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Students walk across the bridge between the Main Library and Spartan Stadium on Nov. 7. The bridge features newly installed panels with designs inspired by the changing seasons on the Red Cedar. The panels are also part of the Water Moves MSU initiative. PHOTO: SYLVIA JARRUS

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... to pop-up exhibitions, the incorporation of art is beneficial if not expected.” The idea that art can liven up residents’ daily hen a bridge on campus needed routines is one that seems to be taking hold in repairing, MSU had two options: the region. Kata’s artwork over the Red Cedar fix the bridge, or fix the bridge with is not the only, or even the first, bridge makesome flair. over in the Lansing area this year. MSU chose the latter. The Public Art on CamOver the summer, the Under the Bridge projpus Committee, responsible for the placement ect transformed the US-127 overpass at Michand maintenance of artwork at MSU, held a igan Avenue into a mural-slash-light show, in contest where students could submit ideas for hopes of attracting more MSU students over artistic railings for the bridge. Interior design Lansing city lines. senior Gavin Kata heard about the contest and The overpass serves as a sort of unofficial borsubmitted a series of sketches, an ode to the Red der between the two cities, a border that before Cedar through changing seasons. the project was described as “sterile, ugly and “I received an email about it from my advising non-bikeable.” office,” Kata said. “I kind of knew of the area and Lansing artist Brian Whitfield, a four-time ArtI felt like I had a good connection to that area, Prize participant, was commissioned to paint and so I came up with this idea of having the the murals, which depict settings relating to four seasons as being the bridge panels there.” both Lansing and East Lansing. He described the Kata’s series of panels was chosen for produc- pre-renovation underpass as a “barrier” to stution, winning him $2,500 to help offset tuition dents crossing into Lansing, something he wantcosts. The bridge was fitted with an adapted ed to see changed. Having had past experience painting murals, Whitfield responded to the “Our lives are positively impacted by the city’s call for artists with a mix of excitearts at many different levels.” ment and ambition. “I live right near the area, so (the bridge) Stephen Troost, is kind of right in my Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Campus Planner backyard,” Whitfield said. “I just thought it was an exciting challenge. I’ve done version of Kata’s original design, focusing on murals before, so it’s just that kind of fit right his autumn sketches. Fitting into the “Water within what I do. I was a little nervous, but Moves MSU” theme of the year, Kata’s ideas I wanted to try to step up to that challenge.” were incorporated into the bridge’s design, to Whitfield, a graphic designer with the Michibe seen by anyone who crossed the Red Cedar gan Department of Transportation, said part of near the Main Library and Spartan Stadium. the inspiration for joining the project was in his “It’s a great honor to have that displayed in personal appreciation for aesthetically pleasing such a prominent area on campus,” Kata said. “I infrastructure. He agrees art can play a major was kind of blown away by the scale of it when role in improving quality of life in an area, an I first saw it, it was just amazing.” idea he’s seen MDOT take note of throughout The contest was “a win, win, win proposition” his career. — a necessary infrastructure project that could “When I’m traveling down the highway, landinvolve students and add a touch of creativity, scaping always strikes me; if it’s nicely landInfrastructure Planning and Facilities Campus scaped, I’m always affected,” Whitfield said. “It Planner Stephen Troost said. makes my drive much nicer, I feel much betTroost is a member of the Public Art on Cam- ter. ... It’s always nice to have a nice design, a pus Committee. According to him, one of the pleasing experience interacting with the area.” criteria the committee uses in determining what Under the Bridge was successful in shifting will be displayed is that artwork should be inte- public opinion on the Michigan Avenue corridor, grated into the architectural and green space Whitfield said. This is something that he believes planning for the campus. Troost believes it is not only boosts Lansing’s economic potential, important to keep art’s functionality in mind on but residents’ everyday lives. projects like these, as people pay attention to “Talking to the people on this project, they feel the artistic elements in infrastructure. better walking and biking and jogging and com“Whether it is ‘in your face’ or something much muting through the area,” Whitfield said. “They more subjective, our lives are positively impacted like walking under the bridge now instead of by the arts at many different levels,” Troost said having to avoid it; it was kind of dull and dinin an email. “From state transportation depart- gy. It had a definite impact on the way that peoments, to the design of transportation facilities ple feel about the community.” BY MAXWELL EVANS




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Nassar to plead guilty next week BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM

Ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is expected to plead guilty to 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct of the first degree in Ingham and Eaton counties. In Ingham County, a plea hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 22, according to court documents. The hearing will take place in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom. In Eaton County, a plea hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 29, according to court documents. Multiple criminal sexual conduct charges against Nassar in Ingham County court allegedly took place at MSU. MSU spokesperson Jason Cody said in a statement via email: “While it is not appropriate for the university to comment on reports of a plea deal, MSU from the beginning has sought justice in the

Larry Nassar case. As our president has said, we recognize the pain sexual violence causes and deeply regret any time someone in our community experiences it. We acknowledge it takes real courage for all victims of sexual violence who come forward.” Jury selection for Nassar’s Ingham County case is set to start Dec. 4. In addition to Nassar’s Ingham County charges, he also faces seven charges of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County Circuit Court. His Eaton County trial isn’t expected to begin until his Ingham trial is completed. The sexual assault charges Nassar faces in Michigan have a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nassar is accused of sexually abusing over 140 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. He was arrested in December 2016 on charges of possessing “at least 37,000” images of child pornography to which he has pleaded guilty. His sentencing for these charges is set for Dec. 7.

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Spartan seniors reflect on their path — and look forward to watching their team prosper



rom securing a berth in the college football playoff in 2015 to finishing the 2016 season with a 3-9 record, the lowest in the Mark Dantonio era, the 12 seniors on this year’s roster have experienced the highs and the lows of the Spartan football program. During the last four years, MSU has won two Big Ten Conference titles and came away with a stunning comeback over Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. For the seniors that redshirted their first year with the program, they were able to witness MSU’s unforgettable 2013 season, when the Spartans won a conference title after defeating Ohio State and a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford. Even with those victories, all the Spartans felt the disappointment of last year’s 3-9 season. Whatever lies ahead for MSU’s seniors upon conclusion of this season, they will have memories that will last a lifetime.

Early careers

Senior linebacker Chris Frey Jr. (23) celebrates with the Paul Bunyan Trophy after the game against Michigan on Oct. 7 at Michigan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 14-10. PHOTO: JON FAMUREWA




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After last season, our seniors were given a team that was beat down. We were excited to set the leadership on this team from the beginning and get ready to turn it around and get back to where Spartan football is supposed to be, and I think we did a really good job of that.” CHRIS FREY SENIOR LINEBACKER

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While senior linebacker Shane Jones and senior running back Gerald Holmes never took to the field in the green and white in 2013, it was home to their favorite Spartan memory. “They went 7-6 the year before in 2012, and then to see them go 13-1 in 2013, man, they just paved the way for us younger guys and just giving us the blueprint on how to be successful,” Jones said. Both Jones and Holmes redshirted in 2013 but were members on the scout team. While Holmes played a small role on the team that season, he said the opportunity to play a part on that historic run was an “amazing experience.” “That was amazing to just come in,” Holmes said. “I wouldn’t say we were at our high. We were actually coming off a pretty average season, but to come in and kind of contribute to that winning season that we had — we went to the Rose Bowl — been on scout team, that was fun playing those guys that’s out there balling on Saturdays.” After five seasons in East Lansing, Jones admits it’s going to be tough to leave the program. “Being here for five years, looking back on everything, I’ve been part of so many great moments here,” Jones said. “I’m going to miss these guys. … We went through a lot this past offseason, and we grew together. We grew a lot closer and I can see these guys are my brothers. It’s going to be tough.”

‘Not always smooth’

Throughout the remainder of the 2017 season, a slew of emotions will run through each senior on this year’s roster. “It’s been a ride; that’s how I’ll explain it. It’s been a ride — not always smooth, not always bumpy, ups and downs,” Holmes said. “Definitely have more personal things I wish had went different ways, but at the same time, it’s been a blessing.”

Part of the emotions come from the drastically different seasons each year. After securing a berth in the College Football Playoff, the Spartans followed up their historic season with a dispiriting 3-9 season in 2016. The lackluster performance resulted in MSU not becoming bowl eligible for the first time in the Dantonio era. A year removed from a season Spartan fans want to forget, MSU is back on the national radar and are now bowl eligible once again — and then some. Senior linebacker Chris Frey said this season was a chance to show off its new leadership and show the team’s growth. “After last season, our seniors were given a team that was beat down,” Frey said. “We were excited to set the leadership on this team from the beginning and get ready to turn it around and get back to where Spartan football is supposed to be, and I think we did a really good job of that.” Frey said he thought the team was divided throughout last year’s tumultuous season, but now believes this year’s seniors have brought the team back together. “I feel like we were divided last year a little bit, but from the start of this offseason throughout the entire year, I think we’ve done a very good job as a senior class and as a leadership council to bring this team together as one,” Frey said. “That was the main focus, and I think we’ve done a very good job of that this offseason and continuing this season.”

MSU’s future

After a complete turnaround from 2016, the future is bright for the Spartan football program. MSU exhibits one of the youngest teams in the country. For the freshmen on the roster, a year playing competitive football at the collegiate level will only help them headed into 2018. “I feel like the future is bright,” Holmes said. “We rolled a big stone from last year to this year. So the main thing was however things turned out, we wanted to leave on a positive end to give the young guys something to hold on to, to look for next year.” After MSU’s loss to Ohio State on the road Nov. 11, the Spartans saw their Big Ten title hopes dwindle as they no longer controlled their destiny in the conference. But for senior center Brian Allen, all is not lost following the Spartans’ 48-3 blowout in Columbus. “It’s not like a consolation prize, but today sucks,” Allen said after the loss. “But I’m pretty happy with the team we have, and where we are right now as opposed to where we were last year and how far we’ve come. “This is still such a young team that my goal at the beginning of the year was to get them in the right direction, not get me any accolades or anything like that (or) get me the senior year that I deserve. Nothing like that. I wanted to

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The careers that they had, they’ve been remarkable. How much they’ve won here, it’s been just been excellent, so we just want to come out next week and try to … send them out with a bang.” KHARI WILLIS JUNIOR SAFETY get them back to competing and getting to the top, and I think this season is going to propel them into next season to be even better than this year and win games like that, so I think that’s the biggest thing.” While the team’s chances to head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game are slim, team members still want to send their seniors out on top. Other players are already considering the ways they can honor their senior teammates. “We’re not going to Indy, but there’s other great things to do,” junior safety Khari Willis said.

“There’s still more to accomplish, there’s more to add to their resume, there’s still more games to play as far as guys trying to continue on. But our seniors, man — few opportunities left, so let’s just make the most of them, the moments they had here. “The careers that they had, they’ve been remarkable. How much they’ve won here, it’s been just been excellent, so we just want to come out next week and try to … send them out with a bang.” READ MORE COVERAGE AT STATENEWS.COM




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MSU’s campus is home to 545 buildings. Of those, only 77 buildings have all-gender, private restrooms. Only 57 all-gender restrooms are wheelchair accessible. This can make life complicated for transgender, non-binary or disabled students. Of these restrooms, some are easier to locate than others. The State News set out on a hunt to find a sample of the most and least accessible all-gender restrooms on campus. The easiest included Wonders Hall, the MSU Union, the Music Building and the College

will stumble upon it. In the College of Law, the all-gender restroom is visible the moment one walks into the facility, as it is directly across from Sparty’s. Finding the restrooms in Brody Hall, McDonel Hall and IM-Circle were where my journey became difficult. Brody Hall is already sort of a maze to me, as a freshman from South Neighborhood who rarely goes there. In the first set of restrooms that one sees if they enter from the doors nearest to the bus stop, I found gendered public restrooms. I stared at my phone with my trusty room numbers, confused. ASMSU Representative of the Alliance for Queer and Allied Students Olivia Brenner said

“Not being able to find restrooms can have damaging physical and emotional effects.” Olivia Brenner, ASMSU Representative of the Alliance for Queer and Allied Students of Law. Going off of the room numbers provided in a restroom map by the Facilities Planning and Space Management Office of Planning and Budgets, I was able to navigate my way through these buildings fairly easily In both the Music Building and the College of Law, the restroom was on the 1st floor. In the Music Building, one must simply follow the hallway from the main entrance, and they

this is a common issue. “We have been working to try to get them in much more accessible locations,” Brenner said. “Right now, a lot of them simply aren’t accessible. They’re in basements or even the ones that are marked on our map seem very hard to find.” Brenner said not being able to find restrooms can have damaging physical and emotional effects. “That in a way defeats the purpose of them because if



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A previous State news article detailed the proposal to force transgender and non-binary students to use the restroom of the gender that appeared on their birth certificate. The article focused on the number of all-gender restrooms available to students and found that some students were frustrated with the lack of accessibility. Brenner said Alliance would continue to work to create more all-gender restrooms in easier locations to access. “We have been working for a few years now with the administration to try to find a way to get — even in older buildings — which is really where a lot of the problems lie, the bathrooms,” Brenner said. “More of them, so you don’t have to leave your building and walk ten minutes to try to find a bathroom.”

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The Spartans stand in the middle of the ice after winning the game against Wisconsin on Nov. 11 at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans defeated the Badgers, 2-0. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI


fter starting the Big Ten season, the hockey team continues to keep pace with an even record of 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten. The Spartans finished last season with a record of 7-24-4. Now they look to rebuild and strengthen their core for the current season. Senior defenseman Carson Gatt hopes this will create a new beginning for the Spartans. “Hopefully, the fans are wanting to come to more games and see us play,” Gatt said. “I think we’re working really hard this year, and it’s a little sense of resurgence here at MSU hockey which is a good thing.” Junior forward Brennan Sanford said overall the team has made a big improvement within the 10 games they have played so far. Leadership is one aspect the team focuses on no matter a player’s age or year. They all are on the same page of reaching their goal of the Big Ten Championship and competing in the NCAA Tournament. “I would just say in all areas we’ve improved,”

Sanford said. “Leadership is probably biggest, doesn’t matter if they’re a freshman, or if they’re a senior, sophomore, or junior, all guys are on the same page.” Sophomore forward Sam Saliba said the team stepped up in the style of playing coming into the new season to help create a better record for the team. Currently, the team is 23.4 percent on the power play and 76.9 percent on the penalty kill. The team also averages 2.70 goals per game. “I think we’re playing more as a team,” Saliba said. “We’re generating more offense. We’re defending well. Our powerplay’s been better. So overall a big improvement.” Freshman defenseman Tommy Miller couples the program’s rejuvenated start. Miller looked at previous seasons and saw the Spartans struggled. He saw it as an opportunity to use his skills to aid the team in a strong season. “I tried not to look at it, but I knew I wanted to come in and make a change and contrib-


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The Spartans celebrate a goal during the game against Wisconsin on Nov. 11 at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans defeated the Badgers, 2-0. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI

ute my skills and attributes to the team,” Miller said. “It’s going pretty well so far.” The team is currently tied at No. 6 in the Big Ten with Ohio State. Freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski has tallied six goals and seven assists so far this season, where he is tied for first among freshmen players in points with Northeastern’s freshman forward Zach Solow. The team took its first home loss of the season against Wisconsin, losing 6-3 on Nov. 10. As the team moves forward in the season, they now stand at a 5-1 home record. “We played really well at home,” Saliba said. “Overall, I think we’ve had three out of four really solid weekends.” First-year head coach Danton Cole said the focus remains on the current standings and improving each game. According to Gatt, Cole tells the team to focus on their positions to do well later in the season. “The challenge for us or at least for the guys was let’s make the next two months, let’s make as much progress as we did in the initial two months and stay on that,” Cole said. “In the Big Ten season, let’s try and get points out of every weekend as we can.” After facing two of the top teams in the Big Ten, the Spartans came out with their first victory in the conference with a 2-0 win against Wisconsin on Nov. 11. The team began the Big Ten season on Nov. 4 against Minnesota, though the Spartans were swept by the Golden Gophers. After downing Wisconsin, the team stands at a .500 percent overall record.

Sanford believes much like the team’s confidence, the Spartans can move up in the standings. “We wanted to go into the Big Ten season with good confidence, feeling good with a decent record, so I think we’ve done that so far,” Sanford said. With four months until March and the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, the team focuses on the wins it can achieve leading up to that moment of making the tournament. Saliba admits that making the NCAA Tournament is their goal every season. To him, improving early on in the season can help make a change for the team this year. “That’s our goal coming into every season with that hope and desire to make the tournament,” Saliba said. “That’s what you strive for every game. I think for now this early on you’re just trying to get better every game and produce wins.” Gatt and Sanford also believe with the confidence they have built coming into this season, the team can achieve that goal. As MSU continues to rack up more wins, the possibility of making the tournament becomes more of a reality later on in the season. Miller admits it will be a challenge for the team, but with a collective effort it’s not impossible. As for the future, he can see the Spartans reaching that goal. “I feel like we could make a push,” Miller said. “It would be difficult. Again, we would have to get everybody going, but in the future years I think we can have a chance.”


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5 storylines for men’s basketball BY JONATHAN LEBLANC JLEBLANC@STATENEWS.COM

The men’s basketball team comes into the season as the No. 2 in the nation, with a plethora of talent including sophomore forward Miles Bridges and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. With this much talent comes a lot of storylines to follow early on and throughout the season. Here are five storylines you should follow as the Spartans battle through their 31-game season. Winston holds MSU’s fate Everybody knows about Bridges’ expectations this year, as he’s been nominated and predicted to win mostly every national award. That’s nothing new. However, one athlete who holds this team’s success on his shoulders is guard Cassius Winston. Head coach Tom Izzo even said so. “There’s no question that for us to be great, Cassius Winston has to be the player that we all know he can become,” Izzo said during media day on Oct. 11. “Without a doubt, his play will play a major key to our season.” Winston is coming into the season as the starting point guard for Izzo after averaging 6.7 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and shooting just over 42 percent from the field. Winston also has an innate ability to make plays happen with his passing ability, while also having an ability to shoot. Those skills open up the floor for his teammates by making the defense respect his shooting skill. But, one area of his game he still needs to improve is his defense. Although Winston had five steals in MSU’s three exhibition games this year, his defensive skill is what kept him from starting all of last year, and then some. His poor defensive showing kept his mentor and now backup, Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr., in the starting lineup. Don’t also be surprised if you see Nairn and Winston in the backcourt together like last year. Winston also reshaped his body this offseason, becoming more built and muscular then he was during his freshman campaign, which will help him to be more physical on the defensive side of the ball.

How much Winston improves from last year on both sides of the ball, will be the deciding factor on if this team goes to the Sweet 16 or wins the National Championship. Bridges transition from forward to wing With a lack of size in the front court last season because of injuries, Bridges was forced to play down lower than maybe him, Izzo or fans wanted him to. But with a loaded front court now and six players fighting for playing time, Bridges will be featured on the perimeter for the majority of the time he’s on the court this season, judging by how he trained during the offseason. “I just improved my overall game, my ball handling, my defense in defending guards,” Bridges said. “I have to be an all-around player for us to be successful.” And this is true. If the Spartans want to be successful and make a deep run, Bridges does have to shine in the spotlight. If Bridges can be even more successful as a perimeter player, while still being a threat in the paint and a solid defender, the damage he could do to opposing teams is tremendous. Front court depth and health The most glaring weakness of Izzo’s 2016-17 team was the lack of depth in the front court. Other than 6-foot-8 forward Nick Ward, there was no true big man who could give Ward a break when he needed it or take his place when he was in foul trouble. Forwards Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling both missed last season with injuries, forcing 6-foot-7 forward Kenny Goins and 6-foot-6 guard/forward Kyle Ahrens to be consistent contributors down low. The lack of depth was clearly evident when Ward or Goins got in foul trouble. However that weakness looks to be a strong suit now. Schilling and Carter are fully healthy now. This offseason brought in two freshman forwards with 6-foot-11 forward Jackson being a 3-point and post threat and 6-foot-9 forward Xavier Tillman, who’s a spitting image of Ward. Going from one player who’s 6-foot-8 or over, to five, is something Izzo can’t complain about and gives him the unique opportunity to put several different combinations of forwards on the floor. These combinations will also become more solidified as we get deeper into the season.

Sophomore guard Cassius Winston (5) dribbles the ball during the game against North Florida on Nov. 10 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Ospreys 98-66. PHOTO: ANNTANINNA BIONDO

How will Langford and McQuaid play? Before the regular season even began, the Spartans lost a wing player in Ahrens after he aggravated a right foot injury during a practice. This now leaves three players at the wing: Bridges, guard Joshua Langford and guard Matt McQuaid. We know what Bridges does, and what he has to do to elevate his game, but what about the other two? Langford didn’t really come on until later in

the season last year, averaging 9.5 points per game in the last 11 games of the season. And although McQuaid did increase his points per game from 3.5 in 2015-16 to 5.6 in 2016-17, he shot just over 35 percent from the field. And neither were impressive during the exhibition games as Langford shot 26.6 percent from the field, while McQuaid shot 26.3 percent from the field. READ THE FINAL STORYLINE AT STATENEWS.COM

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For those who still own a flip phone, looking to be a part-time babysitter, holding down the dorms and aiding to college students beck and call, being a resident assistant is the job for you. A resident assistant, or an RA, is a student supervisor and guidance counselor combined into one. RAs live in the dorms amongst their residents and their job is to aid students in their buildings through linking them to campus resources, organizing events, and even by providing emotional support. Three RAs go into detail of what the life of an RA is like and describe the ups and downs of being a resident assistant at MSU. Most RAs would say the benefits are impressive: Free housing. A room all to yourself. Resume booster. These are a few pros of being an RA. However, students also choose to become RAs due to benefits that are not as self-serving. “I just like the idea of helping people,”sophomore Akers RA Tyler Carnes said. RAs can serve their residents in a variety of ways, including connecting students to useful academic resources on campus. “If you connect them to academic counseling or tutoring and they get a better grade on their next test, that’s awesome to find out that is something you helped them to navigate,” senior Holden RA Santana Mcintyre said. RAs may play a role in the substantial impacts on incoming college freshman, due to the big transition from home to college life, it’s the first time many student’s are living on their own. RAs need to be people who freshmen can rely on not just academically, but emotionally, as student’s enter a new stage in their lives. “Obviously, the RA is kind of their go-to person for a lot of different things,” senior and former RA Miya Hourani said. “I really liked that aspect of being the person that was 10


there to help them if they needed help and to give them a good living experience for trying to transition to college.” Despite the benefits, some RAs are aware of the responsibilities of the job — after all, no job is stressfree at all times. Even the most enjoyable job in the world can have moments where you can feel a little overwhelmed. RAs are responsible for a multitude of things regarding their residents. These tasks include: frequently sending out emails and reminders to residents, organizing social events and posting bulletin boards throughout their building to keep residents updated on upcoming events and resources. While Carnes said that RAs at MSU receive their monthly schedules of all their duties well in advance, the early adjustment period from being a regular student

to have a good time. For many college students, a good time comes in the form of alcohol. RAs at MSU have duty calls throughout the week, Sunday through Wednesday, and weekend duty calls that begin on Thursday that run until Saturday. When RAs are on duty they go on “rounds,” or walks around the building to make sure there are no incidents amongst residents. Duty calls for resident assistants usually include rounds at three different times of the day: 7 p.m., 10 p.m., and 12 a.m., except for on weekends, when there is an additional 2 a.m. round added. While Carnes noted that he has only had a couple incidents pertaining to his residents this semester up to this point, Hourani voiced a different sentiment regarding dealing with residents in the past.

“You really do have the opportunity to impact thse people’s lives.” Miya Hourani Senior and former resident assistant to becoming an RA was not easy for the first time resident assistant. “The only time I really felt frustrated was in the beginning when I was trying to perfect my routine and get in to that groove; but I feel like that’s something that any student will experience,” Carnes said. Hourani said what drove her decision to discontinue being an RA after spending just one year on the job was the affect that her mounting responsibilities as a resident assistant had on her social life. “As an RA, I don’t want to say that you’re secluded, but you have so many things you have to be doing,” Hourani said. “I wanted the experience of living with my friends and not having 500,000 things to do every single day.” An essential job description of an RA is to enforce policies and regulations for their residents who are, after all, college students that want

“I had several calls of drunken students, so that was probably the most common call at three in the morning, at least for me. ... That was probably my least favorite part of the job,” Hourani said. Due to RAs being required to report any potential safety concerns to their supervisors, they must always be prepared to document incidents involving residents, regardless if they are on duty or not. Mcintyre said this can frustrating due to the unpredictable times at which such incidents can occur. “We might be on our way to class, or we might be studying for an exam we have the next day; but due to this hat we wear as mandatory reporters, we have to initiate this process,” Mcintyre said. “So that can be kind of stressful just because we’re not just RAs, we are students and are also employees of potentially other jobs.”

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MSU helps take pandas off endangered species list roaming, which is a large amount. Pandas are always on the move, so they’ll naturally move further distances than humans. In fact, many ver the past decade, efforts have researchers don’t even get to see the pandas. been made to restore the revered So how do these scientists find pandas? panda bears’s establishment in the Poop. wild. “The main method I use is just kind of roamIt became an endangered species, and by 2003, ing the mountains and hiking the mountains MSU launched a reintroduction program for looking for feces,” Doctoral candidate Thomas pandas through the China Center for Research Connor in the department of fisheries and and Conservation of the Giant Panda in the wildlife said, who studies with Dr. Liu. “I don’t Wolong Nature Reserve. really get to see many pandas or anything Now, in 2017, pandas are no longer enmyself in the wild. I get all the genetic infordangered. MSU still works in the habitat to mation from feces.” try and fix the problems involved with food Yes, that’s correct. By using DNA from scarcity, climate change and pollution, they’ve recently excreted fecal matter, scientists can achieved their initial goal of getting pandas tell where the panda has recently been and out of endangered territory. can discover individual characteristics of the Dr. Jianguo “Jack” Liu, who holds the Rachel panda. Carson chair and is director of the Center for “There’s DNA in there, and you can also see Systems Integration and Sustainability, said. where they distribute it — where they go,” “Threatened is less concern in terms of havsaid Liu. “And because we know the location ing a larger population and a better habitat for of those poo-poos, and you can track also you them to survive in the Wolong.” can know how long they were there.” They picked the Wolong Nature Reserve The study purpose was not only to save for the density of pandas — if there is such a pandas but figure out the interaction between thing — as of the roughly 1,900 living pandas pandas and humans, and how to provide a in the world, 10 percent live in the reserve. sustainable environment for pandas in the “Wolong Reserve is a ‘flagship’ nature reserve future by reintroducing them to the wild. for panda conservation,” Liu said. “It’s one of “I’m particularly interested in how humans the first nature reserves established for panda interact with the natural environment,” Liu conservation. Also it’s one of the largest. If that said. “So, in the past, people that worked on one can work well and set a good example for pandas focused on the biological side. How other reserves and if that works well, we can much bamboo pandas eat? How many babies find other reserves.” they produce? Which are important issues to Hongbo Yang, a doctoral candidate in fisher- work on. But the most important thing is the ies and wildlife, studies the impact conservahuman impact on pandas. That’s why pandas tion efforts have on the panda research. become endangered, why pandas lost their “Both impact on local people and also on habitat. So, in order to solve the problem, we the ecosystems,” Yang said. “How well these need to find solutions. To find solutions, we policies work, that’s my concern.” need to work on the humans — how humans The group studies Hetaoping, a region in the interact with the habitat.” Sichuan Province. DNA noted that between While they seem cuddly and loving, pandas 16-25 pandas were being studied. The territory tend to live as far away from humans as they studied was about 2-3 square miles of panda can. The places they find in the forest are generally a lengthy distance from any human settlement. “They have good noses — they can sense people and smell. So they try to stay away from people,” said Liu. “We really need to consider both humans and pandas at the same time. Because when we try to protect the pandas, we need to consider what people need.” Liu said that over time, efforts have been made to push humans out of the Wolong Reserve. Instead of displacing them, now Liu and his team are working on helping the humans move out on their own, get jobs and go to college. According to Liu, the biggest step is helping them move on their own, not forcing them out. Liu has been conducting his panda studies for the last 20 years, despite the research at the Wolong Reserve commencing 14 years ago. Dr. Jianguo “Jack” Liu pictured at the China Center for Read more about MSU Research and Conservation of the Giant Panda in the Wolong and panda research at Nature Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE NICHOLS BY JAMESON DRAPER



Pandas pictured in their natural habitat in the China Center for Research and Conservation of the Giant Panda in the Wolong Nature Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE NICHOLS

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