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Michigan State University Women’s Rugby; no mercy

Posted by Jamie Gnebba on February 10, 2009

A mini documentary shedding some light on a sport that is unknown to many.


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MSU Students talk Spartan Hockey

Posted by Anthony Allen Pollreisz on February 6, 2009

In a season which so far has included an off-ice brawl which sent sophomore defenseman A.J. Sturges to the hospital with a season-ending injury, an on-ice incident which led to season-ending suspensions of sophomore forward Corey Tropp and now-former Spartan forward Andrew Conboy, and one of the worst records since the team’s inception, Anthony Allen Pollreisz talks to MSU students about the state of the Spartan hockey program.

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Michigan State Table Tennis Team returns after hiatus

Posted by James Andersen on February 5, 2009


After being on hiatus for a few years, the Michigan State University Table Tennis team has returned.

Mike Mehl, an accounting senior and treasurer of the club, said that after playing table tennis with some friends over the summer, he was interested in trying to get the club started up again.

“We found out that there was a club a couple years back and we contacted some of the administrators from that club,” he said.

Now the club, about 25 members strong, meets every Monday and Wednesday in IM West. The team finished fourth at the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association’s Ohio Division Tournament.

Finance freshman Jingting (Sammy) Hu faired well at the regional tournament, finishing 4-2 in his first NCTTA tournament.

Hu learned to play table tennis in primary school in China and says he was surprised when he came to MSU to find that a lot of Americans enjoy table tennis.

“I think playing in America is very good, (it’s) just for fun. We don’t have any pressure,” Hu said.

The club is currently practicing for another regional tournament at the end of the month and Mehl hopes that a good finish there will be enough to qualify the team for the national tournament.

“We got some really good players this year. We placed fourth last semester and hoping to finish first or second in the one coming up,” Mehl said.

For those interested in joining the team, the club has open membership and encourages players to join. Mehl said that the team has grown pretty rapidly in membership and hopes that it will continue to grow.

I think the biggest thing about the table tennis club is that anyone can play, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter if you’re in shape, you can just come hang out and have fun,” he said.

For more on the MSU Table Tennis team visit the team’s Web Site or check them out on Facebook.

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Michigan State University women’s rugby practice; video sequence

Posted by Jamie Gnebba on January 30, 2009

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Pros and cons of sports drinks; water may be just as beneficial when sweating

Posted by Jamie Gnebba on January 30, 2009

Even many athletes who use sports drinks don’t know the nutritional value. We talked to some Michigan State University athletes and told them about a few of the studies we found.



Sometimes the sound of Lemon-Lime or Gatorade Frost sound better than plain old water. But before you reach for that sports drink to quench your thirst, there are a few things you should know.

Sports Drinks vs. Water

Every commercial for sports drinks emphasizes the benefits of replenishing electrolytes that you sweat out during exercise. If you are the professional athlete in that commercial then that is probably beneficial, but for many others that is not the case.

Studies have shown that the loss of electrolytes is not extremely prevalent unless you are sweating profusely for over 60 minutes. Until that time, water is able to replenish what the body loses in sweat.

No excess weight

Another reason you may not be so eager to grab a sports drink is on the label. A 12-ounce bottle of Gatorade Rain contains 75 calories, 21 grams of sugar and 165 milligrams of sodium. A report from the University of California at Berkeley‘s Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health warned that students who drink one 20-ounce sports drink every day for a year may gain about 13 pounds.

Keeping your teeth healthy

One thing many people don’t think about while drinking is their teeth. A study done at the University of Iowa shows that the common sports drink, Gatorade, erodes teeth faster than Coke. Researchers dunked teeth in test tubes filled with regular Coke, Diet Coke, Gatorade, Red Bull, or 100 percent apple juice.

Every five hours, the researchers refreshed the beverages. After 25 hours, they examined the teeth with a microscope. All of the teeth showed erosion, but different beverages had significantly different effects.

On the enamel, Gatorade was significantly more corrosive than Red Bull and Coke. Red Bull and Coke, in turn, were significantly more corrosive than Diet Coke and apple juice.

What is in sports drinks?

After looking at the label on sports drinks a little more, the unsettling fact arises that the three main ingredients they contain are water, high fructose corn syrup, and salt.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the number one source of calories in the US. It is the most prevalent sweetener used in foods and beverages today, and has been clearly linked to the rise in obesity and metabolic syndrome.

In addition, a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains approximately 275 milligrams of sodium, almost 12 percent of the recommended daily allowance for people ages 14 to 18. Already, more than 75 percent of children consume more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, according to the Institute of Medicine.


If you are going to drink a sports drink, remember these helpful tips

For exercise or physical exertion lasting less than 1 hour:
• Plain water works just fine and is cost effective.
• If the flavor of a sports drink is more
appealing, that’s fine to drink, too. Just
remember, sports drinks are not calorie- or

For extended periods of exercise or for physical exertion lasting 1 hour or more:
• Sports drinks containing carbohydrates and
electrolytes help prevent dehydration and
restore important minerals lost through
perspiration, and they produce better hydration
than water.

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