the body by opening the pores to let out toxins. In 2003, Chrapkiewicz stepped into her first Bikram Yoga class in Ann Arbor after being convinced by a friend.

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Libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) Today is an 8 — It takes more study to figure costs. You have what it takes to make it work. Seek better tactics or convince others to try again. Make water part of the scenery, but keep it close to home. Support family. scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21) Today is a 9 — Frustration entangles. Sharing the load makes things easier and more fun, not just now but tomorrow too. Have faith in your partner, and make sure you know what you’re supposed to be doing. Minimize risks with planning. sagittarius (nov. 22-dec. 21) Today is a 9 — Your reputation precedes you. Share your future vision, venture farther out, and work smarter to make money. Save for a rainy day. Some temporary confusion could disrupt the calm. Restore peace with gentle music. capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is an 8 — Love what you do; do what you love. Then focus on the game. Soon you can relax. Move quickly now and save money. Follow a hunch, and you’ll learn more that way. Discover hidden treasure in plain sight. Aquarius (Jan. 20-feb. 18) Today is an 8 — There’s no need to spend what you don’t have. Use what’s at hand to improve your personal abode by cleverly repurposing something. Home and family take center stage now. Imagination lights up your writing. Fill it with love. pisces (feb. 19-march 20) Today is a 7 — Schedule carefully. There’s no such thing as a stupid question, but your timing could be off. Don’t speculate ... calculate. Congestion or breakdown could delay your plan. Make a call. Get help building your dream.

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