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School of Hospitality Business to host auction

For travelers hoping to get away from Michigan’s cold weather this year, students in the School of Hospitality Business might have the trip they’re looking for. The 22nd Annual Destination Auction will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 at Kellogg Center. The event is planned, organized and presented by students in The School of Hospitality Business. The auction includes a silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. and a live auction beginning at 6 p.m. “Our theme this year is coast to coast to really emphasize that we have hotel packages, restaurant experiences spa packages, items and gift cards from everywhere,” said Kayli Delamielleure, the director of marketing for the auction.

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Local businesses unscathed by fall quarter, lower-than-average GDP

The road to national economic recovery hit a slight barrier during the end of 2012, according to a bleak gross domestic product report released this week. The economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent during the last three months of 2012, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. This fourth-quarter report is the worst quarter the U.S. economy has seen in three and a half years. Economic experts expect growth this year to rebound at a rate of 1.5 percent, which still is lower than the pace it has kept during the past three years.

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MSU competing in state-wide Gift of Life Campus Challenge

Although many MSU students try to give back to the community through service and philanthropy, one student group wants Spartans to donate a little more than just their time. The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostic Student Association, or BLDSA, is competing in the Gift of Life Campus Challenge. The competition pits colleges across Michigan against one another to see who can get the most students to register with Michigan’s organ and tissue donor registry. As of Wednesday night, Wayne State University was ahead of MSU by almost 200 registrants with MSU in second place overall. Jaya Gupta, BLDSA’s Gift of Life coordinator, said the goal of the competition is to increase the number of donors on Michigan’s registry. “It will potentially allow for more people who are in need of organs to potentially be reached,” said Gupta, a biomedical laboratory science senior. The competition, which began Jan. 10 and will be completed Feb. 21, awards two trophies. One trophy is granted to the school who gets the most people to register. The other goes to the university who signs up the largest percentage of its student body, Gupta said.

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Economy, employment gives college appeal to freshmen

A record number of college freshmen think attending a university will help them get a better career, a recent survey shows. The results of the 2012 Freshman Survey were released Thursday by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The 2012 survey, which nearly 200,000 freshman across the country participated in, found 88 percent of those surveyed said the ability to get a better job was a very important reason to go to college.

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Spartasoft hosts annual Global Game Jam location

While some gamers spent their weekend at home playing “Halo” or “Call of Duty”, some Spartans challenged themselves to create video games of their own. Spartasoft, an MSU student organization that develops video game software, hosted its own version of the Global Game Jam, or GGJ, this weekend in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. Students created game concepts and designed their own video games with peers during the worldwide event, where teams challenge themselves to create a new video game based on a theme within 48 hours.

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