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TIME TO WORRY? After MSU’s 78-69 loss to Duke University, questions are raised as their record sits at 4-4 early in the season
Head coach Tom Izzo talks with freshman forward Miles Bridges (22) during the second half of the game against Duke on Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Spartans were defeated by the Blue Devils, 78-69. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
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MSU CRACKS DOWN ON OUTSIDE ADVISING
“We can’t dwell so much on the past and we have to move forward and continue to get better.”
Unauthorized advising targeting students is being looked at by officials
Eron Harris, Fifth-year senior guard
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Former MSU basketball player among fall 2016 commencement speakers affairs at the New York Institute of Technology. She is responsible for the School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ross-Lee was the first African-American woman to serve as a medical school dean in the U.S., a position she assumed at Ohio University College in 1993. She is currently the director of the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellowship program. Ross-Lee has a history of work in the sciences. She graduated from MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973 after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wayne State University. After graduating from MSU, she opened a family practice in Detroit, the same place she and her sister, singer Diana Ross, grew up. At the ceremony, Ross-Lee will receive an honorary doctorate of science.
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MSU alumni John Duffey, Barbara Ross-Lee and Michael Longaker will be the commencement speakers at MSU’s fall commencement. Duffey will speak at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17, Ross-Lee will speak at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 and Longaker will speak at MSU’s advanced degree graduation ceremony on at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 JOHN DUFFEY
Duffey was the chief financial officer for the theme park company Six Flags from September 2010 to February 2016. Duffey and his wife, who both graduated from MSU in 1982, donated $2.5 million to MSU in February to help renovate the Breslin Center by creating a MSU basketball hall of history and to help fund a professorship in the MSU School of Hospitality Business. Prior to working as the CFO for Six Flags, Duffey was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Dade Behring, Inc. before the company was acquired by Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics in 2007. From there, Duffey became the executive vice president and chief integration officer for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. At the ceremony, Duffey will receive an honorary doctorate of business.
Longaker has a long legacy in medicine, and serves as the co-director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He also serves as Stanford’s director of children’s surgical research. Longaker began his career at MSU, where he played on the men’s championship basketball team. Though not the team’s all-star, Longaker was a guard for Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He played in the 1979 highest-rated college basketball game of all time, when the Spartans went up against the undefeated Indiana State Sycamores led by Larry Bird.
Ross-Lee is the vice president for health sciences and medical
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It’s reported that Longaker’s interest in medicine blossomed on his college basketball team, where he watched his coach inject insulin. Longaker continued his education at Harvard Medical School. He served his surgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and served a residency in plastic surgery at New York University. He received a craniofacial fellowship at UCLA. He received MBAs from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. Longaker has authored more than 1,200 papers and is an inventor with more than 40 issued patents and patent applications. His focus is on wound repair and fibrosis and skeletal development and repair. At the ceremony, Longaker will receive an honorary doctorate of science. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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MSU looks to combat unauthorized advising BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM
MSU has been trying to combat the unauthorized advising that has been taking place on campus. MSU students have been targets for this unauthorized advising, which goes against university policy. Students have been receiving emails from commercial firms that encourage them to meet with “advisers” from their company. These advisers, who are sometimes older students, promise that they can guide undergraduates in choosing classes and that they can hold seats in classes for students better than the university can. “From our point of view, both of these are just taking advantage of students and are preying on their vulnerabilities. That’s what we know, we don’t have a sense of how widespread this is necessarily or exactly who is involved, but we’re looking into it,” Associate Provost for Undergraduate education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies R. Sekhar Chivukula said. The issue was brought to the university’s attention this semester, but it is unclear how long these services have taken place, Chivukula said. Sometimes this fraudulent behavior takes place outside of commercial firms. Older students get to enroll first and in multiple sections, so some students “hold a seat” for another student in a class, which is also a violation of university policy, Jim Lucas, assistant dean of global education and curriculum in the Office of Undergraduate Education in the Provost’s Office, said. “We want to make sure that all students know that it’s not the MSU policy nor the procedure to have older students hold or sell off spots,” he said. “Even if a student was holding a spot for another student, there’s no way in the MSU system to guarantee that.”
International students are often the targets of these advising sessions since they’re not as familiar with the university or its policies, Chivukula said. International students are much more likely to engage in these frauds. Elizabeth Matthews, assistant director at the Office for International Students and Scholars, said she believes the stress of being new to an academic culture can contribute to this vulnerability. “You know, when you’re new to an academic culture, it’s much more stressful to study in a language that’s not your home language or the language that you’re used to speaking all the time,” Matthews said. “And not really understanding how higher education in the United States works and what services are available, I think that can lead to some vulnerability.” Another issue MSU is currently faced with combating is note taking services that employ students. Students employed by these companies sell their class notes for profit. This is a violation of MSU policy, Lucas said. In a case like this, MSU will attempt to take legal action. “When it’s a third party that is not affiliated with campus, typically what will happen is that the university will work with legal counsel to issue a cease and desist request,” Lucas said. However, combating these unauthorized advising services can come with a challenge. “We are looking into whether there are any steps we can take with the particular firm or firms involved, but honestly, given that these things come over the internet, it’s not entirely clear what steps can or should be taken,” Chivukula said. The university is also trying to make sure students know MSU’s policies and make students aware of what services are available to them for free through the university. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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Vigil held for dead MSU student
Redshirt freshman shines for MSU hockey
MSU responds to workers’ rights letter
Finance junior Abhi Shah was remembered by friends and family at a vigil Tuesday night
Defenseman Jerad Rosburg stands out in upset victory against North Dakota
The university responded to student requests to reevaluate relationship with Nike Athletics
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“(Fairfield are) grinders, they get out there and they play hard, defensively very strong and keep the ball in play, don’t make a lot errors on their own so we’re going to have to earn our points and work very hard for that.” Cathy George, MSU head women’s volleyball coach PAGE 9
13 women to sue MSU over Nassar assaults BY STAFF REPORTS FEEDBACK@STATENEWS.COM
Lawyers have filed a letter of intent to sue MSU over the alleged assaults and abuse of 13 women and girls by ex-MSU faculty member and former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, according to court documents acquired by The State News. Lawyers filed a letter in the Court of Claims as a notice of intent to file a claim, a procedural move. Potential claims included, but were not limited to “Violations of Title IX,” “Negligent failure to warn, train or educate,” “Negligent supervision,” “Constructive Fraud” and “Negligent Hiring and Retention,” among several others. The document reads that the claims arose from the sexual assault and battery, molestation and harassment of the clients in addition to Nassar’s “digital penetration” of the clients from 1996 to 2015. The Indianapolis Star reported on Sept. 12 that Nassar had been accused of sexual abuse by two former gymnasts, the document cites the knowl-
edge of the clients of Nassar’s conduct. MSU spokesperson Jason Cody responded to the intent to file with this statement: “While we have not been served with any lawsuit and therefore are unable to comment on any potential litigation, I can tell you we take allegations of sexual abuse very seriously. Our police, the lead investigative agency in the Nassar case, are devoting significant resources to the criminal investigation against him and are vigorously reviewing all complaints and working through them with the state Attorney General’s office. After taking a report of alleged sexual assault against Nassar on Aug. 29, MSUPD detectives immediately began an investigation and notified our administration. Nassar was immediately reassigned from all of his clinical duties. The university fired Nassar on Sept. 20. All of the investigations are being handled by MSUPD’s Special Victims Unit with more than a dozen investigators assigned to the cases. We will continue to work with the Attorney General and other law enforcement partners as the criminal investigation moves forward.”
Business freshman Regin Horan pets a therapy dog during a social event on Nov. 29 at the community kitchen in McDonel Hall. Members of the Residential Business Program held a social event to celebrate the end of the semester with food, therapy dogs and by wrapping presents for Adopt A Family. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
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Sophomore forward Kenny Goins (25) blocks a shot from Duke forward Chase Jeter (2) during the game against Duke on Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Spartans were defeated by the Blue Devils, 78-69. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI BY CASEY HARRISON CHARRISON@STATENEWS.COM
DURHAM, N.C. — An upset win over No. 5 Duke on Tuesday would have been a chance to dispel the Spartans’ toughest critics. It would have ended to a 13,600 mile “gauntlet” with games against four AP top 25 opponents in the span of a month that could have propelled MSU (4-4 overall) into the rest of non-conference play. But they couldn’t thread the needle. Not in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Armed Forces Classic to kick the season off against then-No. 10 Arizona. Not at Madison Square Garden in New York City to upset then-No. 2 Kentucky for the Champions Clas-
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sic. Certainly not in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas against then-No. 20 Baylor, and not at Cameron Indoor Arena, home of the Blue Devils. “(Duke) was the most important game we’ve played, because we had to win this game to get back in the talk for one of the best teams in the country and we didn’t pull it out,” freshman forward Miles Bridges said following the 78-69 loss against Duke on Tuesday. Two of those losses have been decided by 10 points or fewer. The other two, MSU was blown out — out-rebounded, outscored and outcompeted, head coach Tom Izzo said. After their 69-48 loss to Kentucky on Nov. 15, Izzo said his team wasn’t playing to their highest capability, playing AAU basketball instead of his patented style of gritty Big Ten basketball. Izzo’s frustrations grew when MSU’s halftime lead against the Bears dwindled in the second half, and resulted in a 73-58 loss. Izzo said he blamed himself for scheduling tough opponents with the departure of forward Deyonta Davis in addition to not getting his players ready for the long schedule, along with injuries leaving a lack of depth at center. “I didn’t think the second half of Baylor we competed and I don’t say that very often,” Izzo said. T H U R S DAY, D E C E M B E R 1 , 2 01 6
Spotlight Monday at his weekly press conference. “Are we fatigued? Are we tired? Some of it is my fault. All of it that seemed to create some controversy in both a positive and negative way and it was just the truth.” Fast forward to Tuesday night. Izzo said after playing Duke his team has made considerable progress since the beginning of the season now that the gauntlet is over, but stressed retaining that progress will be important moving forward. “Make no mistake we got better tonight, a lot better tonight,” Izzo said. “We made some progress tonight, in all honesty, I think we’ve made progress in every game we’ve played.”
“It’s kind of neat isn’t it, when they’re doubling a guy who I didn’t even know would play this year.” Tom Izzo Men’s basketball head coach Developing on the fly Through the first eight games this season, MSU is 12th in the Big Ten with a scoring offense averaging 70.8 points per game and 10th in the conference in scoring defense, allowing about 68.6 points per game. Bridges has been at the forefront of MSU’s offensive spread, shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from three point range — putting him at about 16.6 points a game. The other two Spartans averaging double-digit scores a game are fifth-year senior Eron Harris and freshman forward Nick Ward. Harris, who had a season-high 31-point game against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 20, has started all eight games at guard and has scored in double-digit figures in five of those games. With lower body injuries to senior forward Gavin Schilling and UNLV graduate transfer Ben Carter, Ward has platooned with redshirt-sophomore Kenny Goins as the team’s makeshift big men, averaging about 15.6 minutes, 5.5 rebounds and 10.5 points per game. “It’s kind of neat isn’t it, when they’re doubling a guy who I didn’t even know would play this year,” Izzo said. “But three teams have now, and that’s something we’re going to have to be better at.” Izzo said Ward has improved vastly this season on both sides of the ball, and in recent games has been double-teamed. Foul trouble and turnovers, though, have been a problem for both the tandem and the team — averaging 20.1 minutes a game, Goins has turned the ball over 12 times and Ward has eight. As a team, MSU has the second worst turnover margin in the Big Ten, with 125 total turnovers on the season and a -6.1 margin. After averaging fewer than 12 turnovers in each of the last three seasons, an increased role of this season’s freshman class is one of the reasons MSU is currently turning the ball over at a rate of 15.6 per game. This year the Spartans are 4-1 when committing 15 turnovers or less, and 0-3 when over 15 turnovers, including the loss on Tuesday to Duke where the Blue Devils scored 19 points on MSU’s 18 turnovers. “We have to get better at completing the second half,” Harris said. “When we get tired we have to stick to what we were doing in the first half. … Our substitutions have to be ready to come in the game and be just like the starters. That’s what’s going to make this team.” A mix of young and old Izzo said multiple times this week Harris and Goins, along with sophomore guard Matt McQuaid and junior guard Lourawls “Tum
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Tum” Nairn Jr., all need to give consistent outings to benefit the team’s detriment. Before Tuesday’s loss to Duke, MSU was 4-0 in games when Harris scored 10 points or more, and 0-3 in games where he was held to single-digit scoring. McQuaid has primarily served as the team’s distance shooter, converting 15 of his 38 field goals this season from 3-point range, while switching between a starting role and coming off the bench. In addition to Bridges and Ward, Izzo has also incorporated freshmen guards Cassius Winston and Josh Langford into the mix as added depth to relieve the upperclassmen. With Winston and Langford averaging 17.0 and 16.0 minutes, respectively, the tandem is combining to average 9.5 points, 5.1 assists and 1.75 rebounds per game. Winston trails only Nairn as the team’s leading passer with 33 assists, Nairn has 41. Izzo’s current freshmen, however, have accounted for more than half of the team’s total turnovers, Bridges leading the team with 27 in total and the four freshmen have combined for 64 of the team’s 125 turnovers. Izzo has acknowledged this highly-rated freshman class is far from perfect. After Duke, he said it’s time for the newcomers to take a more commanding role with the team. “I’m not going to deal with it, I’m very disappointed,” Izzo said. “(Ward) has to play better, Miles has to play better, Cassius has to quit turning it over. Yeah they’re all freshmen, but eight games in now is a lot of minutes. It’s time to quit making excuses for the freshmen. They have to start playing.”
Freshman forward Miles Bridges (22) attempts to block a basket from Duke forward Chase Jeter (2) during the first half of the game against Duke on Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Spartans were defeated by the Blue Devils, 78-69. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
What lies ahead Having played eight games in the month of November, only two of those games were at Breslin Center. In December, MSU will play seven games in total, six at home and finish non-conference play with five consecutive home games, starting with Oral Roberts University (1-5 overall) on Saturday. Three of MSU’s five opponents each have winning percentages below MSU’s, with the exceptions being Northeastern University (4-2 overall) and Oakland University (6-1 overall). The Spartans will not play on the road again until they travel out to Minnesota to open conference play on Dec. 27. “We have a lot more time to practice now and
“All these games are going to be tough games and we’re going to have to give it our all every game.” Eron Harris Fifth-year senior guard a lot more time to rehab our bodies,” Harris said. “I’m not disappointed in my team over this stretch of games. We can’t dwell so much on the past and we have to move forward and continue to get better.” Izzo said part of the reason why he scheduled so many demanding games at to start the season was to immediately toughen the team up, helping a young team mature on the run so they can develop for the rest of the season. While the incoming slate of games isn’t Arizona, Duke or Kentucky, Harris said these upcoming opponents will still be tough, and the Spartans will still have to fight for those wins. “All the rest of these games, none of these games are going to be easy,” Harris said. “The end of the season is going to come quick and we need to wake up now.”
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Freshman forward Miles Bridges (22) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Duke on Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Spartans were defeated by the Blue Devils, 78-69. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
Junior guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. (11) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Duke on Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Spartans were defeated by the Blue Devils, 78-69. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
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MSU basketball has already traveled more than 13,600 miles with games in Hawaii, New York City, Bahamas and Durham, N.C.
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Ingham County Prosecutor-elect Siemon aims to restore public trust BY RILEY MURDOCK RMURDOCK@STATENEWS.COM
As the elected successor to Stuart Dunnings III and the first woman elected Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney, Carol Siemon hopes to restore trust to a position tainted by the former attorney’s scandals. Siemon said her experiences as a prosecutor in the 1980’s and 90’s are among many that have prepared her for the office, giving her an understanding of the kind of cases that will come across her desk. During her career, Siemon said she’s spoken with thousands of victims and witnesses to understand their concerns about the system as well as hundreds of defense attorneys about whether defendants’ rights are being preserved. “Looking at all of those things together I think brings a fuller picture than I would have had when I first entered prosecution in my 20’s,” Siemon said “The other jobs I’ve had working at the state and working in other institutions has also given me the opportunity to really look at all systems from a broader angle.” Siemon said one of her top priorities is combating sexual assault and helping victims, having worked area sexual assault cases for more than 30 years. Siemon said the best solution is to shift accountability and responsibility away from victims and begin education on sexual assault and consent from an early age. “I see it as more driven by perpetrator than I do by victim,” Siemon said. “It’s very traditional to look at the victim — what did the victim do wrong that led to her or him being sexually assaulted — and my focus more is on what (we are) going to need to do over time to really change the dynamic so that we don’t have people thinking that sexually assaulting other people is OK. On some level that is still a message we are seeing, that I’m really shocked we are still seeing in the 21st century.” Another issue Siemon hopes to tackle is hate crimes, which she said she fears are going to escalate. Siemon said she’s been involved with efforts to protect vulnerable populations in the past, and takes seriously the negative treatment of anyone determined to be “other.” “Ingham County needs to be a welcoming place where people feel safe,” Siemon said. “It’s a kind community, and (it’s important) that when things don’t go right — when people do violate other human beings — that we take it seriously.” Though she aims to face these and other public safety issues head-on, Siemon does not want to say she’s “tough” or “soft” on any type of crime, as she believes the terms are too black and white. As she will be determining when to bring charges and what
Then-Democratic prosecutor candidate Carol Siemon, center, discusses voting results with guests during an election watch party on Nov. 8 in Okemos, Mich. Siemon won the election. PHOTO: DEREK VANHORN
they’ll be, Siemon said her focus is on proportionate responses to all criminal activity, looking at each cases’ surrounding circumstances to judge the correct measure. “In other words, that sometimes means being incredibly tough, but it often means understanding the underlying dynamics and giving people a second chance when they need a second chance or when they deserve a second chance,” Siemon said. Dunnings was charged with 15 counts of prostitution-related crimes in March and resigned from the position in July. Current Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer, who was appointed to the position in interim after Dunnings’ departure, said she’s known Siemon for some time and she will make a worthwhile successor. “I’m excited to see Carol coming into the office,” Whitmer said.
“She’s spent some time here already and I know she is eager to make a transition quickly. I think she’s going to do a great job, I’m very excited. ... Her reputation is impeccable, and I know she’s a woman of integrity, and I think that she’s exactly the type of leader that this office needs at this time. I (have) every confidence in her ability as a prosecutor, and faith in her as a leader.” Siemon said she hopes to bring respect back to the position through consistency and trustworthiness. “In terms of building trust, I think a lot of it is just I have to show day in day out that I can be trusted, that I’m going to have a consistent response, that I am who I say I am,” Siemon said. “That our office is going to ... fairly address issues, that our focus is on justice, and that means justice for everybody, not just for one segment of the community.”
Pending city and Meridian Township
approval, Costco coming to East Lansing
BY MCKENNA ROSS MROSS@STATENEWS.COM
A large retailer is seeking approval of its site plan at next week’s East Lansing City Council meeting. Costco Wholesale’s site plan for 5800 Park Lake Road, the former Four Winds Golf Course, was approved by the planning commission. A public hearing for the site plan and brownfield plan is set for the Dec. 6 meeting. The warehouse will be 157,000 square feet with an adjacent gas station, director of planning, building and development Tim Dempsey said. It will also feature a tire center within the warehouse. If the plans are approved by the council, Meridian Township also has to approve the site plan because of a requirement of the annexation of that land from the township in 2001. The zoning changes in the proposed project have to be approved by the township. “Originally that land was in Meridian Township, then under
the annexation in 2001 it became part of the city,” Dempsey said. “It still borders a Meridian Township neighborhood.” After East Lansing approves the site plan and brownfield plan, Meridian Township’s planning department will have to approve it. Peter Menser, senior planner in the department of community planning and development for Meridian Township, said they aim to make the process move quickly. “We’re going to try to turn it around as quick as possible,” Menser said. “Our typical process is 30 days.” Once approval is given, the project will begin in the spring and finish by fall 2017. This Costco will be the 14th in Michigan, according to a Meridian Township memo. Menser said the township and the city are looking forward to the warehouse. “We’re excited about it and we’re working closely with the city of East Lansing to make it possible,” Menser said. City Manager George Lahanas said a Costco Wholesale would add to the city’s local economy. “Costco would be a great addition to the retail offerings already
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Workers stir in the Spartan barley to make a mash at New Holland Brewing in Holland, Mich. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE BERTHEL BY BRENDAN BAXTER BBAXTER@STATENEWS.COM
Back in 1916, when MSU was still Michigan Agricultural College, a new variety of barley was bred at the college, aptly named Spartan barley. The barley was first available to growers sometime between 1918 and 1920 and became popular throughout the state of Michigan and the Midwest, coordinator for the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Ashley McFarland said. The popularity of Spartan barley didn’t last forever. There came a point when there were breeds that were more favorable to growers. “Eventually, Spartan just really wasn’t grown anymore because varieties that yielded better and just did better in the fields kind of took them over,” McFarland said. McFarland said the researchers at MSU decided to look into reviving Spartan barley partly because of the rise in popularity of craft beer in Michigan. Russ Freed, a now retired breeder who worked at MSU, was the one responsible for beginning the process of reviving Spartan barley. In order to get his hands on Spartan barley, Freed had to do some searching. “I went to the USDA Germplasm Bank in Idaho and I got in touch with the person in charge of barley and they sent me a packet of five grams of Spartan barley, which I had in storage,” Freed said. McFarland was one of the people who brought the idea to Freed in the first place. “The reason we got into Spartan barley is because just the whole craft beer movement in Michigan and buying local ingredients has really sparked an interest in knowing where your food comes from,” McFarland said. McFarland then brought up Spartan barley to New Holland Brewing pub brewer Steve Berthel, who then began to look into brewing with Spartan barley. Berthel said he was excited about the possibility of brewing a beer using Spartan barley because it gave him an opportunity to work with one of his passions — local ingredients. “If you’re a brewer and you’re in my position, who wouldn’t want to make a batch of beer and be the first one since the 1920’s to do that,” Berthel said. “I’m not
looking for any personal glory, it’s just these are friends of mine that are putting this together and I just think it’s awesome to be able to make a batch of beer and have it turn out well and get people aware of what we’re doing with Michigan ingredients.” There’s a certain history to Spartan barley a lot of people identify with. Some people McFarland spoke to mentioned that family members, or they themselves, grew Spartan barley back in the day. “When I was traveling throughout the state I would get comments from farmers talking about, ‘Well, do you know there’s a Spartan barley?’ or ‘My grandfather used to grow Spartan’ or talking to some of the old-timers who were like, ‘Wow, I remember when I used to grow Spartan barley,’” McFarland said. Regarding the beer itself, Berthel wanted to make a beer similar to what was being brewed at the time Spartan barley was first available. This led to brew what he referred to as a “pre-prohibition lager.” The beer is made from entirely Michigan ingredients, all the way down to the most basic ingredients. “I can honestly say that it’s a 100 percent all-Michigan lager, starting with Lake Michigan water, which we have abundantly here by Holland,” Berthel said. “The yeast strain is called ‘UP Lager.’ It comes from craft cultures in up Houghton/Hancock area. … The barley is 100 percent Spartan barley from Hickory Corners and then I used three proprietary hops that are from Michigan and these trace back to the mid-1800s.” McFarland said they hope to use Spartan barley to improve other, higher yielding barley to grow in Michigan. “The fact that Spartan does pretty well in our climate, that’s very interesting from a genetic standpoint,” McFarland said. “Whether or not we could potentially down the road take any of those traits and breed them into other more modern varieties that would be higher yielding, but still do well in our climate.” Berthel said the beer, which is called “Russ’s Revival” and named after Freed, will be available in the Lansing area starting Dec. 11. Regarding being the namesake of this beer, Freed said, “It’s very special — I never in the wildest of my dreams figured there would be a beer named after me.”
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MSU volleyball prepares for NCAA Tournament game against Fairfield BY DENISE SPANN DSPANN@STATENEWS.COM
No. 15 MSU volleyball will be hosting a few games of the first round of the NCAA tournament. As the ninth seed in the tournament, MSU will be playing Fairfield University for the first time. With hopes to continue to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, MSU will have to come up with a game plan that allows them to beat Fairfield. Here are three things to know about the Fairfield Stags. 1. Fairfield volleyball is undefeated in their conference The Stags are an impressive 18-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, MAAC, this year. They had an overall record of 28-5, and their away record was just as impressive at 11-1. The volleyball program hasn’t had an undefeated season since 2006. Being undefeated in the conference, they also took home the MAAC title on Nov. 20 by sweeping in-state rivals, Quinnipiac. This is their record-tying ninth MAAC Championship title. “We know we have a lot of work in front of us with Fairfield, a team that has a rarely lost and a team that has a lot of confidence going in,” MSU head coach Cathy George said. 2. Fairfield’s head coach is Todd Kress Kress is the all-time winningest coach in the Fairfield volleyball program history. He is the youngest coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone of 200 wins during his time, leading other volleyball programs like Florida State University and the University at Buffalo. In 2015, Kress was the MAAC coach of the year for the fourth time. 3. The team is led by their two main outside hitters Junior outside hitters Skyler Day and Megan Theiller lead the team in kills this season. Theiller has 460 kills in total and averages 4.14 per set, with a hitting percentage of .276. Theiller hit a major milestone of 1,000 kills in early November. Day started 110 out of the 111 sets this year and has 474 kills with an average of 4.31 per set and a hitting percentage of .225.
The MSU volleyball celebrates from the sidelines after scoring a point during the game against University of Michigan on Nov. 12 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 3-1. PHOTO: CARLY GERACI
Day was also named 2016 MAAC Player of the Year after the Stags clinched their conference championship win. “They’re grinders, they get out there and they play hard, defensively very strong and keep the ball in play, don’t make a lot errors on their own
After disappointment, Dantonio talks 2017 season and moving forward BY STEPHEN OLSCHANSKI SOLSCHANSKI@STATENEWS.COM
After a largely forgettable year for MSU football, head coach Mark Dantonio blatantly answered a question about when offseason plans will begin. “Seven o’clock a.m. meeting with our players that are coming back,” Dantonio said after the 45-12 loss to Penn State, referring to the Monday after the game. As the weeks waned down in the dismal 2016 campaign, Dantonio divulged portions of his offseason plans for preventing another 3-9 season and a further regression next year. Much of the offseason work will be spent on younger players, many of whom will be coming out of redshirt years and will be expected to contribute. “We’re going to totally evaluate everybody,” Dantonio said. “We will make exclusive tapes on Justin Layne exactly, where he played and how he played throughout the whole season, and he will
have a tape, and everybody will have a tape, and that tape will get evaluated.” As for the specifics of the offseason, Dantonio was mum wanting to keep roles and improvements internal. “That will get all laid out to our football team,” Dantonio said. “Our players will know it starts here, as we always have said that, there is a starting point and ending point.” Where it starts and ends will be with nearly the same batch of players who gained worthwhile experience down the stretch of the season. MSU however, will lose some meaningful senior leadership in key areas. MSU will again lose another quarterback who took the majority of the snaps in Tyler O’Connor. While O’Connor’s season was anemic and widely criticized, MSU will again face having to find a replacement who has little starting experience. READ MORE ABOUT MSU FOOTBALL GOING FORWARD AT STATENEWS.COM
so we’re going to have to earn our points and work very hard for that,” George said. “We know they are going to be ready and they know how to win. We’ll need to keep our mind on what is it we can control, and that’s what do we do well in our game, and how do that match up
against Fairfield.” No. 15 MSU volleyball will be hosting the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Jenison Field House on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. To follow the coverage of MSU volleyball, follow The State News Sports on Twitter, @thesnews_sports.
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After stunning then-No. 5 University of North Dakota during Thanksgiving weekend, the MSU hockey team will be tested in its last exhibition game of the season. The Spartans are scheduled to face off against the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for the fifth straight year at Munn Ice Arena. “(The national development team) will come in here and play hard,” Head Coach Tom Anastos said. “It’s a young team, as it always is, but very talented and very skilled. I think it will be a good test for us to prepare coming off a big weekend we just had.” With the result of the game not mattering to either team besides bragging rights, Anastos said this would be the perfect chance to try out his ideas and players in a competitive environment. “We will go into the game, maybe try a few things,” Anastos said. “Maybe dress potentially some additional players. I don’t know what I’m going to do in goal yet.” On the current MSU roster, there are a few players who have been on the other side of the rink. Before their Spartan days, both freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko and junior goaltender Ed Minney suited up for the development team based out of Plymouth, Mich. For the Spartans, it will be their second exhibition game of the season after tying the University of Toronto earlier, 2-2. While nothing is on the line between the two teams, Khodorenko said he expects the youngsters from
the development team to be dialed up for the in-state matchup. “When I was playing for the (national development team), against any college team, we tried our best every single game” Khodorenko said. “We knew going into the games they were bigger, stronger, faster. Not necessarily more skilled, but they definitely hit us a lot more. So we came out with everything we had.” The players on the ice donning the green and white come game time will undoubtedly be older than their foes. The Spartans might have the edge physically, but from a skill standpoint, they’ll be well-tested, Minney said. “The biggest thing is you can’t overlook (the national development team),” Minney said. “They’re obviously really skilled. You see the team that I had when I was there and there are five, six guys playing pro hockey right now, so it’s pretty crazy to look at that.” Following a successful weekend for the Spartans on the road at North Dakota, the team’s confidence is on the upswing, Minney said. But the junior also acknowledged this lowstakes game will be important in keeping the team’s morale high. “If we come out sluggish and not playing well, it can hurt our own confidence going into the next week against Minnesota,” Minney said. In the friendly confines of Munn, MSU will also be facing off against one of its four recruits it signed earlier this season. Defenseman Tommy Miller, a 6-foot-2 West Bloomfield, Mich. native, is scheduled to play his future team.
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“(Miller) is not the kind of player that will jump out at you, you have to watch him,” Anastos said. “From a coach’s perspective, you love him because you know what you get. He plays with a lot of intelligence on the ice, he’s a very good puck mover.” In the past when MSU has played against its recruits, Anastos said he prefers to watch the
game tape afterward to watch the contributions his future player had on the match. He said he figures to do the same for Miller this upcoming weekend. The Spartans and national development team will face off at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Munn. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network Plus.
Freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko (55) handles the puck in the game against Michigan Tech on Nov. 4 at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans defeated the Huskies in overtime, 3-2.PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
Column: Izzo, basketball team have found their needed big man BY CONNOR CLARK CCLARK@STATENEWS.COM
The human highlight reel, freshman guard Miles Bridges, came into his collegiate career the star of arguably head coach Tom Izzo’s best recruiting class. Bridges showed his value early, scoring 21 points with 7 rebounds in a thrilling loss against thenNo. 10 Arizona. It’s no surprise the Spartans look to him to provide momentum and scoring. When the Spartans came into this season, they thought this early stout campaign of long travel and high-caliber competition would be an early measure of their starting point and how good can they be. Then came frontcourt injuries of forward Gavin Schilling, forward Ben Carter and the departures of forward Deyonta Davis and forward Marvin Clark Jr. Izzo couldn’t have foreseen a lineup so young. This young team battled well against then-No. 20 Baylor in the first half, same with No. 5 Duke. However, they were unable to find that one player who could take them to the next level. As Izzo sifted through the sand to find help, gold turned up on the low post — freshman forward Nick Ward. Coming into this season, Ward was out of shape. He said he needed to learn how to eat right, and with the next-level exercise at the college level, Ward dropped 23 pounds before the season began. Although he is yet to start, Ward is averaging 10.5
points per game on 15.6 minutes per game. His lowest scoring output was seven points against Baylor and his highest was 18 points against Mississippi Valley State. His counterpart, forward Kenny Goins, is off to a troubling start. Points and offense were never his game, but being able to hoist in rebounds and play good defense was the x-factor that gave him the starting job. His experience could be added into that mix, but now that MSU has covered the toughest part of its schedule, the roster has shown that its freshmen are just as good — if not better — than the upperclassmen. Guard Eron Harris appears to only lace his shoes up in certain games, guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. has done just enough to keep ahead of freshman guard Cassius Winston and guard Matt McQuaid has shown his best ability is in a role off the bench. Watching Ward against No. 5 Duke, a major thing freshmen usually get knocked for are the little things — the small, intangible plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet, such as diving for loose balls or hustling down the court. However, Ward looked quite refined. He was rotating well on defense, shuffling his feet, and most of all, his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame was beating the Duke defense down the court. As MSU wants to run in transition, which has shown to be its best quality so far, Ward is masterful. Read more about Nick Ward and MSU basketball at statenews.com
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Student art exhibit contains pieces of sentimental value in clothing BY JAIMIE BOZACK JBOZACK@STATENEWS.COM
Inside of Gallery 114 at the Kresge Art Center there is a room filled with mannequins that brought the ideas of students in MSU’s Apparel and Textile Design program to life. Apparel and textile design senior Sarah Vocke designed two garments, four fashion illustrations and one piece of 2-D artwork. For Vocke, her mannequin modeled a piece of clothing that describes the essence of life, she said. “My grandma recently got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, so this project that was in the gallery had a lot of her old fake flowers she used to work with,” Vocke said. Vocke said her designs are inspired by what is going on in her family and her social environment. “The whole concept is about preserving life and where it is now,” Vocke said. “I found artistic galleries that focused on freezing flowers where they were because it is the natural way of life cycles that are supposed to be dying, but they are frozen so they still look beautiful.” The mannequins are dressed in clothing that includes everything from dresses, flowers, feathers and leather. The Apparel and Textile Design program is a small
program with approximately 150 students currently enrolled in it. “It is kind of an unknown major and it is very underestimated, but we do make some awesome stuff,” Vocke said. “The people that put all this work in put in hours of work. It is always great to get good feedback and get people around campus to realize that we don’t just make and sell but we make 2-D art, very avant garde clothing.” Apparel and textile design senior Demetrius Few Jr. was among the apparel and textile design students whose work was featured at the exhibit. Few Jr. is originally from Southfield, Mich. He said his family inspired him to pursue fashion. “My parents have always been interested in fashion,” Few Jr. said. “Especially around the holidays, they always made a big deal about what I would wear and what they would wear. ... My mother went to school for a few years for fashion design.” He said as a freshman, he never would have expected fashion to be his major. “I have always been a kind of creative person, doing a lot of artistic things and everything like that,” Few Jr. said. “I never thought fashion would be a career that I would make for myself, but then I started to really get interested when I started thinking about it more and more.” Few Jr. has two pieces featured in the
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Associate professor of apparel and textile design Sally Helvenston Gray browses the Apparel and Textile Design Exhibition on Nov. 28 Kresge Art Center. Helvenston Gray said the exhibition focuses on details best seen up close and stationary. PHOTO: EMMETT MCCONNELL
exhibit. One is a garment and the other is an illustration, both titled “Ceremonial Pt. 2.” He said he is inspired by designers who break the rules and the status quo in fashion. “I would encourage people to come out because there
will be something in there people have never seen before,” Few Jr. said. “They might think they have seen it all, but they’ve never seen things like the people in the show. I guarantee it.” The exhibit will be open until Dec. 9.
Improv forms platform for friendship and laughs BY JAIMIE BOZACK JBOZACK@STATENEWS.COM
A group of 12 improv players had attendees grabbing their sides with laughter. Mechanical engineering senior Matthew Schomisch, the director of the Roial Improv Players, said he wants to bring laughter to a campus that has been on edge. “If we are laughing together, we are not as divided,” Schomisch said. “Comedy especially this day and age is a great way for people to kind of get some relief. Things are really stressful and things are really tense all over and comedy is a way to bring people together.” Schomisch has been doing improv for eight years. He said he joined the improv group to have a creative outlet. “Improv is my favorite part of college,” Schomisch said. “It is a great way to take a step back from school work and all of the stresses of that and be in a place where you are surrounded by people who are your friends or in the process of becoming your friends.” Schomisch said with the growth comes a growing audience. “Arrested DeveLAUGHment,” their latest event brought, in more than 100 people. “It started off as just being friends and family of people, but more and more brought their friends and they wanted to go to more and more shows,” Schomisch said. “We have a good group of returning people who like to come out to improv once a month.” Schomisch has been leading the improv group for two years, he said. For him, improv is a way to find a family away from home. He said he found a new passion for teaching people. “I always love the idea or the personal motto of, ‘You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time,’ so I kind of live by that,” Schomisch said.
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities senior Elsa Finch has spent four years with the improv group. She has seen the group grow with herself and her improv style. “I like being onstage and seeing how far the team has come over the course of the last four or five years,” Finch said. “The first practice I went to there was like six or eight people there. I can’t put into words how amazing it is to see the new people come in and be so good.” English secondary education sophomore Ryan Gandy said the improv group has a common theme between them: the group is the foundation for their friendships. “It is just kind of great to feel like you’ve done something and to be proud of that and seeing a bunch of people that you are close friends with also performing well and seeing them succeed,” he said. Gandy said the most rewarding part for him is performing on the stage and being surrounded by comedy. “I am one of the biggest laughers on the side stage because it is just so fun to see them performing so well and then to apart of that yourself is just like a whole other level,” Gandy said. Schomisch said the group has open practices year round for any students who like to join the improv family. For more information email Schomisch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lung capacity tested in the aquatic sport of underwater hockey at MSU BY JONATHAN LEBLANC JLEBLANC@STATENEWS.COM
Outside of the need for good endurance and playing on or in some form of water, there are few similarities between swimming and hockey. This doesn’t mean the two can’t coincide with each other. That’s what the Underwater Hockey team at MSU has done. The team was founded in 2001 and is only one of five teams in the state of Michigan, anthropology senior and underwater hockey president Mallory Simon said via email. Underwater hockey consists of players, each with an eight to 10 inch stick, trying to move a puck forward to score a goal on the opposite team. There can only be six players in the water at the same time. On the MSU team, not all players have experience in either sport. Economics sophomore Eduardo Gonzalez is new to the team and ran track in high school. Although he has no previous experience in competitive swimming, Gonzalez said he was first drawn to the team during Sparticipation. “I thought it was really unique. … I talked to some of the people there, and they all seemed really cool and I decided to give it a chance,” Gonzalez said. He said he found the swimming aspect of the sport to be somewhat difficult, being “athletic in that way.” “It was pretty tough the first few weeks here, but I slowly adjusted and learned to love it,” Gonzalez said. Some new team members, however, did swim before joining the team, and haven’t experienced much of a transition. Human biology freshman Grayam Hotchkiss swam all four years in high school and said the only thing different is swimming with a snorkel and fin, he said.
“The fact that you’re not swimming on the surface … (and) getting used to something with fins and with a snorkel is the first thing you get acclimated with,” Hotchkiss said. “It’s not too difficult because I have experience using fins and a snorkel.” Professional writing freshman Anna Carnes — who’s been swimming for 10 years — didn’t feel a lot of the pressures people who haven’t swam usually feel, she said. “I’m comfortable in the water. … It’s pretty natural,” Carnes said. Carnes said the only difficulty she had with the sport at first was breath control because of the 12-feet deep pool. “Getting down to the bottom and being able to stay down there without coming up to take a breath while you’re trying to score, that was really hard,” Carnes said. Carnes said the aggressiveness and competitiveness of the game was also difficult to adjust to and was at first “pretty scary.” “Me coming in, it was like a bunch of people on top of me,” Carnes said. With the learning curve of a sport, there are mentors to go along with it, and the underwater hockey team has one mentor in computer science junior Zachary Richardson. “You have to get them comfortable with just being down there and breathing through the snorkel,” Richardson said. Richardson said new members of the team get off to a slow start, but once they get past the learning curve, it opens up opportunities to do “cool stuff.” “You can start showing them what positioning looks like, you can show them some cool stick moves and how to maneuver the puck without losing it,” Richardson said. “Once they get it, they get it.”
Nutritional science senior Max Borek talks strategy with a teammate during underwater hockey practice on Nov. 29 at IM Sports-Circle. The MSU Underwater Hockey team practices weekly and is open to all students. PHOTO: DEREK VANHORN
Members of the MSU Underwater Hockey team practice on Nov. 29 at IM Sports-Circle. PHOTO: DEREK VANHORN
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