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Discussion series clarifies meaning of on Alert for U

As the nation’s leaders continue to proclaim a “war on terrorism,” many students are wondering how they could be affected. Some of them received answers to their questions Tuesday during an informative session, “What Does It Mean for the Country to be on Alert?” presented by Lt.

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McPherson to speak at RHA meeting

MSU President M. Peter McPherson will speak at an open forum today during the Residence Halls Association’s meeting.McPherson is expected to arrive at the meeting at around 8 p.m., and the forum will last about an hour.

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Caf-II-Go choices garner criticism

University Housing has been receiving complaints from students about changes made to Caf-II-Go this fall, and officials say they are working to solve the problems.Bruce Haskell, residence halls food service coordinator, said students began to complain when Caf-II-Go reduced its vegetarian selection and changed its deli and salad bars to pre-made sandwiches and salads to make the experience faster and more convenient.

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Study finds interaction differences

While black students have more contact with their professors, white students find faculty members more approachable, understanding and encouraging, a nationwide study found.The study, which was conducted in 1997, surveyed 1,755 students at universities across the country.

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Provost returns from travel limbo

MSU Provost Lou Anna Simon ended her stint as a “refugee” administrator and returned to MSU early Saturday morning. “I was at the airport for four hours on Friday trying to get a flight back,” she said. Simon was stuck in California after her Tuesday flight back from an American Association of Universities meeting was canceled due to the grounding of all domestic flights following last week’s terrorist attacks. She spent her extended stay chatting with colleagues from across the country. “There is no doubt that the security at the airport is dramatically different,” she said.

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Group offers area children BIGS boost

A new registered student organization has made its way to campus, and members say it may be a valuable outlet for youth - especially those seeking answers after last Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on the United States. Spartan BIGS is an on-campus extension of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Greater Lansing Inc., which provides one-on-one mentoring programs for some children in the community. The group is recruiting MSU students to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

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New SN general manager aims to be role model

For the first time, a woman is general manager of The State News. Marty Sprigg, who was promoted to the position in August, said she couldn’t be more excited about her new position.“I am very excited and looking forward to the challenges student newspapers face,” she said.Sprigg came to MSU in 1994 to work for The State News as the advertising adviser.

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Safe Place reaches out to U

As the only university with a domestic violence shelter on a college campus, MSU Safe Place helps promote awareness through counseling, advocacy programs and support groups. The shelter was founded in 1994 by Joanne McPherson, MSU’s first lady.

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Community breaks ground on Jewish student center

After a four-year campaign, one MSU student group will see its dream come true.A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday to kick off construction of a new Hillel Jewish Student Center, 402 Linden St., on the former location of the old structure.More than 75 people came to celebrate the beginning of the new structure.“A new Hillel building is extremely important to MSU,” said Andrew Bocknek, a finance senior who also sits on the Hillel board of governors.

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Museum continues quilting series

Despite a canceled lecture Sunday because of flight problems, the MSU Museum still has a series of quilting events planned in the upcoming months. Kitty Clark Cole, an avid collector and creator of quilts, was unable to give her lecture, “It’s Better With Cheddar,” referring to the orange-colored quilt fabrics that she enjoys, because she couldn’t get a flight from Wisconsin to Michigan. Cole has greatly supported the museum and generously donated 13 quilts from her collection to the Michigan Quilt Project, which is housed in the MSU Museum.

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New director says education the key to unity

As new director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at MSU, Israel Cuellar will focus on education as the key to rebuilding the Latino community.“People who are more well-educated have better jobs, and that reduces the income disparities that exist,” he said.

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Hypnotist entertains U with mental powers

The soothing music.A calm voice speaking into the microphone. These things sent some MSU students into a state of deep relaxation during two shows presented by hypnotist Thomas Bresadola on Saturday at the International Center.About 50 people were in attendance for the first show, which featured students thinking they were at a racetrack or flying in an airplane.The event was sponsored by the University Activities Board.“I have been studying hypnotic powers since I was 17, and I became a full-time hypnotist when I was 27,” said Bresadola, who lives in New York.Bresadola has worked with people with high amounts of stress, those who are trying to quit smoking and athletes.“Athletes are basically the same when it comes to being physical, but the mental part is also important,” he said.

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Local briefs

In response to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, MSU will join the rest of the nation today in observing a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.Classes scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

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Student teachers cope in classroom

Katie Drury had to smile and pretend a national disaster didn’t happen while mentoring in a third-grade classroom Tuesday. “It was difficult to put on the happy face and represent the teacher model,” said Drury, a teaching intern at Whitehills Elementary School, 621 Pebblebrook Lane. Drury is one of about 550 graduates of MSU’s College of Education who have been coping with Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on the United States while interning in classrooms across the state. “For many of the interns, this is challenging because it was the first time they were looked to as adults by the children and teens who were seeking answers and support,” said Trudy Sykes, coordinator for the secondary education program. Cary Grimm, an MSU graduate who interns at Novi Meadows school in Novi, said the teachers decided against sharing the news with students. “It didn’t really hit me until the kids left,” Grimm said.

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Professors summoned to join New York forces

Two MSU professors have been called to New York City, where they are assisting in identifying victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.Norman Sauer, a professor of anthropology and adjunct professor of criminal justice, and Joyce deJong, an adjunct professor of anthropology and human pathology, left at 4:30 a.m.

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Olin launches unity campaign

Kristen Manuel is sporting a ribbon on her backpack that she says represents compassion and freedom. Manuel, a family and community services senior, picked up her red, white and blue ribbon at the Student Book Store, 417 E.

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Deans former Pentagon office turned to rubble

Sherman Garnett’s office on the third floor of Case Hall has been riddled with phone calls from reporters, family and co-workers since Tuesday’s attacks in New York and Washington.The offices the James Madison College dean worked in for more than 10 years at the Pentagon are gone, broken into piles of ash and rubble.Although his closest friends are accounted for, he’s still waiting to hear about others he spent his days at the Pentagon with.Garnett worked in arms control operations, focusing on chemical and biological weapons control and NATO treaty design.“I have a picture in my office of my staff and myself,” he said.

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Attacks dont alter ROTC daily routine

Master Sgt. Elmer Duncan said MSU’s ROTC unit is conducting “business as usual” during stressful times throughout the country.“It is the best way to go about this, keeping things close to what we normally do,” the military instructor said, a day after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.Although flags are flying at half-mast outside Demonstration Hall and members of ROTC say they are shocked, no further actions or demonstrations have been planned in conjunction with relief efforts, Duncan said.Lt.

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MSU womens basketball coach chairs walk for Alzheimers cure

MSU head women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie will serve as honorary chair of the Greater Lansing Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s disease Sunday. The fourth annual 3K/5K walk, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, begins at the Breslin Center and travels through campus.