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A guide to MLK Day events at MSU A wide variety of events around Michigan State University’s campus will take place in celebration and remembrance of King in the days before and after the holiday.

The fight for African American representation in media

A day in the life with President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

In the history of mainstream media, African Americans have had to climb their way into the heart of every story.

MSU’s President starts and ends his day in the Cowles house. The State News shadowed Stanley Dec. 1, 2021 to break down all the things he does in between.




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What you missed over winter break for MSU athletics By Sara Tidwell stidwell@statenews.com With the start of spring semester, it’s only right As spring semester begins, The State News broke down all you may have missed in Michigan State athletics over winter break.

And, in case you missed it, former MSU guard Alyza Winston announced her commitment to Mississippi State on New Year’s Day via Twitter.


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After a week long pause to complete finals, the men’s and women’s basketball teams completed the remainder of their scheduled non-conference games. The women traveled to West Palm Men’s basketball Head Beach, Florida, for a Coach Tom Izzo cheers two-day invitational after the Spartans’ win event. The first game on Dec. 21, 2021. Photo against Florida Gulf by Chloe Trofatter Coast on Dec. 20, 2021 proved to be a record-breaking one when senior guard Nia Clouden surpassed All-American Tori Jankoska’s record of 42 points that had been set back in 2017. Clouden became the first athlete in MSU women’s basketball history to post 50 points in a single game. Despite Clouden’s hard work, the Spartans fell 85-84 in double overtime, and the second game against West Virginia on Dec. 21, 2021 showed no improvement when they fell 74-54. Clouden has recorded nine 20-plus point games this season. She also moved up to No. 7 on the MSU alltime career scoring list and is sixth in the nation for scoring. The men opened their winter break stint hot and ready with a game against Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, winning 90-78. Senior center Marcus Bingham Jr. had his best offensive performance of the year, scoring 17 points. They then took on coaching legend Tubby Smith’s High Point squad. The Spartans trailed at half but heroics from senior forwards Gabe Brown and Joey Hauser in the second half propelled them to a 13-point victory. The men then returned to Big Ten action with a gritty win against Northwestern on the road. Freshman guard Max Christie was crucial not only against his hometown Northwestern squad, but also against their next opponent, Nebraska. Christie helped take down the Cornhuskers in the final game of the holiday break with an efficient 21 points. The surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant impacted both programs heavily. The women were without freshman guard DeeDee Hagemann and graduate student guard Laurel Jacqmain for their Dec. 30, 2021 matchup against a previously undefeated Nebraska. Junior guard Moira Joiner was also out experiencing concussion symptoms. However, they were able to overcome the adversity at hand and the Cornhuskers were forced to succumb to their first loss of the season, 72-69. The Spartan ladies road game against Northwestern on Jan. 3 was later postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Wildcats’ program. The men lost freshman guards Christie and Pierre Brooks, Bingham and walk-on junior guard Steven Izzo for their game against High Point on Dec. 29, 2021. The COVID-19 issues didn’t stop there. The men’s game against rival Michigan was postponed. The Wolverines were down to less than the Big Ten required minimum of seven athletes to play. A date has not been confirmed for the rematch. The women had a chance to end the holiday break on a high note, but the Purdue Boilermakers surged in the fourth quarter to secure a 69-59 victory on Jan. 9. 2


MSU redshirt junior wide receiver Jayden Reed holds the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Trophy during post-game celebrations on Dec. 30, 2021. Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez

overtime of the Music City Bowl, it was No. 10 Michigan State’s turn to pull out the tricks in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The first half of the game was rocky, as junior running back Kenneth Walker III opted out for the NFL Draft. The Spartans trailed No. 12 Pittsburgh 14-10 at the half with lots of offensive hiccups and the Panthers only extended that lead to 21 by the middle of the fourth quarter. However, Head Coach Mel Tucker and his team are known for fourth-quarter dramatic comebacks. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne managed to connect to his high school buddy, redshirt junior wide receiver Jayden Reed, in the short right corner of the endzone for a touchdown to put the green and white up by three. Like it had been all night, the defensive line was there to save the day and provide the dagger. With Pittsburgh driving down the field and less than a minute on the clock, redshirt freshman linebacker Cal Haladay intercepted the route and ran his second pick-six of the season into the endzone, finalizing the score at 31-21. Following the victory, redshirt junior wide receiver Jalen Nailor decided to forgo his senior year and declared for the NFL Draft as well as starting redshirt senior offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis, who declined to use his COVID-19 year and declared for the draft. Reed posted to Twitter that he will be returning for his final year of eligibility and to take care of “unfinished business” in East Lansing. Senior safety Xavier Henderson will also return for the 2022 season.


The hockey team competed in the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29 and 30, 2021, where they fell 3-1 to Western Michigan in the first match and secured a 3-2 overtime upset against Michigan Tech in the second match. In their last series during the winter break, the Spartans took on a strong Minnesota squad. Despite leading or being tied in both games late in the second period, the Gophers offense exploded in the latter half of both games to secure a road sweep over the Spartans.


MSU announced effective Jan. 1, all spectators attending indoor campus sporting events must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before event start time to be granted access. The mask mandate is still in effect and the COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to attendees ages 12 and up. To meet the vaccine requirement, fans must show their vaccination card, along with a photo ID matching the name on the card. Digital images of vaccine cards will be accepted. TUES DAY, JAN UARY 1 1 , 2022

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A day in the life with President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. By Morgan Womack mwomack@statenews.com Photos by Thomas Ruth truth@statenews.com President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. starts and ends his day on campus in the Cowles House. Located near the MSU Union and Landon Hall, Stanley encounters many students crossing the lawn daily. “You’re certainly right in the middle of campus, so I would not be taking my garbage out in my underwear or something,” Stanley said. “But I think the advantage — what I really like about it — is that it’s on a widely crossed area. So, it’s kind of an intersection of campus, and it’s nice to run into students as I’m going back and forth.” Living on campus helps Stanley feel connected to the MSU community. “(It’s a) chance to be on campus, to be visible,” Stanley said. “I’m experiencing the same weather you’re experiencing — if it’s raining and gloomy outside, I’m walking through it just like everybody else. I think the

notion of being accessible from that perspective is important.” The State News shadowed Stanley on Dec. 1, 2021 to see what a day in the life as MSU’s president looks like. His agenda begins bright and early around 7 a.m. when he can be found responding to emails and attending meetings or interviews. Then he makes his way to the Hannah Administration Building to begin his regularly scheduled meetings.


Stanley walks down the hallway to his conference room, setting up his virtual meeting space. Microphones are wired throughout the room so during Zoom calls or recordings, anyone can be heard from their seat at the table. The president’s executive assistant, Jesselyn Nelson, hands him a colorful folder with an agenda tucked inside. Stanley attends a monthly leadership meeting with members of administration to discuss COVID-19 protocols. He appreciates the virtual


option to make the meeting more accessible and easy to work into each schedule. “I think it’s really improved attendance and the quality of discussion. I think is actually better perhaps than if we were in person,” Stanley said. “More people speak up.”

chairs, he takes off his glasses and turns toward the student who discusses concerns with support for other international students during the pandemic as well as mental health issues. After 15 minutes, Stanley meets with another student who asks for advice on success.



Stanley steps into his office to take a short break. At 10 a.m., he comes back into the conference room and sits at the other side of the table, leaving an open seat for the student scheduled to meet him. “I really enjoy those opportunities to talk with students and kind of understand how they’re experiencing an issue and occasionally think we need to do better, learn from them things we need to do better,” Stanley said. “I’ve told (Nelson) if we’re having a rough series of days, some type of meeting with students would be good.” Stanley stands at the door and shakes the hand of his first student, an international student from Chile. Sitting down in the open



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Before his last meeting of the morning, Stanley goes to his office to catch up on emails. He returns to the conference room to meet with the new Council of Graduate Students President Sara Hugentobler. He has a meeting with them monthly to discuss any issues relating to graduate students. He asks her about her previous career experience and chats with her for a bit before diving into issues like online classes and vaccination requirements.


Neatly laid out in a larger conference room down the hall are cans of soda and orders from Potbelly for the monthly executive strategy meeting. Stanley arrives a few minutes later, grabbing his salad before sitting down to start the

meeting. Chief of Staff Michael Zeig updates the group on inquiries and correspondence. Zeig said that weekly, the main line of the president’s office gets 75 to 100 calls. “Part of the responsibility that I have is to be willing to listen and understand what people’s challenges are,” Stanley said. “It’s a critical part of the job.” Provost Teresa Woodruff updates the group on the ethics initiative the university has been working on in tandem with the strategic plan. Executive Vice President of Administration Melissa Woo speaks about a new remote work policy and campus planning updates. After all items on the agenda are checked off, the team chats about their Thanksgiving break. Woodruff laughs while telling the group how she uses her extra time over break to make pies.


During the rest of the day, Stanley continues his back-toback meeting schedule with his direct reports, which are normally half-an-hour to an


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Back-to-back meetings are a commonality in Stanley’s schedule. After shaking hands with American Council on Education, or ACE, Fellow Wondwossen Gebreyes, he returns to the same chair. As Stanley and Gebreyes discuss a collaborative project between multiple universities, Nelson hands him another colorful folder with a stapled copy of the research information. Stanley appreciates the opportunity to research health issues and collaborate. “One of the challenges you have as president is that there’s always something happening every day,” Stanley said. “It’s good, it’s bad, it’s exciting, it’s striking. There’s always something coming up. And

so to take the time to actually be reading and to take the time to think about some of these issues is really important because I think that’s one of the things I find is lacking.”


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President Stanley during the monthly COVID-19 leadership meeting over Zoom on Dec. 1, 2021.

President Stanley celebrates Hanukkah with students at the Menorah lighting at the Union on Dec. 1, 2021.

hour long. He typically has individual hour-long meetings weekly with Woodruff, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Engagement Vennie Gore and Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Norman Beauchamp. The rest of the meetings are less frequent and scheduled throughout the month. “The frequency kind of depends on their jobs and how autonomous they can be and how much we feel we need to be in touch,” Stanley said.

hosted by MSU Hillel and Chabad. In front of the menorah, he stands on a stage and speaks to students before lighting the first candle. After the ceremony, Stanley socializes and poses for selfies with students. “It has been a very difficult year and we have worked through many challenges together,” Stanley said in his speech. “As we gather tonight to light the grand menorah, we’re reminded of the courage and power of faith to make the darkness light.”



Stanley bundles up to speak at the Hanukkah ceremony

The last item on Stanley’s agenda is to attend the men’s

basketball game at the Breslin against Louisville. Stanley’s day usually ends around 7p.m. “I’m not working 24 hours a day, that’s for sure,” Stanley said. In his free time, Stanley likes to run, play tennis, ride his Peloton and bike around campus. He said after long days, exercise helps him relax. To unwind, he likes to watch Netflix and catch up on movies he might have missed. “Exercise I find is a big stressbuster for me,” Stanley said. “It’s really a chance to focus on things other than work for a period of time.” It’s also essential for him to stay in touch with his family regularly through FaceTime

President Stanley has lunch with MSU’s executive strategy group on Dec. 1, 2021.

calls. He has four children and two grandchildren scattered out-of-state. Virtual opportunities have helped compress Stanley’s agenda and make meetings more effective. He said although in-person events are almost always better than virtual meetings, online interaction has changed his perspective. “The way in which (Microsoft) Teams and Zoom allow you to really change your approach to meetings and travel (has) really changed my thinking for these large meetings,” Stanley said. He said the hardest part of his job is having difficult conversations that

might let MSU community members down. “I think all of us want to make things right for people,” Stanley said. “When people come with problems and when you have to say we don’t have the money to invest in this … we don’t have the ability to change this particular policy or rule for these reasons. It’s difficult. … I think those are difficult conversations to have, but it’s part of the job.” Stanley said with so much responsibility in his career, he likes to keep track of positive changes made at the university. “Seeing that kind of progress and chalking that off and saying this is a victory I think is important,” Stanley said.

“There’s so many things happening at any given time it’s easy to lose track. When we’re making progress, acknowledge it. I think that’s important too, just to remind myself we’re moving some of these things forward.” The most rewarding part of Stanley’s day is interacting with students. “That’s what makes this job unique,” Stanley said. “There’s people who get to run organizations, but there’s not very many people who get to do something where you get to see people’s lives get transformed in front of you. You can see the opportunity for people to reach their full potential essentially through education.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.”

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A GUIDE TO MLK DAY EVENTS AT MSU By Drew Goretzka dgoretzka@statenews.com Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated nationwide Jan. 17, marking the 36th year of observance since its federal passage in 1986. The holiday aims to celebrate the achievements of the civil rights leader who famously led numerous actions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. A wide variety of events around Michigan State University’s campus will take place in celebration and remembrance of King in the days before and after the holiday. The State News has compiled these events into a comprehensive guide for a smoother celebrating experience.

FRIDAY, JAN. 14 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Fifth Annual Diversity Research Showcase

Presented by four MSU colleges, MSU Libraries, MSU Undergraduate Research and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, this showcase aims to highlight undergraduate student work that focuses on issues that further diversity and inclusion. The bulk of presentations will be focused on student-made posters, which will be open for viewing. This will be followed by oral presentations from each of the featured students. Cash awards will be handed at the end of the event for the best presentations in each category. This event will be fully online via Zoom.

SUNDAY, JAN. 16 12 p.m. - Interview with Witness #43: Mary Ellen Norwood-Ford

The Administrative Professional Association, or APA, will be hosting an interview with Mary Ellen Norwood-Ford, a witness to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. After the interview, a short question and answer session will be offered to the audience. The interview will take place via Zoom and participants must register prior to the event.

MONDAY, JAN. 17 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - MLK Student Leadership Conference

This event — hosted jointly by 12 campus-wide organizations — will feature presentations, student speakers, entertainment and lunch. Free T-shirts will be provided while supplies last. A raffle drawing for a variety of prizes will take place as well. The purpose of the conference is to “develop the leadership potential of current students, to provide a platform to elevate student voices, and to develop opportunities to build a community focused on common goals.” This event will directly lead into the MLK Commemorative March, which will be held at 3 p.m. The conference will be held in the MSU Union Ballroom and requires pre-registration via an online form.

3 p.m. - Annual MLK Commemorative March

This annual march will be held directly following the MLK Student Leadership Conference, beginning behind the MSU Union on Circle Drive and ending at Beaumont Tower. The event will be hosted by the MLK Student Planning Committee and the MSU Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. Registration is not required for this event.

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - 2022 Virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Conversation

This free event was originally scheduled to feature a dinner service at Kellogg Hotel but has been reformatted as a virtual event in the wake of MSU’s decision to start the semester’s classes online. The new online conversation will include speakers such as author Tamura Lomax, MSU Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett and MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Presented via Zoom, registration is available online.

Jan. 17 to Jan. 21 - Five Nights Towards Freedom

A partnership between MSU Libraries and WKAR Public Media brings a week-long commemorative film series. On Jan. 17 through Jan. 21, community members can tune in virtually to watch films such as “Whose Streets?,” “Night Catches Us,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker” and “Freedom Riders.”

All films begin at 7 p.m., and hosts will include Lomax, as MSU professors Rashida Harrison, Tama Hamilton-Wray and Jeff Wray — as well as . Students and community members are invited to register at lib.msu.edu.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 All Day - MLK Personal Day of Service

While it is not an organized event, MSU students are encouraged to partake in community service throughout campus and East Lansing on this day in support of King’s ideals regarding service to each person’s community. Registration is not required. However, students are encouraged to log their hours in the MSU Civic Life App.

THURSDAY, JAN. 20 6 p.m., Jan. 21 - Fifth Annual Social Justice Art Festival

In the fifth iteration of this two-day event, various artists will compete for cash prizes up to $500. All exhibitions will feature themes of social justice, and all artists will be MSU undergraduate or graduate students. No registration is necessary for this event. Due to recent developments related to COVID-19, this event will take place virtually via Zoom.


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The fight for African American representation in media By Liz Nass lnass@statenews.com Representation is the creation of equality and understanding. However, African American voices and stories have been silenced throughout history. Society is desperately trying to catch up with African American trauma to understand it, but human development and family studies senior Chloe Moore — the president of Black Media Entertainment at Michigan State University — is done waiting. “If you don’t have multicultural perspectives in anything you do, it shouldn’t be made,” Chloe Moore said. The creation of new wave Black American representation was made to create solidarity between the producers of different races and to understand the struggles of a community. However, the way these movies and documentaries dictate the narrative can be dramatized. While these content creators may believe it is their way of

seeing and hearing these stories, Chloe Moore said the African American community is tired of reliving and even acting out the trauma they experienced. Treasurer of Black Media Entertainment Lily Cross said instead of depicting traumatic experiences on television, the uniqueness of having different voices across the community should be embraced. “A lot of these traumatic things we experience don’t have to be put into media as that is,” Cross said. “It can be changed to show how we can grow from it, what we make of it and how we just learn to love our struggles and become better versions of ourselves ultimately.” Chloe Moore emphasized the importance of stars like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Regina King as actors leaning toward roles that allow the community to be heard authentically. Another standout source of Black media is the HBO comedy

series “Insecure” starring comedian and actress Issa Rae. “Especially as millennials, we do resonate with ‘Insecure’ because it’s funny and drama-free, where you don’t have to think about Black Lives Matter or shootings and we can relate,” Chloe Moore said. Even children’s media has evolved over the years, Cross said. Cross said new Disney and Pixar movies like “Encanto” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” have included new cultures the children’s companies had not explored before. She said these movies symbolize a childhood that many older generations missed out on when not being represented in their favorite cartoons. However, mainstream media does not end with streaming platforms. It also includes journalistic representation of the African American community. The problem with mainstream news is generalizations, Daniela Bondekwe, a neuroscience

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sophomore and Her Campus writer said. “Journalism has had moments where it has depicted African Americans in a negative light and often has thrived off of African Americans’ negative experience … to reiterate some stereotypes,” Bondekwe said. Bondekwe said she is most concerned about the effect this creates on those who have never actually interacted with the African American community. She said giving African Americans a platform to express themselves is the beginning of the solution. However, while this points the media in the correct direction, it also gives the African American community responsibility many did not ask for in society. “Being a Black woman, I have a lot of power to influence and show other Black girls growing up that they can do whatever they want, and grow and express themselves,” Bondekwe said. “Then there’s another part of me that I want to have the freedom of just expressing myself without feeling I have to carry the voices and be strong for a whole community.” Journalists like journalism freshman Maya Moore want to cover dynamic stories while also caring about her community and keeping attention on important topics like the Black Lives Matter movement. “Once we shift attention off specific topics, a lot of that momentum in a movement also

goes down, especially when you are not affected by this movement,” Maya Moore said. Maya Moore said social media could be an effective new tool to represent Black stories authentically. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Jan. 17. Reflecting on the MLK “I Have A Dream” speech that defined the beginning of Black representation, the freedom of the press and speech has changed with these platforms to reach even larger audiences in a shorter span of time, Maya Moore said. “You don’t even have to provide a speech to reach an audience,” Maya Moore said. “You can draft up a post and you can reach millions.” While the ability to post harmful things about these inspirational movements is also recognized, these platforms create representation mainstream media has never seen before. “Find people that aren’t the golden Black person or the golden title,” Cross said. “Just finding people in the community and the world and knowing that they have a story of their own no matter what they do or how they’re recognized in society. I think that’s a beautiful part of Black storytelling is that everyone has their unique touch.” Chloe Moore said progress has been made in representa-

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tion just based on the organization of Black Media Entertainment existing in wide appeal on campus, with creatives being able to produce content for themselves and others when it would be unheard of in the notso-distant past. Chloe Moore identified two factors that most greatly impact full representation of the African American community: education and awareness. “Educate, educate, educate,” Chloe Moore said. “Do not expect Black people to educate (you) because we’re Black. We are not responsible of teaching you things when there are resources out there. … ‘I don’t know’ is not really a reasonable excuse because there are so many ways to educate yourself. Even educating yourself on the proper knowledge is being a proper advocate.”

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