March is for Reading

The month of March is not only for basketball. March is reading month. So for Amy Lauerman’s fifth grade class at Thurston Elementary, the students have their own march madness bracket. However it is filled with books. “The whole idea of March is trying to get kids interested in books, and reading new books,” Lauerman said.

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Michigan State tournament streak gives Lansing sports fans something to root for

If you blinked, you just might have missed it. But the Michigan State Spartans led by head coach Tom Izzo ended their 2017 NCAA Tournament run after playing but two games. With a victory over Miami in the round of 64 and a loss to Kansas in the round of 32, it is not difficult to guess what East Lansing citizens were watching Friday and Sunday nights. But does the same loyalty to Spartan basketball exist next door in Lansing? Most people in Lansing are not directly connected to MSU other than the fact that they are only separated by a few miles.

Lucas Capalbo watches as his players perform dribbling drills. Photo by Zachary Manning

Do participation trophies hurt our motivation? Some say yes

To give or not to give? That question has become a hot topic over the past couple of years in sports regarding participation trophies. In a Reason-Rupe poll from 2014, results showed that 57 percent of Americans felt only winners should receive trophies, while 40 percent of Americans believed everyone should receive trophies regardless of winning or losing. Sports psychologist Dan Gould believes the 40 percent of Americans that believe everyone should get trophies is higher than previous generations, and says people have begun labeling this generation “the trophy generation.”

“Over the year’s trophies weren’t given to everyone, and now kids get a trophy for everything,” Gould said.  

Gould notes that it depends on what age level you are in, but once kids hit a certain age, they should only be getting trophies if they win because it could hurt the child’s motivation.

Image of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Photo taken by Andy Chmura

Nearby MSU gets cash registers to ring in Holt

For some, in order to enjoy their favorite sports team they need to be in their favorite restaurant or bar enjoying their favorite drinks and appetizers. This increase in customers benefit businesses financially but restaurant owners know not to depend on these customers for sales every weekend because they are “band wagoners” that will stop supporting their team if they stop winning. Michigan State sports have been major players in weekend activities for residents and in nearby Holt and Delhi Township. Holt and Delhi Township are only about 10 miles away from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, but fans that cannot make it to the game travel to their local bar and grills to enjoy the game with other fans. Restaurant owners take advantage of these customers to help increase their sales by making appetizers and drinks half-off and by purchasing larger televisions so that customers can sit at their tables to relax and enjoy the games instead of having to sit at the bar.

Fulfilling a Dream

East Lansing — Meet Cam Holding, head coach for MSU’s club lacrosse team. Who is giving back to the game he loves by coaching Michigan State, yet Holding is still living his own dream playing professional lacrosse. Holding was drafted in 2011 National Lacrosse League Draft and helped team Canada to a gold medal in the 2014 World Championships. “That was my favorite moment,” Cam Holding said. “Winning gold and wearing team Canada on my chest.”

The Legend of the Red Jacket

The red jacket is a symbol of Beaverton basketball. Roy Johnston, head coach of the Beaverton boy’s high school basketball team cemented his legacy by becoming the all-time wins leader for boy’s high school basketball in the state of Michigan. “He’s a fantastic man,” Athletic Director Ryan Roberts said. “He has meant so much to so many kids over the years.” With 15 district titles and five regional championships Johnston is still climbing new heights but what he means to the town of Beaverton, means a lot more.

Bars in Meridian Twp. use social media to bring in football fans

 

ESPN recorded that the NFL’s viewership has declined by 8 percent. However, sports bars in Meridian Township were still packed Super Bowl Sunday. According to Statista, an average of 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the Patriots defeat the Falcons in a stunning overtime victory on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though the NFL’s viewership has been on the decline, sports bars were still packed on Super Bowl Sunday. Most sports bars like to use promotions to draw a crowd for Super Bowl Sunday.

MSU athletes explore multicultural issues in student group

At the MSU vs. Wisconsin football game on Sept. 24, Spartan players Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod raised their fists during Star-Spangled Banner to protest racism. During the next game six other players joined in protest. Why did Gabe Sherrod feel it was important to speak up?

Should college athletes get paid?

The University of Georgia, North Carolina, Southern California, Alabama and Auburn: All Division I programs sanctioned by the NCAA because athletes accepted payments and gifts under the table. According to the NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot be paid for their athletic skills. They also cannot advertise, promote or endorse any product. However, their image and name can be used by the institution they attend for a wide variety of purposes. For example, a game program including a team’s roster and stats at a football game is sells for about $10.