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MSU caps 11-win regular season with Minnesota victory; OSU awaits in Indy By Stephen Brooks

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istory was made on Saturday, clearing the way for significantly more momentous milestones before the book is closed on MSU’s 2013 football season.


No. 10 MSU concluded the regular season with a 14-3 win against Minnesota (8-4 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) at home, earning the Spartans’ third 11-win season in four years and their first 8-0 Big Ten record in history.

Team sees roses in future after strong play

The winningest senior class to ever wear the green and white notched career win No. 40, and now has the opportunity to become the first MSU team to win 12 games in either the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State on Dec. 7 or the team’s bowl game. “Not too many football programs in the country can say those things,” head coach Mark Dantonio said. After a disappointing 2012, the Spartans have reversed their fortunes in games at home and against Big Ten opponents this season. For the third time in four seasons, See VICTORY on page 2 u

Things are looking pretty rosy for Mark Dantonio these days. Following a 14-3 victory against Minnesota on Saturday, the No. 10 Spartans are in fantastic shape to reach the Rose Bowl, regardless of what happens in next week’s Big Ten Championship Game — a rare position for a team that hasn’t made a trip to Pasadena in more than two decades. That’s not to say Dantonio isn’t concerned. He’s been here before. Just two years ago, to be exact.

Redshirt freshman tight end Josiah Price runs in for a touchdown Saturday during the game against Minnesota at Spartan Stadium.

Playing in the inaugural Big Ten title game against Wisconsin in 2011, the Spartans dropped a 42-39 affair and were shutout of the BCS in favor of the Badgers and Michigan — both of whom the Spartans previously had beaten during the regular season. It set off a feeling of outrage among the MSU fan base, who saw a team who won 10 games and had proved themselves in head-to-head matchups, only to be left out in the cold. But even with all of that in mind, it’s highly unlikely for that type of scenario to play out again. Asked about earning a BCS bid regardless of the result of this week’s Big Ten

Championship Game, head coach Mark Dantonio said there’s considerable risk in playing for the title, which should be taken into consideration when handing out BCS bowl games. “We’re going to risk moving forward, we’re going to put all the chips on the table and try to go to the Rose Bowl,” Dantonio said. “I think when you do that, you put yourself at risk a little bit. That’s someone else’s decision. All I can do is lay it out there that we’ve got a good team. We’ve got a great, great crowd base that’s going to travel to games. “We’ve got an exciting football team.” See COLUMN on page 2 u

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Ongoing campaign looks to build Spartan brand

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Heralded by many as a light at the end of the tunnel for both the state economy and its universities, MSU is taking a firm stance on immigration policy, channeling part of its 2013 total of $90,000 in lobbying expenses toward a massive reform bill currently stalled in the U.S. House. “We as an institution have a large number of not only international students but also international faculty,” said Mark

Burnham, vice president for governmental affairs. “A lot of times, it’s in the nation’s best interest…. to keep them in-country, and give them a chance to become permanent citizens.” Universities across the nation are following suit, echoing Burnham’s concern that if they don’t make it easier for international students to get work visas soon, states could lose graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to other nations. It’s similar to the “brain drain”

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Early testing showed that MSU’s Spartans Will campaign to change the university’s image is working, but the early success hasn’t deterred those in charge from pushing new projects full speed ahead. The campaign uses the ph rase ‘Spa r ta ns Wi l l,’ showing members of the MSU community doing good through research, outreach and education, among oth-

ers. The ads run across a variety of media. The Spartans Will rebranding campaign began in 2009 and although the results are positive so far, the job isn’t done, said Heather Swain, vice president of Communication and Brand Strategy, or CABS. CABS recently found that between 21 and 33 percent of people in the MSU audience could identify Spartans Will as the two-word tagline when the words were not provided. Those figures were made up of 17 percent of graduate students, 21 percent of under-

graduate students, 22 percent of alumni, 24 percent of faculty and 33 percent of staff. Swain said those are high numbers, especially when compared to national campaigns like Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan, which gets about a 58 percent identification rate and has been used for more than 20 years. McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign is identified about 37 percent of the time. Swain said comparing with national campaigns is not apples-to-apples, but is helpful. In addition, surveys showed that the majority of people

have either positive or very positive feelings toward Spartans Will. To keep the campaign fresh, Swain and others at CABS have looked to constantly innovate, coming up with new products like 360.24, a documentary that will show Spartans who’ve submitted videos and photos from across the world on Nov. 6, 2013. It will premiere on the Big Ten Network in January. More than 1,000 videos and stills already have been collected globally, Swain said.

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Chemistry, leadership help MSU pull away from Minnesota on Saturday

A series of text messages exchanged between Okemos resident Connor McCowan and MSU student Andrew Singler just days before the altercation that left Singler dead indicate a close bond between the two, according to a report from the Lansing State Journal. The text messages show McCowan and Singler discussing buying and smoking marijuana. On Feb. 23, McCowan drove to Singler’s apartment in the early morning after a series of text messages between the two escalated into an argument about Shay McCowan, Connor McCowan’s older sister and Singler’s girlfriend of two years. Connor McCowan was convicted of second degree murder in Singler’s death and was sentenced to 20-60 years in prison, but plans to appeal the charge. Singler reportedly texted McCowan on Feb. 16, saying “I got you a sac(k),” asking him to come to his apartment in Meridian Township. During his court testimony, Connor McCowan said he often went to Singler’s apartment in Meridian Township, where he smoked with Singler and his sister. The last message from Singler to McCowan about marijuana was sent Feb. 21. It showed no indication of an issue between the two prior to the argument on Feb. 23.




Three-day forecast

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MSU finished undefeated at home, and rebounded from a 3-5 Big Ten record last year by beating every conference foe by double digits. Before that could happen, though, the Spartans had to rebound from a casual start. It was fair to question the team’s motivation and whether focus already had shifted to the looming championship matchup. It also was

Officials want to use the legislation to help fill global talent gaps in key science, math fields from page one

from Michigan to other states, just played out on a global scale. In Michigan, international students are more than three times as likely to major in STEM-related fields than domestic students, according to the most recent report from

Dantonio says team earned way into BCS bowl with strong play this year from page one

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Despite being criticized for strength of schedule, MSU still has 11 wins and finished the season undefeated in eight games in Big Ten play. MSU also is ranked No. 9 in the coaches’ poll, which is one of two major polls, along with the Harris Poll where MSU is No. 10, that primarily dictates BCS position. The team that was most likely to jump the Spartans for the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin, fell to Penn State this weekend, which dropped the Badgers from No. 15 to No. 21 in the AP Top 25 and coaches’ polls, respectively.

fair to wonder how many fans would come on a cold Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend. By game’s end, neither was worth the worry. “You’re gonna have some games you’ve gotta reach back and scratch and dig for things,” Dantonio said. “So very, very proud of … our senior leadership. I’ve said all along we win because of chemistry, and I believe that.” The Spartans’ first touchdown came on the team’s first possession, finding the end zone by way of a 15-yard dash from running back Jeremy Langford. The junior continued his breakout season by running for 134 yards— his seventh consecutive game over 100 yards. No other first-half drive produced more than 24 yards as the

Spartans squandered the first two interceptions of sophomore cornerback Trae Waynes’ career. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook hit redshirt freshman tight end Josiah Price for a 12-yard touchdown on the first possession of the second half. The Spartan offense had glimpses of efficiency throughout the game, but failed to convert any of the team’s three takeways into points. The final takeaway was the most crucial, however, as the Gophers drove to MSU’s 14-yard line before a fumble. Minnesota became the second team to rush for 100 yards against MSU, but couldn’t overcome its own turnovers. A missed 38-yard field goal and the fumble doomed the Gophers on trips inside the MSU 21-yard line.

the Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan. Power players across political, business and educational spheres see those fields as a major factor, if not the solution, in solving the state’s economic woes. Although many international students do get work visas, it’s difficult to do so, Burnham said. Applicants face a long process to obtain the necessary documentation for post-graduation work. “There’s no immigration bill today that is on the precipice of becoming law,” he said. “It’s unfortunate … immigration reform seems to have stalled yet again in Washington.” The 65,000 annual cap on H-1B

visas — the one that degree-holding foreigners often apply for — is frequently reached when the economy seems healthy, said Elizabeth Matthews, assistant director at MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars. Those who don’t get accepted have to wait until the next application cycle. Matthews said it’s impossible to tell how many applicants have their H-1B requests denied in a given year. “The whole world is at a skills gap,” said Athena Trentin, director of the Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan. “We’ve got this huge disconnect. If we don’t fill those jobs, we’re going to stalemate the economy.”

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 in the country behind No. 1 Florida State and could see themselves playing for a national championship if they defeat MSU in Indianapolis — opening the door for the Spartans to play in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State moved up into the No. 2 spot this week following No. 3 Auburn’s come-frombehind weekend victory against previously top-ranked Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl. Of course, if the Spartans win, they’ll earn a certain bid to Pasadena. As much as the Spartans are focused on the task at hand — and it’ll be quite a task against OSU quarterback Braxton Miller and the

Buckeyes’ offense — it’s tough not to see the finish line sitting just 30 days away. That’s not to overlook Ohio State, who has proven they’re more than a worthy adversary. It’s just knowing what’s possible as long as MSU competes as they’re expected to under the lights of Lucas Oil Stadium. But as was the case in 2011, anything can happen and the Spartans are ready for that unknown factor. On a Sunday teleconference that featured Dantonio and OSU head coach Urban Meyer in separate sessions, Dantonio said the Spartans once again have an opportunity to prove they’re worthy of play-

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The next big thing to air on the network will be a reality TV show about nine MSU undergraduate students. The show, Inside Out, will premiere in March. A separate group of undergraduate students produces the show through a class in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “I don’t think we always do a great job of showing why this kind of (research) university is a tremendous opportunity for undergraduates,” Swain said. “I think of it kind of like Amazon — to have amazing personalization, you have to have something big enough that you can truly personalize it to you. There are so many choices that you can really make it yours. ... We’re going to be able to showcase that with these students.” Jim Peck is one of the instructors of CAS 492 and an executive producer with CABS. “What I like about this project is it’s a way to really what the experience is rather just reading about it or hearing

ing on the national stage. “Some people get there early in the season based on media predictions and such, other people earn their way there,” Dantonio said. “I think we earned our way there with an outstanding defense and an opportunistic offense and extremely solid on special teams.”

about it,” Peck said. “It’s an interesting way to get a look at what’s going on here.” The nine students are a diverse group ranging from a student-athlete to a Rhodes Scholarship nominee to an international student. They also represent a range personalities, colleges and class levels, Peck said. The show will include every facet of each student’s life that could be captured, including segments filmed by the student production crew and some filmed by the cast members on iPhones. “I’m so pumped to be here at college that I wanted to share it with everybody,” said Peter Burroughs, a media and information freshman who designs video games. He said Inside Out will feature him creating video games, learning karate, and getting acclimated to college. Volleyball captain and psychology senior Kristen Kelsay said she initially was nervous about being part of Inside Out, but it’s turned into something special. “Something that I’m really excited about is being able to show not just my life, but all the work that goes into being studentathlete and letting other people see what my everyday life is like, what my friends are like,” Kelsay said. State News staff writer Omari Sankofa II contributed to this report.

Mark Dantonio is feeling rosy. There’s more than a few fans that are as well. And with the way the BCS might play out in MSU’s favor, that feeling could be a greater reality for the Spartans than previously imagined. Dillon Davis is a State News football reporter. Reach him at

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Pittsburgh Pa., resident Rick Zahorchak and other contestants prepare their Great Danes for judging during the Ingham County Kennel Club Winterland Classic Dog Show on Sunday at the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.

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Annual Ingham County Kennel Club dog show brings canine competitors to campus By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

Barking, prancing and panting, about 1,624 purebred dogs took the stage at the Ingham County Kennel Club’s Winterland Classic Dog Show at the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education on Sunday. T he show took place throughout the weekend and drew in canine competitors and their owners from around the country.

The show, which ran Friday through Sunday, awarded dogs based on how well they matched their breed’s standard Sunday’s show was up by 99 entries from last year. The timing, location and venue all were factors that made the show a success, Ingham County Kennel Club President Mark Jaeger said. “This location has an adequate a mou nt of g rooming space and is more easily accessible,� Jaeger said. “When

you enter a dog, you need to groom them and that can literally take hours to get it just right. The extra space gives us an edge.� The competition divided dogs into groups by gender and age, and judges awarded points according to how well the dogs matched up to the standard of the breed, which is set by the American Kennel Club, or AKC, Jaeger said. The dogs were led across padded walkways to judges who inspected size, color and weight, among other qualifications. Medical clinics at the show also allowed participants to have their dog’s hearts, eyes and other vitals examined. In addition to showing off their dogs, the goal of all kennel clubs is to promote a better, healthier dog, said Troy Stroud, a systems coordinator for Residential Hospitality Services at MSU and Ingham County Kennel Club vice president. Stroud, who has bred Neapolitan Mastiffs for nearly eight years, enjoys participating in the shows to see how particular breeds of dog have

Grand Rapids resident Karen Succop pets her dog Alice, an Alaskan malamute, during the Ingham County Kennel Club Winterland Classic Dog Show on Sunday at the Pavilion.

changed overtime. “(Neapolitan Mastiffs) are a relatively new breed to the AKC, and with each generation, you can see the breed improve,� Stroud said. “Not only that, but the networking that comes in is such a wealth of knowledge on how to care for and show your dog.� Lorie Barnes, a breeder and competitor, came from Williamston to show her three collies for the eighth year in a row.

She has been showing her dogs since they were puppies and fell in love with the breed because of their personality. “After I won (my first show) it became like an addiction,� Barnes said. “I love having something to do with my dogs. It’s a great bonding experience and the camaraderie with the people here is the same. “Once you win, you love it — and if you don’t, you’re happy for your fellow friends. We all love our dogs.�

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Jewish students consider Thanksgivukkah the ‘event of the century’ By April Jones THE STATE NEWS nn

W hat do you get when Thanksgiving falls late and the Jewish calendar is in a leap year? The result is a collaboration of two major holidays known as Thanksgivukkah. Hanukkah officially began at sunset on Wednesday, and this the first time since the late 19th century that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapped. Experts say it’s something that won’t happen again for about 70,000 years. The Jewish calendar runs on


“You get a lot of bang for your buck. You’re getting turkey, stuffing, latkes, playing dreidel — it’s the event of the century.� Sam Appel, program associate of MSU Hillel

the lunar-solar calendar and the U.S. calendar runs on the Georgian calendar, said Sam Appel, program associate of MSU Hillel. With this year’s Jewish calendar being a leap year, an entire extra month is added to the calendar moving most major Jewish holidays up by nearly a month, creating what is now known as

Thanksgivukkah. “You get a lot of bang for your buck,� Appel said. “You’re getting turkey, stuffing, latkes, playing dreidel — it’s the event of the century.� On Monday, MSU’s Hillel celebrated Thanksgivukkah with students before they separated ways for the two holidays. At the party, students decorated menorahs and ate home-

made latkes with applesauce and participated in traditional Hanukkah activities, said Miki Levran, president of the Jewish Student Union at MSU. But as a way to mix things up and include Thanksgiving, the food was turkey-themed, and the applesauce was cranberry flavored. With both holidays being family-themed, Jewish Americans will be getting the best of both, Appel said. “Hanukkah is all about family as well, so it’s even more so with the two being together,� he said. “We’re just doing what we can to enjoy the two wonderful holidays.�

A hundred Black Friday shoppers enjoyed extra savings this year with a gift card and gift bag giveaway at the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing. Shoppers who made it to Eastwood by 8 a.m. were given wristbands, which then were turned in at 10 a.m. when they picked up gift bags at the Eastwood management office. “Eastwood is home to ma ny un ique reta i lers’ whose only location is our center,� Eastwood Towne Center General Manager Emily Desrochers said. “These gift card giveaways help make budgets go further and make shopping exciting.�

Eastwood Towne Center offered gift cards for its stores to the first 100 Black Friday shoppers Leslie, Mich., resident Diane Harper lined up for the gift bags with out-oftown relatives. “I got a $25 gift card and my sister got one for $50,� Harper said. “But there’s lots of great coupons in here, up to 60 percent off. There’s coupons for free appetizers at some of the (Eastwood Towne Center) restaurants too.� The gift cards in the bags ranged from $10 to $50 and can be used at any store in the East wood Towne Center. In addition to the gift cards, the bags contained

“What’s great about it is that it’s so low key. It’s good savings, but no one’s fighting over anything.� Nancy Perkins, Black Friday shopper

coupons, bottled water, nutrition bars and cookies provided by McAlister’s Deli. The giveaway is a fairly new tradition, Desrochers said. “This is only the third year we’ve done this, but this year we’ve seen our biggest turnout so far,� Desrochers said. “It’s just something we started doing to save people money and bring in more early shoppers.� Stores were recommended to open by 8 a.m., Desrochers said, but many opened earlier — Eastwood stores like Forever 21, GameStop and Banana Republic opened their doors at midnight. Others, like Victoria’s Secret and Bat h & Body Work s, opened by 4 a.m. On top of potential savings in the gift bags, some businesses like American Eagle and the Gap offered 60 percent off everything in the store. For Nancy Perkins, who works in the School of Social Work as an office assistant, the Black Friday giveaway was a chance to spend some time with her daughter. “She always waits with me, we come every year about an hour before they start giving away the wristbands,� said Perkins, who scored a $30 gift card this year. “What’s great about it is that it’s so low key. It’s good savings, but n o o n e ’s f i g h t i n g o v e r anything.�


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mmigration might seem like a far-away debate about border security in Arizona, but flawed policies hit close to home for thousands of international students at MSU. Unfortunately, after spending thousands of dollars and four or more years of their life at MSU, too many international students are forced to pack up their bags and leave the country. Politicians on both sides of the aisle agree it’s too difficult to get a work visa under current law.

“MSU is introducing a new special topics course over the summer discussing economics of gender. Economics professor Susan Linz said this class will focus more on the international dimension, unlike the similar class offered in other universities across the U.S.” — Nolly Dakroury, State News staff reporter

As part of a massive immigration reform package, uates in the science, Read the rest online at eight U.S. senators made getting a work visa more technology, mental and medical accessible in the bill, S. 744. fields, Although it’s currently stalled in and with the House, MSU is paying for two After spending so many of lobbyists in Washington to push the MSU’s interlegislation ahead. The bill’s passage thousands of national student would mean opening up new doors dollars and four or population majoring in and new opportunities for internathose areas, it’s foolish to hurt tional students who call MSU home. more years of their businesses by cutting potential About 7,300 students from other life at MSU, too state. A mess of nearly-impossible-to-navigate hurapplicants. countries are enrolled at MSU this many international We need to make staying and dles standing between graduates and work visas fall, and last fall more than 130 difworking in Michigan more acces- is less than ideal. ferent countries were represented. students are forced sible for the international stuFor international students graduat- to pack up their Michigan representatives need to realize how dents who have fallen in love crucial it is to reform immigration policies so that ing in two weeks, this might be the bags and leave the with the state, otherwise MSU working in the U.S. is an option for more internalast they see of the states. will continue educating the glob- tional students. Supporting legislation, such as the Michigan already faces a brain country. al community without seeing any most recent immigration bill on the table, must be drain. Turning away some of the benefits closer to home. East Lan- a priority. Even though Michigan is on the opposite most educated students in the state only makes matters worse; many international stu- sing could be the first place many students ever side of the country from the front lines of the immidents get their degree and never come back. Espe- see in the U.S. It’s our job to make it as welcom- gration battle, reform will have a lasting impact cially when we face a shortage of qualified grad- ing and appealing as possible to keep talent in the on our lives, too.

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n apple a day helps of coronary heart disease. Fiber has also been provkeep the doctor en beneficial for gastrointestiaway, right? A simnal and colon health, as well ple formula for as providing a bulking quality that beats the bulge. good health that has been recitAnd don’t skip eating the peel. ed since early childhood, but Journal of Food Science and is there any scithe Journal of Food guest columnist Science and Agrientific credibiliculture research ty behind this retro shows the peel prorhyme? During the vides almost half of the fiber content, as fall school session, well as a higher conwhere apples are centration of phytoplentiful and prices chemicals compared per pound are low, to the flesh alone. Before taking joann Bahri could the somewhat that first tantalizplain apple coning bite into the tain more of a powapple, make sure it has been properly washed. A erful nutritional punch than quick rinse under running water previously believed? Research with soap is enough to wash confirms previous concepoff any pesticides or germs. Unlike other super tions are spot on and show fruits, the apple is affordhealth benefits of the plain able for almost everyone. apple are more in line with that Too often, poor college stuof a super fruit rather than a dents see nutrition as out of their price range. A bag of dried standard lunch box snack. acai berries or a fresh-pressed organic juice beverage could It takes a lot for scientists to break the budget for students deem a fruit “super.” It must scraping by, but cheaper apples show proven health benefits can be just as and contain a sizable scale of good for you. nutritional qualities. The apple Purchasing a received a note-worthy status few inexpensive based on phytochemical propapples can make erties, fiber content and consense to even venience for the consumer. the most fruA phytochemical is a chemgal of food shopical compound that naturalpers. If you live ly occurs in fruit and carries Too often, on campus, there health benefits; most prompoor is no excuse not inent with apples is querceto have a daily tin. What sets quercetin apart college apple, as they are is that is has been associated students always available with a decreased risk of cardiosee in the cafeterias vascular disease. Research puband Sparty’s conlished by the British Journal of nutrition venience stores. Nutrition confirms this claim as out of Price is not the to a certain extent. In studonly convenience ies, quercetin decreased systoltheir price that apples proic blood pressure and LDL (bad range.” vide to college cholesterol) levels, aiding in the students. Storreduction of heart disease. Still, age is not an issue as it can be further studies are needed. with other fruits and vegetables. Quercetin is particularShelf life for an apple stored in ly helpful to athletes because a dorm room or the counter of a its consumption can improve kitchen is typically two to four physical performance. Studweeks and increased to one or ies from the Journal of Nutratwo months if refrigerated. ceutical Research have tied An added bonus is how conveimproved performance to quernient apples are for students on cetin’s role in lowering physthe go; with only a quick rinse, iological stress, post-exercise an apple can be thrown into a inflammation, oxidative stress backpack without the fear of and immune dysfunction. being mushed like a banana. The benefits can be After evaluating various sciincreased by eating compleentific sources, it can be sufmentary foods rich in quercefice to say “an apple a day tin with supplements such as does keep the doctor away.” green tea extract or fish oil. A serving of apple helps to The health benefits of a decrease risk of heart disease, diet high in fiber often are fight fat, improve physical peradvertised on foods. A sinformance and maintain gengle apple provides 5.4 grams eral gastrointestinal health. of fiber, or about 22 percent Priced at less than a dollar per of recommended daily fiber pound and a Michigan staple, — about 25 grams for womthe apple is more than just a en and 35 for men. Labels reggo-to fruit standby; it’s earned ulated by the FDA state fruits, the rank of a super fruit. vegetables and grain prodJoann Bahri is a dietetucts with fiber, particularics senior. Reach her at ly soluble fiber which makes you feel full, decrease the risk

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Beard bust: Post-November style No Shave November has come to an end, and furry students who haven’t picked up a razor for the past month might be at a loss for what to do with all the accumulated facial hair. Mick Haley, the found-

er and president of the MSU Beardsmen, gives his tips on his favorite ways to style beards — and what to stay away from. —Anya Rath, The State News

said about the attachment men have to facial hair. The MSU Beardsmen will be hosting a “CeleBEARDtion” in honor of No Shave November at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub.

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When asked about the chinstrap, a style that is a thin beard lining the jaw line and topped with a mustache, Haley stuttered with disgust at the style. “When I see a chinstrap, I see weak,” Haley said. “If you’re growing a chinstrap, you can’t grow anything else. It’s like a last resort.”


Haley’s first suggestion is to work with what you already have — just trim the beard. He suggests to keep some length on the beard and maintain symmetry. While he said it is all up to personal preference, if a man can grow a beard and look good wearing it, then they should by all means go for it. Additionally, a full beard is perfect for the weather. “It keeps you warm in these cold months,” Haley said. “We’ve got a long winter ahead of us — any time now is a good time to have a beard.”

“A goatee is for your father,” Haley said. “That’s it. There’s no reason for a 20-something to be wearing a goatee.” This style is perfect for men who want to look like Walter White from “Breaking Bad.” But, who wants to look like a meth-cooking high school teacher?

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Haley said the mustache is perfect for after No Shave November. “When you grow a mustache, you start with a beard,” Haley said. “You don’t just grow a mustache, because that’s just awkward.” Haley added that the mustache is for bold men, the winter months and helps to savor the flavor of beverages such as hot chocolate. “It’s just a pure test of your manhood,” Haley said. “If you can grow a mustache and look good in it, you’re an elite facial hair-grower and you’re blessed.”

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Mutton chops, Haley’s personal favorite, is his go-to whenever he grows his beard out. It requires a clean shave on the chin and below the jaw. Haley suggests smiling when shaving and get all the hair between the end points of the smile. “Mutton chops are perfect for getting some attention; they’re for style,” Haley said. “They’re for people who are a little weird and a little bold.”

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General advice As a beard advocate, Haley advises growing a beard. However, he said he understands when men must shave. “It’s going to be sad; it’s going to be traumatic,” Haley

Style your hair after No Shave November

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Opponents that did not score a touchdown against MSU football this season.

men’s soccer

Spartans heading to Elite Eight after defeating Georgetown

Freshman forward Villiam Haag reacts after scoring a goal against Princeton on Sunday at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans defeated the Tigers, 8-2.

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MSU fills net 8 times in win over Princeton By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS nn

MSU used a scoring flurry in the 1st and 2nd periods and multiple goal games out of freshman forward Villiam Haag and senior forward Greg Wolfe to win at home, 8-2. The dominant victory completed the sweep of the Princeton Tigers (3-10, 2-6 ECAC). MSU (5-7 overall) scored its largest amount of goals since 2009 on Sunday, with three goals coming in the first two periods and two in the 3rd period. The team was lead by the freshman forward line of Mackenzie MacEachern, Thomas Ebbing and Haag, who accounted for seven of the team’s points. Haag finished with two goals, Ebbing netted his first career goal as a Spartan and an assist, and MacEachern had three assists on the night. The play of the young freshman line caught the eye of head coach Tom Anastos, who was pleased with the lines strong effort after teaming up only earlier this week. “I’d be lying if I said I thought immediately they’d have good chemistry but I think all three of their games are getting better each week as they gain experience,” Anastos said. “As we looked and were trying to create some identity, as you’re moving

pieces around we thought we’d put Villiam with those guys to see how it went and I guess we caught a lucky strike.” Scoring in the 1st period began with a rocket slap shot from just inside the blue line from senior defenseman Jake Chelios at the 7:57 mark of the 1st period. MSU quickly added to the lead, scoring only three minutes later when Wolfe took advantage of a weird bounce that put the puck on his stick in front of the net. MSU put one more past the Princeton netminder in the 1st period, with Haag scoring 3:54 before intermission. “We came out really strong and we knew that they were going to come out hard and we knew if we could get the first goal or first couple that it would give us the momentum and take the wind out of their sails,” said Wolfe, who finished the night with two goals, increasing his season total to seven. MSU added three more goals in the 2nd period, with Ebbing, Haag and Boyd each finding the back of the net. Haag and Boyd’s goals both came on the power play. MSU’s one blemish of the night occurred in the 2nd period when Princeton senior forward Jack Berger took advantage of a Spartan turnover in the MSU zone to score a shorthanded goal. Wolfe scored his second goal of the game early in the 3rd

period on a 2-on-0 shorthanded opportunity with senior forward Lee Reimer. Freshman forward Joe Cox would score the final Spartan goal of the game with 5:02 remaining in the game. Princeton junior defenseman Aaron Ave would net the final goal with 55 seconds remaining. Fifteen different Spartans had points on the day, with MacEachern and sophomore defenseman Travis Walsh leading the team with points, each with three assists. “Was a good game, good game as a line, good game to get the power play going,” MacEachern said. “I have a lot of confidence going into next weekend against Minnesota.” The power play squad was an area of play that experienced plenty of success on the night and weekend, with both the MSU power play and penalty kill teams showing signs of improvement. MSU’s power play went 3 for 7 on Sunday and finished the weekend 4 for 12. The power play had been 4 for 47 going into the weekend series with the Tigers. MSU will get back on the ice next Friday when it welcomes No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2-1, 2-0 Big Ten) to Munn Ice Arena. The Friday matchup will be the first Big Ten game in the history of MSU hockey and will be the most difficult opponent MSU has played to date.

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Kevin Cope doesn’t want his senior year to end. The senior center back put his already-battered body on the line many times to help the No. 11-seed MSU men’s soccer team upset the No. 6-seed Georgetown Hoyas 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Washington. With five minutes left in the game and one of the most prolific scorers with a wide open net, Cope played the part of goalkeeper and blocked the shot with his body, despite his broken ribs and other knocks he’s picked up throughout the season. “I keep telling everyone that I just don’t want this to be my last game with these guys,” Cope said. “I’ve just got to do what I can for the team.” The win earned the Spartans a trip to the Elite Eight for the first time in 45 years. Georgetown owned the

first ten minutes of the game by getting off three shots and not allowing MSU anywhere near the goal. The teams tousled back and forth until junior forward Adam Montague broke the deadlock in the 28th minute. After getting the ball from sophomore midfielder Jay Chapman 18 yards out, Montague let loose a left-footed strike from the middle of the box that swerved past Hoya keeper Tomas Gomez. “It’s just good for my confidence,” Montague said. “It’s been hard being on the sideline and not being able to help the team out, but being a cheerleader. It was nice to be able to come back today and be able to contribute on the field.” The Spartans were determined to keep the clean sheet in the second half, and routinely had eight or more players on the defensive side of the ball. Brandon Allen and Steve Neumann, who both have doubledigit goals on the season for Georgetown, were in the middle of a few scrambles in the box.

The MSU defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Zach Bennett and Cope, was as strong as they’ve been all season. Bennett finished the game with seven saves and his 13th shutout of the season, tying the school record. MSU now has beaten the defending 2012 NCAA champions — Indiana — and the 2012 NCA A runners-up in Georgetown. MSU will face off against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight this Saturday. Notre Dame defeated the Spartans 2-0 in the second-to-last game of the regular season, and knocked them out of the tournament a year ago. Head coach Damon Rensing said the ability for this team to come through the adversity is the formula to make a deep run in the postseason. “We had to go on the road to a very good Georgetown team and get a result,” Rensing said. “It was a great team effort and this team did what they had to do to win and advance in the NCAA Tournament.”



Have a safe and green holiday!

dislike MSU’s chances against OSU this weekend, and why?

@thesnews_sports I love our chances! Our D is amazing & our O can take adv of their D. MSU is #relentless & very driven to win #Chaseit

@thesnews_sports Umich’s 41 points gave us all the game tape we need.

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@thesnews_sports like. Have to play better than sat. Stop the run. Pressure Braxton. Spy and force him to make quick throws. #DfensewinsShips

@thesnews_sports I do! We have the #1 D in the country and a solid offense. They have a solid offense but a defense that can’t stop anyone




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