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Ohio State promotes wellness

Student wellness programs at
Ohio State University have been
reformed to align with the find-
ings of a new study conducted
by Brown University and the
Miriam Hospital, The Ohio State
Lantern reported Monday.
The study suggests that col-
leges should intervene early, even
during a student's freshman year,
to assess alcohol abuse risk and
provide one-on-one feedback.
In addition to individualized
assessments and counseling,
the study also showed the effec-
tiveness of teaching moderation
strategies. A Brown press release
said colleges "screen all freshmen
within their first few weeks for
alcohol risk and offer effective
combinations of interventions for

those who report drinking."
The Brief Alcohol Screen-
ing and Intervention for College
Students program has shown its
commitment to making more of
an impact on campus. Amanda
Blake, program coordinator for
Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug
Education and Prevention at
OSU's Student Wellness Center,
described the program that has
been set in place as a potential
model for other universities.
MSU Launches Website
Geared Toward Higher
Education Advocacy
A new website created at
Michigan State University will
serve as an outlet for advocates of

LSA senior Ali Pierce poses during the tent the ton-
way fashion show in the Michigan League Tuesday.



A catnap
outside Cook
WHERE: Martha Cook
Residence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about
3 p.m.
WHAT: A 53-year-old
subject found sleeping on
a heating vent outside the
building was asked to move,
University Police reported.

Intruder alert Concert band Urban life
WHERE: University preformance seminar

higher education, The State News
reported Tuesday.
The website, named Spartan
Advocate, allows students to reach
policymakers so they can take
direct action toward decreasing
tuition and dealing with other
challenges facing MSU.
Governmental Affairs at MSU
has heightened efforts to educate
alumni clubs and legislators on
how the university allocates state
funds. Monique Field, assistant
vice president of strategic initia-
tives for Governmental Affairs,
said the website aims to reach out
to alumni who have the greatest
ability to influence legislators to
make degrees both more afford-
able and accessible.
Grand Rapids native
fired a gun at the drive-
thru window at McDon-
alds after employees botched
her order twice in a row, the
Huffington Post reported.
No one was injured and the
woman was later arrasted by
Grand Rapids police.
President Coleman
may spin the Cube each
morning, but it's the
service staff who move the
'U' each day. The Statement
takes an in-depth look at the
staff who shape this campus.
The Associated Press
reported Tuesday that
an Ohio woman chris-
tened Sheila Ranea Crabtree
changed her name to one
that reflects her "fun and
free-spirited nature": Sexy.
Her husband and daughters
approve of her change.

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WHEN: Monday at about
7:30 p.m.
WHAT: A subject who had
previously trespassed the
hospital was located by
HHC Security, University
Police reported. He was
later arrested on another
agency's warrant.

WHAT: Free preformance
featuring music from
Shostakovich, Whitacre,
Slyer, Hummel and Husa led
by conductor Mark Norman.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

WHAT: NYU associate
professor discusses crime
and violence in urban life.
WHO: Patrick Sharkey
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Henry F.
Vaughan School of Public
Health Building

Volatile visitor Eye can't find Do Something
WHERE: University my phone and Play Day
Hospital performance
WHEN: Monday at 8:10 WHERE: Kellogg Eye WHAT: A wav to de-stress

WHAT: University Police
reported an unruly visitor
found yelling at staff on
the seventh floor. He was
escorted out of the building
and issued a trespass

WHEN: Monday at about
8:30 a.m.
WHAT: A cell phone was
taken from the lobby on
Feb. 7between 8:55 a.m.
and 9 a.m., University Police
reported. There are cur-
rently no suspects.

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and connect with other
students on campus. Free
pizza, popcorn, plinko, spin
art and other games will be
WHO: Center for Campus
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Pierpont

WHAT: Samples from his
third album, "The Lights
from the Chemical Plant."
WHO: Robert Ellis
WHEN: a p.m.
WHERE: The Ark, 316 S.
Main St.
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Asteroid mining could be

Petition started to revive

beneficial for space travel part-time legislature

Materials from
space potentially
beneficial to Earth
resource supplies
Daily StaffReporter
Earth is more than just our
home planet - it's is a giant
spaceship with a finite amount
of materials. Strain on Earth
is resources grows in propor-
tion to the human population,
and the planet is already run-
ning out of important materials
such as the rare earth metals
that make our electronics work.
However, some University
researchers are embarking on
an effort to lessen the stress on
the mother ship: the endeavor

of asteroid mining.
Asteroid mining refers to
a future practice in which
humans could prospect, cor-
ral and mine asteroids - flying
chunks of rock in space - for
useful materials such as water,
iron, platinum and rare earth
metals. The materials could be
used for many different eco-
nomic and welfare purposes.
NASA's 2014 budget proposal
contains the Asteroid Initiative,
which provides a model of what
asteroid mining would look like.
The first step of the initiative
would be prospecting, or exam-
ining an asteroid to determine
what elements it contains. The
second step would be redirec-
tion, or capturingthe asteroid to
bring it under control and mov-
ing it to a safe place for mining,
such as the Moon's orbit. The
third and final step would be

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the mining itself, either manned
or unmanned.
One purpose of asteroid min-
ing would be to utilize materials
in space exploration. Engineer-
ing Prof. Alec Gallimore said
asteroid miningwouldbe avalu-
able contribution to expanded
space programs.
"The question is,'What is the
most efficient way of colonizing
the solar system?"' he said. "And
the notion of doing that might
be so-called 'living off the land.'
Instead of bringing resources
that we need to colonize Mars,
asteroids, etc. all the way from
the Earth, what if we were able
to actually extract those essen-
tial materials that are needed
With a current cost of about
$10,000 per pound to send
something into orbit, the pos-
sibility of using materials found
in space,.as opposed to
bringing all supplies
from Earth, would
be the most cost- and
energy-effective option
This would fit into
what Engineering Prof.
Brian Gilchrist said is a
"resurgence and entre-
preneurial mindset of
new things we can do
in space that haven't
been considered at all."
Gilchrist's research
focuses on space teth-
ering, which involves
connecting two space-
craft with a conductive
cable. As the spacecraft
orbit in Earth's elec-
tromagnetic field, the
cable becomes charged.
Solar power is used to
add or leak charge from
this circuit, causing the
two spacecraft to move
up or down. This theo-
retical system would
allow the satellites to
gain momentum with-
out a propellant, and
could have practical
applications for tug-

Michigan group to
gather signatures for
small government
ballot proposal
Daily StaffReporter
This weekend, organizers will
begin the hunt for more than
320,000 signatures necessary
to put their proposal for a part-
time legislature on a statewide
The Committee to Restore
Michigan's Part-Time Legisla-
ture launched a petition to bring
the question of a part-time leg-
islature before voters on the
Nov. 4 election ballot. The peti-
tion was approved Feb. 6 by the
Board of State Canvassers.
This petition is the first
attempt by this eight-member
committee to bring the proposal
before voters.
If the petition is approved,
it would not be the first time
the state has operated under a
part-time legislature. Though
Michigan has had a full-time
legislature since 1963, it is only
one of four states - along with
California, New York and Penn-
sylvania - that still have a full-
time legislature.
By enacting a part-time legis-
lature, lawmakers would be paid
less and would work on a part-
time basis. Additionally, the leg-
islature would only meet during
a limited number of days.
Committee Chairman Norm
Kammeraad said a part-time
legislature would help lawmak-
ers prioritize their work in Lan-
"(The proposal) will make
government more efficient by
taking the legislature that we
have ... and placing it in a part-
time role," he said.
The petition would establish
60 days as the maximum annual
number of legislative sessions,
and would reduce legislators'

salaries from roughly $75,000
to $35,000 annually. The plan
would also reduce the total
number of legislative staff mem-
bers to 250.
Kammeraad also wants to see
full disclosure of payments of
legislators' expenses.
He added that one of the
main issues behind the propos-
al is that the cost of producing,
adopting and enforcing each leg-
islative bill is too high. By short-
ening the time legislators spend
in their roles, they will be forced
to prioritize the bills they work
"They are not going to have
the time to sit there and try to
make a name for themselves," he
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) said he views the effort
as an unproductive reaction of
dismay toward the government.
"Part time legislature is going
to guarantee that we have less
capable, less qualified and less
well-informed legislators," he
The pay cuts will also nega-
tively affect legislators, Irwin
said. People will be less effective
as legislators because they will
be more focused on doing other
jobs to generate income.
"It will also mean that the
types of people who can run
for office are going to be either
retired folks or extremely
wealthy folks because (those)
who have to work for a living
and have to pay for their mort-
gage - those people aren't going
to be able to be public servants,"
he said.
Another component of the
proposal will require the disclo-
sure of all bills five days before
a vote of the legislature. This
change will allow the public
time to examine the content of
the bill, Kammeraad said. Under
the current system, legislators
do not know the content of all
the bills they pass.
"What we've got right now is
it comes out of the committee
and it goes for vote, instantly,"
Kammerad said. "And there's

no disclosure, nobody is given
the chance to absorb it. Not even
the legislators themselves know
what they are voting on half the
Though Irwin said he rec-
ognizes the volume of bills can
pose a challenge, he said a part-
time legislature would only
increase the extent of the prob-
"There will still be a flood of
complicated issues; legislators
will just have far less time and it
will be far more likely that leg-
islators will be voting on issues
that they don't really under-
stand," he said.
LSA sophomore Derek Magill,
president of the University's
chapter of Young Americans for
Liberty, said he fully supports
the idea of a part-time legisla-
ture, as well as the reduction in
He added that though some
members of his organization
have been working closely with
those involved in the part-time
legislature committee, there has
been no formal alliance between
the two groups.
"My organization hasn't
thought about doing that yet, but
that may be something coming
down the pipeline depending on
whether it gets enough atten-
tion on campus," Magill said.
"It's something my organization
definitely supports."
As the committee begins to
gather signatures, Kammeraad
said the petition drive will be
conducted on a grassroots basis.
"Right now we have already
allocated captains in just about
every county in the state who
will be leading the petition drive
in their counties," he said.
The committee needs to gath-
er the signatures before July 7
for the proposal to appear on the
Nov. 4 ballot.
The committee will end the
petition drive on July 1 so it can
prepare to submit the results to
the Michigan Secretary of State.
Kammeraad also said the group
has set a 400,000-signature tar-
get to ensure its goal is met.




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