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Laws to prevent a repeat of Nassar
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston is molding his play to be a leader of MSU men’s basketball as the season progresses.
The State News Editorial Board reruns a piece from one year ago, with the purpose of shining the light on university transparency.
Legislators are pushing for laws to prevent crimes like those of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
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t’s been one year since The State News ran the editorial: “Controversies, crimes at MSU should not be met with silence.” It discusses the need for transparency, the need for MSU to be forthcoming with its faults and the need for MSU to be combative when it comes to sexual assault and sexual harassment on its campus. While some of the examples used in the editorial were more relevant then, its main point still stands strong today. When the editorial ran, it seemed MSU’s lack of transparency couldn’t get any worse. But the university still faces the same issue as it did then — and one could argue the problem is worse now. Multiple investigations of MSU are being conducted to determine who knew what and what went wrong regarding ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. But it’s after the investigations are completed that it will be most important for MSU to move forward with honesty and openness. Being transparent means a lot of different things: It means providing information quickly and as soon as it becomes available, allowing administrative workings to be observed by the public eye and it means being responsive and proactive when big issues arise. And most of all, it means being unafraid to share the facts, even if they make someone or something look unsavory. The State News is running the editorial from more than one year ago for a reason. It’s still relevant today, despite the hopes, pleas and callings from the ones who make up the university. One year later, we have seen little improvement. In reality, we shouldn’t have to call for it ever.
Here is the editorial from Feb. 13, 2017.
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sexual assault broke. Spartan Marching Band, or SMB, Director John T. Madden sexually harassed a member of SMB and made her uncomfortable to the point where she was unable to return to campus — she is finishing her degree online. His conduct toward the student was found unwelcome behavior of sexual nature by MSU's Office of Institutional Equity. Four hours after The State News published the Madden article, news broke that three members of the MSU football team and a staff member are under investigation for sexual assault by a Title IX consultant for the Office of Institutional Equity. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are long-standing problems on campus. MSU must start addressing these issues from their beginnings. MSU must start taking initiative to become more transparent. MSU needs to start playing offensively instead of defensively. MSU spokesperson Jason Cody sent a statement to other university officials regarding Madden’s sexual harassment in October 2016 in anticipation that the story would soon surface, according to documents obtained by The State News. These documents were given to The State News from the victim of Madden's sexual harassment. Yet, MSU did not send out a press release about the Madden incident as they did for the sexual assault investigation involving members of the football team. When Cody was asked for comment before The State News published the Madden article, he sent us the statement found in documents dated October 2016. That is not acting offensively. MSU should have been proactive in bringing a sexual harassment case concerning a public figure to light. Instead, the university waited until The State News pressed them to release a statement. On Aug. 31, 2016, Madden addressed the SMB and told them he exchanged text messages with a student, which showed “poor judgment.” Members of the band were not specifically informed that their leader, and role model to most, had been found by OIE, to have sexually harassed one of their own. They were told by Madden that he had "violated policy on RVSM." RVSM stands for relationship violence and sexual misconduct and a violation of such can mean a number of different things at MSU.
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Transparency is an important part of being a public institution. By not specifically telling SMB that its director of 27 years had sexually harassed a SMB member MSU, with knowledge or not, chose a side. MSU, this is a failure. As a public institution, MSU should be forthcoming, but since the Madden article was published, a State News reporter has not been allowed to talk to any personnel in MSU’s Academic Human Resources department. In an email, Cody repeatedly refused the reporter access to these officials. MSU, this is yet another failure. Transparency is when members of a public institution, like MSU, are willing to talk to the media, even when their reputation might be damaged. One of the reasons the media exists is to hold public institutions accountable. The State News cannot hold MSU accountable if we are not given access to staff and faculty. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has remained silent about Madden and the sexual assault investigation. Students and members of the MSU community deserve to have the administration and our president acknowledge a problem when it persists. When our university remains silent on issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault, it shows us it is again acting only in the defense of the brand. More cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault will continue to come out and MSU cannot keep responding the way it currently does. The State News calls the university’s willingness to be open into question. While a blanket statement can’t be made, MSU is not transparent in every capacity. And for what purpose? MSU is quick to talk about its compliance with procedures and is even quicker to talk about its achievements as a public university. But is it worth keeping the truth about incidents on campus ambiguous just to preserve its good name? If the university was truly compliant with procedures and acted in an unconcealed way, the administration would have no problem addressing incidents concerning public figures from the start. There would be no problem with reporters talking to MSU’s Academic Human Resources department. And there would be no problem with informing the MSU community about how OIE and other university departments handled the sexual harassment case concerning Madden. The fact that there are problems suggests MSU’s current level of transparency is just not enough. Community members simply cannot allow MSU to continue this way. In addition to our concerns with MSU’s transparency, we call into question the amount of information the university keeps unseen from the members of the MSU community and the media. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The only way to find answers is to keep pushing for the university’s openness. The State News will continue to push for the truth and our staff urges members of the MSU community to do the same. This is not the end of the university’s combative stance on truth seekers. This is just the beginning. The State News Editorial Board is currently made up of the Editorin-chief Rachel Fradette, Managing Editor McKenna Ross, Campus Editor Madison O’Connor, City Editor Souichi Terada, Sports Editor Jonathan LeBlanc, Features Editor Sasha Zidar, Copy Chief Casey Holland, Staff Representative Marie Weidmayer and Diversity Representative Maxwell Evans.
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MSU’s 16th president Cecil Mackey, Jr. dies BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM
Former MSU president Maurice Cecil Mackey, Jr. died on Feb. 8 at age 89. The former president, who served at MSU from 1979-85 as MSU’s 16th president, also served as president of two other major universities and as an official for several federal agencies, according to a press release from MSU Communications and Brand Strategy Wednesday. “Cecil Mackey led MSU during some of its toughest budget years and his training as an economist was fully tested,” Interim MSU President John Engler said in the press release. “But he conducted himself with a grace and civility that always left those he encountered amazed at his inner strength. His presence on campus in the classrooms and courtside will be missed. To his wife, Clare, and the Mackey family I offer my sincere condolences upon the passing of a true Spartan.” Mackey came to MSU amid a financial crisis after working at the University of South Florida and Texas Tech University. During his time as MSU’s president, Mackey
selected MSU’s first female vice president and first black vice president. Mackey opened the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, started a program to establish endowed chairs and increased private financial support to MSU. Mackey also faced a nearly $30 million budget shortfall and downsized the College of Nursing. “I was assistant to the president in Cecil Mackey’s early tenure. He came with a lot of experience and was extremely thoughtful and analytic,” former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon recalled in the press release. “During some of the more difficult economic times for the state and the university, he demonstrated great personal courage in his approach to those sometimes-contentious challenges.” Following his tenure, he and his wife, Clare, stayed in East Lansing where he continued teaching economics at MSU. Mackey, born Jan. 23, 1929, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM.
Sophomore guard Miles Bridges (22) embraces MSU head coach Tom Izzo after the men’s basketball game against Purdue on Feb. 10 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Boilermakers, 68-65. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
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The State News interviewed 14 couples who met their significant other while working or currently working in the office. This features couples from the 1940s to modern day. “It’s probably difficult for people on the outside looking in to wrap their mind around it, but again, when you’re under those circumstances, you see these people day in and day out and you forge a friendship,” former State Newser Josh Sidorowicz said. “You start hanging out more, you’re going to parties, suddenly we were going to baseball games and seeing family. All of the sudden it becomes something more.” Josh met his partner at The State News in 2010.
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Madison O’Connor and Souichi Terada
For the first semester campus editor Madison O’Connor and city editor Souichi Terada worked together, they weren’t really sure who the other person was. They had one journalism class together, in fall 2016. Souichi slept through the class almost every time, they said. Eventually, the two of them started texting and Snapchatting during class, and the communication increased during winter break. Everything started to fall into place at the end of February 2017, when they told each other that they liked each other. Then, they went to Chicago during spring break with a group of friends. “I think it helped. It definitely wasn’t the end all be all,” Madison said. “It wasn’t like, ‘this was the moment that everything fell into place.’ But it definitely helped that we were able to spend time with each other outside the newsroom.” When they started dating on March 18, 2017, they tried to keep the information quiet at first. “We tried to keep it a secret,” Souichi said. “Did we?” Madison asked. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely. Don’t give me that.” But, current Editor-in-Chief Rachel Fradette made sure the whole newsroom knew they were dating, Madison said. The fact that they both work at The State News helps make their relationship work, Souichi said. “Everyone says they hate The State News, but in reality we all love The State News so much. It’s just trendy and kind of fun to say, but at the end of the day, that’s the reality, so that’s life,” Souichi said. “That’s how our relationship is, too. We both complain about The State News a lot, but at the end of the day, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for this place.”
Having someone else who knows the amount of time that goes into the job makes their relationship stronger. “The fact that I’m the campus editor and he’s the city editor makes it so The State News — it is mostly good. I would say that The State News has had a huge influence on our relationship,” Madison said. “We met here, we would hang out here all the time together before we started dating. We obviously work together, we obviously now work together in the aspect of posting stories together, making sure each other’s held accountable and giving each other advice. I think it’s definitely had an influence but it’s also a good influence.” While their lives tend to revolve around work, they refuse to let it consume their relationship. “As much as The State News has influenced our relationship, it’s also important to make sure that you’re not talking about it constantly or letting it consume your life,” Madison said. “Pretty much our time spent together is doing homework, State News stuff, doing puzzles and going to Cracker Barrel.” They try to limit “shop talk” to an hour a day, they said. “It’s kind of hard to say what our relationship is without The State News because we’ve never experienced that,” Madison said. “We will this summer, though.” This summer will be the first time in their relationship without The State News in their lives. “Summer should be interesting just because neither of us will be here,” Souichi said. Souichi will be in Nashville and Madison will be in Grand Rapids for their respective internships. “I’ll miss him a lot and I probably won’t get to see him very often, but I think at the end of the day, nothing’s really going to change,” Madison said.
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“It’s kind of hard to say what our relationship is without The State News because we’ve never experienced that.” Madison O’Connor Campus Editor
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In May 1943, Neva Ackerman Moyer became the first female managing editor at The State News, filling the role after her future husband Sheldon Moyer left to serve in World War II. Neva died in November 2017 and Sheldon in 1977, so their story is retold by granddaughter Shelley Danner. Sheldon was appointed managing editor and Neva was assistant editor of The State News in June 1942. Then, in September 1942, Sheldon led a successful drive to increase State News production from three days a week to five and include articles from other news organization to keep students informed on world events. “They met at The State News and they were friends, but they didn’t start dating at that time,” Shelley said. Sheldon graduated early in April 1943 and joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a captain in the 10th Armored Division. “When all the men were going off to war, my grandmother was asked to take over his role as managing editor,” Shelley said. “She led the first ever all-female editorial team.” After graduating in June 1944, Neva took a job with the Associated Press in Lansing. She would regularly check the casualty and wounded lists of American soldiers for familiar names. “One day in 1945, she saw his name show up on the list of returning service men who were recovering in the hospital in Battle Creek,” Shelley said. “She wrote a note to him wishing him a speedy recovery and that was the reconnection.” Sheldon “called on” Neva after his release from the hospital and the “rest is history.” Neva moved to New York City in 1945 for a reporting job with AP, and she kept dating Sheldon. In 1947, she returned to Michigan and married him on Sept. 18, 1948. They had three children, Marcia, Mark and Jane, and five grandchildren, Shelley and Molly Danner, Christopher and Kathleen Moyer and Michael Wise. Sheldon was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart and MSU Distinguished Alumni Award. Neva was inducted into The State News Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and was awarded the Blue Key Sweetheart. The Sheldon and Neva Ackerman Moyer Endowed Scholarship was established for MSU journalism and advertising students with a preference for those who work at The State News, in memory of her grandparents, Shelley said. “This story is really one of my most favorite stories,” Shelley said.
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Suzanne and Jeff Kart
Suzanne Kart couldn’t stand Jeff Kart when they first met. Suzanne started at The State News in January 1991, and Jeff joined around March. They were both sophomores. “I kind of played the field,” Jeff said. “I dated a lot of Suzanne’s friends and coworkers, but I guess I always had my eye on Suzanne, because eventually I ended up with her.” “Yeah, but I couldn’t stand him,” Suzanne said. He was – and still is – very loud with everything he does, including typing on a keyboard, Suzanne said. They now both work from home, but they have two offices because Suzanne can’t work in the same room as Jeff, she said. During a party their sophomore year, they hooked up, “nothing too salacious, but we did kind of hook up,” Suzanne said. After that, Jeff asked her what they were going to tell people at work the next day, because he was worried about what they would think, he said. Suzanne thought he was embarrassed and didn’t talk to him for six months. Jeff would “bum smokes off her” because it was the only way she would talk to him. Their junior year, Suzanne moved into a house where State Newsers used to live on Charles Street. “I lived there for a year, and this is during the time, though, that Jeff would drive me crazy, and I would tell people, ‘don’t go out with him, he’s too loud,’” Suzanne said. “We were still friends, we were still friends, right, or not at all?” Jeff said. “We were kind of friends,” Suzanne said. At the end of their junior year, Jeff moved into the house and they became real friends. They would be the first in the house awake after parties so they would collect and return cans and then go out to breakfast. They would also go to happy hour together at the Landshark Bar and Grill, while dating other people the other person didn’t like, Suzanne said. “Even if we were dating other people, him and I would be out all the time,” Suzanne said. Suzanne graduated in May 1993 and moved home to Dearborn, while Jeff was in school until December. “I always had my eye on Suzanne, and once she moved out, I realized I really want to be with her,” Jeff said. Jeff’s brother tried to get them to date, and eventually they did. “It all kind of fell into place, and like six months later we were moved in together, moved to Iowa,” Suzanne said. Jeff had a reporting job and Suzanne found a job at a radio station.
“When Jeff and I got together, everybody we knew was either like, ‘oh, I knew that was going to happen’ or they were like, ‘ew, that’s gross.’ … There was nobody in between,” Suzanne said. They moved back to Michigan and married in September 1997. They have two daughters, Isabela, age 16, and Lily, age 13. They agree that their paths would not have crossed without The State News. “I think it was meant to happen,” Suzanne said. “I think it was meant to be.” “That’s nice,” Jeff said.
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Andrew Krietz and Josh Sidorowicz only met once before they worked together at The State News in fall 2010. “We met freshman year in sort of a ‘met-onenight-and-then-never-saw-each-other-again’ type of thing,” Josh said. “It wasn’t until the following year, our sophomore year, that I came to work at The State News, and Andrew had already been working there, and we finally learned each other’s names.” Andrew was starting his third semester at The State News and Josh joined as an intern. “I think my initial reaction was, ‘Oh my god, it’s you,’” Andrew said. But, the awkwardness was “fleeting” because they quickly became friends, Josh said. After a year, Josh left The State News, but he still hung around the newsroom. “State News was definitely the meeting point,” Josh said. “It was the reason we kept coming together. He would be working there, I would stop by in between classes, that sort of central point on Grand River where we would always come back to reconnect, even after I stopped working there.” They started going on coffee dates once or twice a week that turned into an everyday occurrence, Andrew said. “We weren’t dating but we might as well have been dating,” Andrew said. “Even though he was gone, we still went to the same parties, The State News parties, we still hung out but all the while like, ‘Hey, you’re around, let’s go to Starbucks.’” All the time spent together turned into a relationship, and they started dating in June 2013, a month after they graduated, Josh said. Josh had a full-time job in Lansing and Andrew
had an internship in Grand Rapids, but they still saw each other often. “Every weekend it would be like, ‘hey, what are you doing?’ ‘Nothing.’ So he would drive to Grand Rapids or I would drive to Lansing,” Andrew said. “And then we would keep it up every weekend.” After a year, Josh said he took a job in Grand Rapids to be closer to Andrew. They spent three years there before they moved to Tampa, Florida. They work at the same news organization in Tampa now.
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Winston growing into leadership role, learning from his senior teammates BY CASEY HARRISON CHARRISON@STATENEWS.COM
The clock is ticking for the Spartans. After Feb. 17, only two games remain for No. 2 MSU. But the Spartans still trail No. 8 Ohio State by a half game in the conference standings after their 87-57 win at Minnesota Feb. 13. To get the Spartans a Big Ten title, or to reach their goals of winning a National Championship, MSU coach Tom Izzo said he thinks point guard Cassius Winston has to be the man to step up. “It’s hard to be a leader,” Winston said. “It’s hard to be the man, demand things of people when you’re not doing them all the time yourself. That can be a big thing. Once I get better at that, me being consistent at what I’m doing, how I’m playing, then it’s easy to direct people.” Izzo said Winston was MSU’s unsung hero in its 68-65 win against then-No. 3 Purdue Feb. 10. The 6-foot sophomore from Detroit scored 10 points to go with 10 assists in 36 minutes — which tied a career high set against DePaul on Nov. 23. Izzo said Winston’s showing against the Boilermakers was “his best game as a Spartan,” between key plays defensively, but he is looking to get more out of Winston as postseason play nears. “I’m hard on Cassius,” Izzo said after the game against Purdue. “I’m hard on my point guards, I always have been and I always will be. But he’s starting to learn how to respond. He came over, he’s talking to me, giving me plays that he thinks would work. I mean, I sometimes forget he’s only a sophomore, it’s just that I don’t have time for him to only be a sophomore because I think we got a team good enough to do some damage.” Even teammates think Winston’s growth has been apparent. Behind sophomore wing Miles Bridges, Winston is averaging the most time on the floor, with 27.1 minutes, to go with 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists. At 53.2 percent, he’s also the best 3-point shooter in the conference. Winston, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 assists in 35 games and only started five games for MSU last season, has done an “unbelievable” job improving. senior point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. said. “As a point guard you have to be (a leader),” Nairn said. “Even if you’re not like that, you’re forced to be like that, especially playing at Michigan State. He came in quiet, and now he’s talking more, and more active now. And that’s the way we need him to continue to be.” Teammates agree Winston has been more vocal this season and helpful in helping the underclassmen understand their roles on the floor. “Instead of just yelling at you to get you to do something, he’s going to explain where he wants you on the floor and positioning, because as a point guard he’s smart,” freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. said. ”Even as a point guard, he’s smart. Smarter than most point guards, where he can tell me why he wants me in this spot or why he wants me to turn like this on a screen for some other player. He doesn’t even have to know that. “He leads us in so many different ways on and off the court. He’s just a smart guy in his passing ability. He likes to make sure everyone 6
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Sophomore guard Cassius Winston (5) goes for a layup during the first half of the men’s basketball game against Purdue on Feb. 10 at Breslin Center. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
gets the ball, because he can score. Honestly, he’s a really good scorer if you told him to go out there and score, but he makes sure to get everybody involved because he knows he has a lot of good people around him.” Between a news cycle that included the retirement of former MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis, the resignation of former university president Lou Anna K. Simon and reports that suggested Izzo mishandled sexual violence and assault charges against previous players dating back to 2010, Winston said he’s been trying to find consistency in the way he carries himself on and off the court. And he acknowledges he still has work to do. “The dudes on my team — they trust me,” Winston said. “That’s a big thing, they trust me. They trust what I have to say, they know I wouldn’t steer them wrong in any way. It’s easier to voice out what I thing, and my opinion, and they listen and hold onto it.” After Nairn graduates, Winston said he’s aware he’s going to have to be the player to be the captain of the team, but until Nairn’s departure Winston is going continue to learn. But the clock keeps ticking. “Sooner or later, that’s going to be my role with this team,” Winston said. “Tum is here right now. Tum is the captain of this ship, but it’s pretty evident that’s going to be my role with this team. “Right now I’m learning as much as I can. Learning how the greats before me did it, and I’m going to follow suit.” TH U R S DAY, FE B R UA RY 1 5 , 2 01 8
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Faculty Senate vote shows lack of confidence in Board of Trustees BY RILEY MURDOCK RMURDOCK@STATENEWS.COM
The faculty has no confidence in the leadership of the MSU Board of Trustees. In a 61-4 decision, MSU’s Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the MSU Board of Trustees Tuesday during its meeting, effectively taking the stance on behalf of the entire MSU faculty that the trustees should be replaced. Of the 70 voting faculty, five abstained. The vote is largely symbolic, as Faculty Senate holds no power over the board. The vote does not call for MSU Interim President John Engler to resign, at-large member of the Steering Committee Robert LaDuca said. “They should’ve been compelled to care years ago, months ago, and it just said a lot that when all the political winds were blowing, all of the survivor stories came out, and they resolutely stood behind former President (Lou Anna K.) Simon,” LaDuca said. “That tells us everything we need to know.” Although the trustees are eight independent people and the vote does not specifically call for them to resign, LaDuca said the board needs to be replaced for the university to move forward. “I do know that two of them have declared they’re not running for reelection — that’s a start, but we really need to have eight board members leave en masse out of love for the university and put eight academic leaders in place to move us going forward,” LaDuca said. Several faculty members and students spoke prior to the vote. Engineering professor Robert Ofoli advocated for continued action in changing the culture of the university, pushing faculty to reclaim their roles. “We were given tenure for exactly that purpose: to speak out,” Ofoli said. “We need to get out of our comfort zone, we need to become human again, we need to give a damn.” The vote was held in response to the board’s appointment of Engler as interim president, which faculty and student liaisons objected to. In a statement released prior to the appointment, Faculty Senate said the board ignored student and faculty recommendations to choose a candidate with “significant experience devising and implementing programs to mitigate sexual harassment and sexual abuse,” ideally a woman with extensive experience in academic leadership. “(The trustees) seem to have selected, without appropriate consultation from the MSU Community, an individual with no academic leadership experience as Interim President,” the statement reads. “We have issues with both the selection itself, and a selection process that used meetings with students, faculty, and Deans to give the appearance of consultation.” Some faculty took issue with the focus on Engler’s appointment. Supply chain management professor Shawnee Vickery made a motion to amend the agenda to change the stated reason for the vote of no confidence to the board’s failure to prevent the abuse of ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar. Vickery said voting no confidence only after faculty’s suggestions were ignored sends the wrong message. “I am not sure if the at-large members of the Steering Committee realize how insensitive and tone-deaf this motion makes us appear,” Vickery said. FOR THE LATEST ON THE FACULTY VOTE AND BOARD OF TRUSTEE RESPONSE GO TO STATENEWS.COM
“I do know that two of them have declared they’re not running for reelection — that’s a start, but we really need to have eight board members leave en masse out of love for the university and put eight academic leaders in place to move us going forward.” Robert LaDuca At-large member of the Steering Committee
Engineering professor Robert Ofoli addresses the faculty senate meeting on Feb. 13 at the International Center. “We need to be human again, we need to give a damn, we need to change the culture,” Ofoli said. The Faculty Senate voted no confidence in the Board of Trustees.
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Legislation pushed to prevent Nassar repeat BY MAXWELL EVANS MEVANS@STATENEWS.COM
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Ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, sentenced in three separate cases to at least 100 years overall, likely won’t see the outside of a prison for the rest of his life. But Nassar’s imprisonment isn’t stopping politicians across the nation from pushing to find out how Nassar was able to continue abusing at least 265 women and girls for more than two decades. Policymakers are using a variety of tactics — including inquiries, investigations and legislation — to shine a brighter light on MSU and the U.S. Olympic Committee to prevent a repeat of the Nassar situation. State representatives Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata sent a letter of inquiry to MSU on Jan. 25, seeking information about the university’s handling of sexual assault allegations against Nassar.
“They indicated that they wanted to cooperate, but just needed a few more days to provide all the additional information.” Klint Kesto Michigan representative In the letter, Kesto and LaSata, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, requested all reports “initiated, completed or issued” by MSU from 2014-17 regarding allegations made against Nassar. The pair originally requested the information be provided by Feb. 9, but later extended the deadline to Feb. 14. MSU provided more than 1,300 pages to the Michigan House of Representatives by the deadline. Kesto said they were willing to give MSU more time because he believed the university was acting in good faith, since the university reached out about an extension ahead of the deadline. Kesto also indicated he understood the current administrative upheaval at MSU was likely complicating matters, so the extension was granted. “They indicated that they wanted to cooperate, but just needed a few more days to provide all the additional information,” Kesto said. “Additionally, they did have a new president, so that kind of was a new wrinkle in there.” Kesto said the next step will be to analyze the documents to determine what went wrong after the 2014 Title
IX investigation that cleared Nassar of any wrongdoing. In addition to the inquiry, Kesto is also drafting legislation that would bar public colleges and universities from using taxpayer money to settle lawsuits regarding sexual assault allegations. “We have to protect taxpayers by ensuring not a single dime of state funding sent to Michigan State University is used as part of a settlement with these unfortunate victims,” Kesto said in a release. On Feb. 12, the Michigan House Progressive Women’s Caucus, or PWC, announced a set of principles aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses, with a focus on prevention, protection and accountability. The caucus called for a strengthening of Title IX resources and increasing the statute of limitations on cases of sexual assault. “The principles are aimed at combating campus sexual assault, and those principles will guide legislation for the Progressive Women’s Caucus as they work on this issue in the coming months,” said Samantha Hart, communications director for the House Democratic Caucus. “Some of that legislation has been introduced, and some will be introduced over time.” One of the bills that has already been introduced would address PWC’s goal of extending the statute of limitations on sexual misconduct. Sen. Steven Bieda, D-Warren, introduced a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for second-degree criminal sexual conduct in which the victim was under 16 years of age. Also in the bill is a provision to extend the statute of limitations on third-degree criminal sexual conduct offenses to 20 years or the victim’s 31st birthday, whichever comes later. The bill, which passed in the Senate in October 2017, currently sits in the House Committee on Law and Justice, a committee chaired by Kesto. Nassar was convicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a crime not addressed by the bill in its current state — likely because Bieda said he’s been working to craft the bill since before Nassar’s crimes were exposed. He said there were no concrete plans to modify the bill to include first-degree sexual crimes, but that the topic was likely to come up as the bill continues to be discussed. “There’s a lot of interest in (the bill); a lot of the interest comes out of the Nassar case, of course,” Bieda said. “But this is something that I had been working on for several years prior to the Nassar case coming out. READ MORE ABOUT LAWMAKERS’ RESPONSES AT STATENEWS.COM.
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