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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Pres. makes
appeal for
gun control

'U' experts laud
Obama's fifth
State of the Union
Daily StaffReporter
On Tuesday night, President
Barack Obama gave the first
State of the Union address of
his second term in office.
While Obama did discuss
issues such as the federal debt,
immigration reform and the
status of the U.S. economy,
the address focused primar-
ily on education and gun con-
trol, which has galvanized the
nation since the Newtown,
Conn. elementary school shoot-
ing that left 27 dead.
"Because in the two months
since Newtown, more than a
thousand birthdays, gradua-
tions and anniversaries have
been stolen from our lives by a
bullet from a gun," Obama said
in his address.
Michael Heaney, an assis-
tant professor of organizational
studies and political science,

said the strategy of pushing for
a vote on gun control within
the speech without a specifi-
cally partisan slant will likely
advance Obama's legislative
"Probably the most effective
part of the speech was where
he said, 'They deserve a vote,'
and he kept repeating that,"
Heaney said. "That's a really
smart strategy because he's not
saying, 'You're a Republican,
and you have to support these
measures that you don't agree
Heaney added that because
the American people are mostly
in favor of more stringent gun
restrictions, he believes the
proposed measures are pass-
"The reason why that is a
particularly effective strat-
egy is that is has the prospect
of forcing all these people in
Congress to basically go on the
record and vote against what
would be fairly popular mea-
sures," Heaney said.
During the speech, Obama
also rallied for Democrats and
Republicans to bring together

Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) struggled against Michigan State yesterday, shooting just 1-for-11 from the field. Michigan lost 75-52.
'M' bludgeoned at Breslin

Spartans hand
Michigan its worst
loss since 2007 in
23-point rout
Daily Sports Editor
EAST LANSING - Flanked by
Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison and
Lloyd Carr, Zack Novak could do
nothing but look on and shake his
head from behind the visitor's
bench as chants of "overrated"

rained down on the No. 4 Michi-
gan basketball team.
Two years earlier, Novak's
grittiness and toughness willed
the Wolverines to an upset over
the Spartans at the Breslin Cen-
ter, but Tuesday, Michigan was
not only outmatched physically,
but also out-hustled and out-
worked time and time again. The
eighth-ranked Spartans flexed
an impressive inside-outside
domination, winning 75-52 in
what Michigan State coach Tom
Izzo called his team's best game
in three years.
After its previous three losses.

came by a combined 14 points,
little could salvage the embar-
rassment of Michigan's 23-point
defeat at the hands of its in-state
rival, the program's worst loss
since an 80-57 loss at home to
Purdue on Dec. 28, 2010.
"They came out early and
came at us all day long," said
redshirt junior forward Jordan
Morgan. "I just don't think we
brought it. With them playing the
way we were, it's hard to compete
in a game like that.
"As a whole, we just didn't
show up today. ... I hope us as
a team, I hope we realize what

happened today - that's just not
With the win, Michigan State
(10-2 Big Ten, 21-4 overall)
assumed sole possession of first
place in the Big Ten.
The Spartansbeat Michigan in
nearly every phase of the game,
including a decisive win on the
glass, 40-28, which included 14
offensive boards that led to 18
second-chance points.
"Hunger, pride, hustle points,
hustle plays, rebounding, defense
- all the things that you can con-
trol, we didn'tdothattoday," said

Cafe in
now 24
Staffing issues, costs
complicate around-
the-clock operation
Daily StaffReporter
Late-night munchies can
now be satisfied for those
who burn the midnight oil
at Shapiro Undergraduate
As promised in Central Stu-
dent Government President
Manish Parikh's 2012 cam-
paign, a 24-hour cafe has been
opened on Central Campus.
Bert's Cafe, located on the first
floor of the UgLi, is now open
24 hours on Sunday through
Wednesday as part of a pilot
program during the winter
The new hours were imple-
mented mid-January, but CSG
See CAFE, Page SA


Mich. high court rules
against patient-to-
patient pot market

Students attend and discuss current topics at the 104th Founders Day of the NAACP in Haven Hall yesterday.
Second pair of hopefuls
announce CSG canddac

4-1 ruling says
law does not
legalize sales
Daily Staff Reporter
Medical marijuana laws
are still a smoking-hot topic in
Michigan courts.
Last Friday, the Michigan
Supreme Court ruled in a 4-1
decision that patient-to-patient
medical marijuana dispensa-
ries are illegal after an ongo-.
ing trial involving a dispensary
based in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The court ruled that the sale
of marijuana is not protected
by the Michigan Medical Mari-
juana Act, and is therefore out-
side the law. A court document
said "patient-to-patient sales
... do not qualify for immunity
because they encompass mar-
ijuana-related conduct that is
not for the purpose of alleviat-
ing the transferor's debilitating
medical condition or its symp-
The disputed dispensary,
Compassionate Apothecary,
was found to have been in vio-

lation of the MMMA on the
grounds that the business was
facilitating patient-to-patient
transfers. The dispensary is
now closed.
Compassionate Apothecary
operated by allowing registered
medical marijuana users to rent
lockers in which to store mari-
juana plants that could be sold
to other registered patients or
The case began when a
Mount Pleasant County pros-
ecuter filed a complaint against
Compassionate Apothecary,
claimingthatthe operationwas
not legal under the MMMA and
a public nuisance.
The first court to preside
over the case found Compas-
sionate Apothecary not guilty,
but after a lengthy legal process
the state of Michigan took the
case to the state Supreme Court
in October 2012.
In order to remain within
the law, registered patients are
expected to purchase medical
marijuana from state-approved
caregivers, or grow the plant
themselves. However, the law
does not provide guidance on
how to purchase marijuana
See POT, Page SA

Swider could be
first freshman to
hold presidency
Daily StaffReporter
With Central Student Gov-
ernment's elections just around
the corner. LSA freshman Nick

Swider announced he will run
for the CSG presidency with
LSA junior Jill Clancy as his
running mate. They are the sec-
ond confirmed candidates for
the 2013 election cycle.
Clancy currently serves as
the chief programming officer
for CSG. Swider was selected by
current CSG President Manish
Parikh last semester to serve as
an intern under Clancy's leader-

ship. Through workingtogether
on student government initia-
tives, Swider and Clancy real-
ized that they would be "perfect
The duo decided Swider
should run for the presidency
- because he has more time to
give to the job, Clancey said.
Despite the fact that Clancy is
a year ahead of Swider, she said
See CSG, Page SA

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