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On-campus parking tickets increase

Students dodging parking enforcers now have one more reason to not park illegally - it’ll cost them even more. The MSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously at its meeting Friday to accept the All University Traffic Committee’s recommendations to increase citations on campus. The rates will add $5 to existing fines for spaces with meters or faculty privileges.

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McPherson, senators debate university funding

FLINT - MSU President M. Peter McPherson pleaded the university’s case for increased funding before the Senate Higher Education Apportions Subcommittee on Friday at the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint. McPherson cited rising costs of employee health insurance, increasing wages for faculty and the funding gap between MSU and the state’s other research-level schools, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. State Sen.

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Senator introduces bill to ban riverfront casinos

State Sen. Burton Leland, D-Detroit, introduced new legislation Thursday that would make it illegal for Detroit to place casinos on riverfront property along the Detroit River. “Detroit’s riverfront is a jewel, one that should not be squandered,” Leland said in a written statement.

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Fraternity teeters up, down for charity

The well-trodden grass under a green and white tent pitched on Demonstration field was getting muddy by Saturday afternoon.But the rain that rolled over campus that morning wasn’t the challenge for the members of the Beta Sigma chapter of Phi Sigma Pi, who were constantly bobbing up and down from 3 p.m.

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U clubs unite, put on Slavic festivities

Sergey Nesterenko found a little taste of home Saturday afternoon.The horticulture graduate student from Siberia was among the nearly 60 people who attended the MSU Slavic Festival, sponsored by the Russian, Polish and Ukrainian clubs.Nesternko, who has left behind family in Siberia to study at MSU, said being away from home is a difficult thing to do, whether you’re from another country or even another state.“I think for everybody, it’s really difficult,” he said.Alyona Yasnogorodsky, an international relations freshman and secretary of the Russian Club, said the organization and others like it offer comfort to people away from their native countries.“They get to see that they’re not alone in the community,” she said.Yasnogorodsky moved to the United States from Russia when she was 12.

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Race raises money for Safe Place

Rain did not wash away the hopes of raising money for MSU Safe Place on Sunday.The sixth annual “Race for the Place,” an outdoor event at Spartan Stadium benefiting MSU Safe Place, raised $18,000.“The event went really well - well, except for the rain,” MSU Safe Place Director Holly Rosen said.

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Community takes part in Earth Day events

LANSING - Local environmental enthusiasts joined together Saturday with events to celebrate the day before Earth Day. The Adopt a River Program took place during the weekend with more than 400 volunteers collecting at least one bag of garbage each from the Grand and Red Cedar rivers’ banks, program Director Jennifer Rostar said. “I was very happy with the dedication people had with coming out,” she said.

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Democratic candidates speak at Jefferson Jackson dinner

DETROIT - A crowd of approximately 1,600 Democrats filled a banquet room here Saturday night to hear from all five 2002 Democratic gubernatorial candidates. The event, held at the Cobo Conference Center, was also highlighted by a keynote address by Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. Lewis followed speeches by former Michigan Gov.

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March empowers women

Women blocked off Linden Street on Friday night, and made sure no one would be allowed to get through, in an effort to create a place where they would feel safe.“We have the power, we have the right to take back the night,” about 100 women chanted as they walked through the streets of East Lansing for the Take Back The Night March, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The march started at Beaumont Tower and ended at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbott Road.Event coordinator Tamika Payne led the women with a megaphone, shouting their message for everyone to hear.“I am so amazed by the risks everyone is taking tonight to make sure our demands are heard,” the human biology senior said.

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Group sponsors body painting contest

Members of the student club Aspire did not let rain and the lack of participants diminish their fun with a body painting contest Sunday.Although art history senior Mike Martin said the low turnout was disappointing, it gave club members got a chance to paint each other.“Body painting gave me a chance to just let loose,” the Aspire member said.

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E.L. to reduce liquor licenses

Some East Lansing business owners and officials have little concern that a dropping population in the city will lead to fewer available liquor licenses.Because Census 2000 numbers indicate a population drop of more than 4,000 city residents, East Lansing’s seven available liquor licenses would be reduced to five.

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Teams race for cancer research

The cheers resonating throughout Jenison Field House on Friday afternoon were for the students and community members of all ages who walked the opening lap of the Relay For Life to the tune “I Will Survive.”Wearing bright yellow shirts that read, “Had it.

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Kids Fest educates, entertains area kids

You don’t usually see clowns in Demonstration Hall.But on Friday, the building that hosts MSU’s military science department played host to clowns, balloons, popcorn, games and 84 area third- and fourth-grade students as Phi Iota Alpha Fraternidad Inc. presented its first Kids Fest with the help of other student organizations.“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said marketing junior Claudio Juarez, a member of the Latino greek organization.

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Event awards outstanding diversity

Various MSU students, faculty, staff and departments were commended for their commitment to multiculturalism Thursday afternoon.Nearly 300 people filled the Kellogg Center Auditorium for the All-University Excellence in Diversity awards convocation.

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T-shirts outrage students

Protesters gathered in front of Bessey and Wells halls on Thursday to circulate petitions asking MSU to stand by its anti-discrimination policy. The demonstrators were upset about T-shirts that contained slogans they found offensive. The shirts, distributed as part of a Citibank credit card promotion, contained the words “Freshman girls, get ‘em while they’re skinny.” April Herndon, an American studies graduate student, teaches American Thought andLanguage 140, Women in America, in Bessey Hall, where one of the T-shirt stands was set up. “All week long my students and I had to walk up the stairs to get to our classroom past him,” she said.

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Local businesses, organizations prepare for Earth Day activities

When the first Earth Day was born April 22, 1970, Americans were slurping leaded gasoline through oversized sedans. Thirty-one years later, Americans are slurping unleaded gasoline through road-wide sport utility vehicles. While there have been improvements in the way people treat the environment, there’s still work to do, said Kyle Tisdel, a member of the East Lansing Commission on the Environment. “We’re taking some steps back in some areas, but I think it’s changing as well,” the international relations senior said.

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Take Back the Night makes students aware

Hundreds of women are expected to unite against sexual violence Friday night as the highlight of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The Take Back the Night March aims to empower women who have survived acts of sexual violence and allow them to voice the need to stop this type of violence.“We need to raise awareness that there is a problem,” said Alyssa Baumann, events coordinator and The Listening Ear center coordinator.