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2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR IN REVIEW
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In memoriam: MSU students who died JONATHAN MICHAEL CORDES JAMES MADISON COLLEGE FROM SYCAMORE, ILL.
HANNAH K. HAKALA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE FROM WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH.
An international relations senior, Jonathan Michael Cordes, 21, died Sept. 30 in a car accident, according to his obituary. Cordes was planning to join the Marines after graduating MSU. He was working at K & T Electric in Michigan. An Illinois native, Cordes “had a love for small town life” and worked at a cafe during college breaks. He also loved traveling, following football and baseball and was “fiercely patriotic.” Cordes is described as “generous” and “selfless” in his obituary.
DANA EUGENE CREASY, COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES FROM LANSING, MICH.
Dana Eugene Creasy, 59, was a doctoral student in Media and Information Studies before his death on Dec. 7. Creasy was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences and was a Philadelphia native, according to his Facebook profile. Creasy was described in a guest book as “a good man with a big heart” and a “wonderful friend.”
West Bloomfield native Hannah K. Hakala, 26, died Jan. 4, according to her obituary. Hakala was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, according to her fundraising page for the First Descents — Outdoor Adventure for Cancer Fighters or the American Cancer Society. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made to this organization or the American Cancer Society. Hakala is described as “hilarious” and as “a shining ray of light” in a guest book for her obituary.
TYLER AUSTIN HANLEY, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS FROM TROY, MICH.
English senior Tyler Austin Hanley, 22, died Jan. 16, according to his obituary. Hanley was on track to graduate this spring and was at the top of his class, according to his obituary. He planned to become a guidance counselor. A native of Troy, Mich., Hanley had a love for the arts and enjoyed classic films, music and television, according to his obituary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM
A Student Memorial Tribute was held Friday in remembrance of the 15 MSU students who died this academic year. Some were undergraduate students, others graduate students or doctoral candidates, but all were Spartans. Read about Shida Chen, Rebecca (Becca) Lasek, Timothy M. Lee, Maxwell Muessig, Sally Ottenhoff and Abhi Shah at statenews.com.
DREW EVAN HERZOFF COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE FROM BIRMINGHAM, MICH.
Drew Evan Herzoff, 24, died in July, according to his obituary. Herzoff studied psychology and was a Human Resources Assistant at Brody Dining Hall before his death, according to his Facebook page. Herzoff was described as “incredible” and “one of a kind” in a guest book.
MITCHEL ARTHUR KIEFER COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCE FROM NORTHVILLE, MICH.
Neuroscience freshman Mitchel Arthur Kiefer, 18, died in a car accident Sept. 19, 2016, according to a previous State News article. Kiefer died while driving back to MSU from his hometown of Northville, Mich. Kiefer’s high school hockey team posted a tribute on social media and a memorial put on by students was held in Kiefer’s honor at St. John Church and Student Center. In lieu of flowers for his funeral, donations were made to the Mitchel Kiefer ‘16 Memorial Scholarship Fund.
TREVOR DEAN LINET COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FROM BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICH.
Trevor Dean Linet, 23, died Jan. 17. A resident of Royal Oak at the time of his death, Linet was “close” to completing a degree in Computer Science, according to his obituary. Linet was active in the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed animals. In lieu of flowers, donations were made in his memory to the Michigan Crossroads Council Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Council and Grace Centers of Hope. Linet was described as “kind-hearted” with a “spirited, quick, sometimes sarcastic, wit.” STATE OF MICHIGAN IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF SAGINAW Case No. 16-030885-CB
Hon. M. Randall Jurrens
THOMAS YODER, RONALD STANTON and DAVID FARNER, individually and as members of GAMMA KAPPA CHARTER HOUSE CORPORATION OF DELTA SIGMA PI d/b/a G.K. INVESTMENT CO., a Michigan corporation, Plaintiffs v. UNKNOWN OWNERS/MEMBERS, Defendants. BRAUN KENDRICK FINKBEINER P.L.C., By: David L. Puskar (P73121), Attorneys for Plaintiffs, 4301 Fashion Square Blvd., Saginaw, Michigan 48603, 989-399-0642
ORDER FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE At a session of the Court held at the Courthouse in the City of Saginaw, County of Saginaw, and State of Michigan on the third day of April, 2017. Present: Honorable M. Randall Jurrens THIS MATTER having come before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Verified Ex Parte Motion for Alternative Service, and the Court being fully advised of the premises; The Court hereby finds that Plaintiffs, Thomas Yoder, Ronald Stanton and David Farner, individually and as members of Gamma Kappa Charter House Corporation of Delta Sigma Pi d/b/a G.K. Investment Co. (hereinafter the “House Corporation”), have filed a Verified First Amended Complaint (“Complaint”) against Defendants, Unknown Owners/Members of the House Corporation, in the 10th Circuit Court for the County of Saginaw, State of Michigan. The Complaint seeks: (1) to establish the owners/members/officers of the House Corporation; (2) to dissolve the House Corporation; (3) to wind up the affairs of the House Corporation; and (4) to distribute and donate the House Corporation’s assets (after payment of its expenses) to Michigan State University. The House Corporation’s assets consist of two adjacent residential properties located in Ingham County, near the campus of Michigan State University, and a bank account. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that alternative service of the Summons and Complaint in this case shall occur. Alternative service shall be performed by mailing, emailing, publication and posting of this Order, as described herein. A copy of this Order shall be published once each week for three consecutive weeks (or, if not published weekly, three consecutive publications) in: (i) a newspaper of general circulation for Saginaw County; (ii) a newspaper of general circulation for Ingham County; and (iii) The State News (the Michigan State University student-run newspaper). Proof of publication shall be filed with the Court. A copy of this Order shall also be sent via email to the email addresses of Gamma Kappa Chapter members obtained by Plaintiffs from the national Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. Proof of emailing shall be filed with the Court. A copy of this Order shall be posted for three continuous weeks at: (i) two public forums on the campus of Michigan State University; (ii) the Saginaw County Courthouse; and (iii) the Ingham County Courthouse. This Order shall be posted by a sheriff, deputy sheriff, bailiff or court officer. Said sheriff, deputy sheriff, bailiff or court officer shall file proof of posting. A copy of this Order shall be sent via certified mail to the current Delta Sigma Pi fraternity at Michigan State University, the national Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and the Michigan State University Greek Affairs Office. Proof of mailing shall be filed with the Court. Finally, a copy of this Order and of the Complaint shall be sent via email to the Office of Michigan’s Attorney General, Corporate Oversight Division (Attn: Charitable Trust Attorney), together with a completed Dissolution Questionnaire (Form CTS-04). The Attorney General’s response to this Questionnaire shall be submitted to the Court. Within 28 days of the last mailing, emailing, publication and posting of this Order, and after submission of the Attorney General’s response to the Court, any and all Defendants shall file an answer with the 10th Circuit Court for Saginaw County, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Saginaw, Michigan, 48602, and send a copy of his or her answer to Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner P.L.C., 4301 Fashion Square Boulevard, Saginaw, Michigan 48603, or take other action as may be permitted by law. Defendants can obtain a copy of the Complaint by contacting Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner P.L.C. at the above address or by telephone at (989) 498-2100, or by contacting the 10th Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Failure to comply with this Order may result in a Default Judgment being entered against any Defendant who fails to comply, for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated: April 3, 2017
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ANNELISE CATHERINE MCGOFF LYMAN BRIGGS COLLEGE FROM WILLIAMSTON, MICH.
A nnelise Cat her ine McGoff, 24, died Nov. 2, according to her obituary. McGoff was a student in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and worked at Nuthouse Sports Grill, according to her Facebook page. McGoff was described as “goofy” with a “millionwatt smile” in a guest book.
MARCUS MOSES, COLLEGE OF OSETOPATHIC MEDICINE
Ma rc us Nat ha n L ew is Moses, 26, died Apr il 9 of colon c a ncer. A medical student in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Med ic i ne, Mose s wa s involved in a number of c a mpu s orga n i zat ion s within the college. Moses was known on campus for his compassion and activism in shedding light on colon cancer among young people, according to a previous State News article.
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Plant biology freshman Michal Babinski examines mushroom cultures on April 21 at Molecular Plant and Sciences Building. Babinski is a member of the MSU Mushroom Team. The team studies and cultivates mushrooms, engages in community outreach and has even sold some of its mushrooms to the MSU Food Truck. PHOTO: CHLOE GRIGSBY
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RELIGIOUS GUIDE Spotlight Look for this directory in the paper every Thursday and online at: www.statenews.com/religious All Saints Episcopal Church 800 Abbot Road East Lansing, Michigan 48823 Phone: (517) 351-7160 E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.allsaints-el.org Worship Times: Sunday Worship: 8 am & 10 am Sunday School: 10 am Sunday Vespers: 5 pm Thursday Prayer & Breakfast: 7:30 am Ascension Lutheran Church 2780 Haslett Rd., E. Lansing Between Hagadorn & Park Lake Rds. (517) 337-9703 Adult Bible Study: 9am Sunday School: 9am Worship Service: 10am
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Eastminster Presbyterian Church 1315 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48823 (517) 337-0893 www.eastminsterchurch.org Worship Gatherings: Sunday Worship 10:30 am UKirk Presbyterian Campus Ministry Wednesdays at 7pm www.ukirkmsu.org Greater Lansing Church of Christ 310 N. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing, MI (Meeting at the University Christian Church building) (517) 898-3600 Students welcome! Sunday Worship: 8:45am Sunday Bible class: 10:15am Sunday Evening: Small Group Wednesday: 7pm - bible study Students please feel free to call for rides http://www.greaterlansingcoc.org
Hillel Jewish Student Center 360 Charles St., E. Lansing (517) 332-1916 Friday Night Services: 6pm, Dinner: 7pm September - April Martin Luther Chapel 444 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 332-0778 martinlutherchapel.org Sunday: 9:30am & 7:00pm Wednesday Worship: 9pm Mini-bus pick-up on campus (Fall/Spring) River Terrace Church 1509 River Terrace Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-9059 www.riverterrace.org Service times: 9 & 11:15am
University Baptist Church 4608 South Hagadorn Rd East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-4144 www.ubcel.org 10 AM Worship Service 11:15 Coffee Hour 11:30 Sunday School University Christian Church 310 N. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 332-5193 universitychristianwired.com Sunday: 11:15 am Sunday Bible Study: 10:15am
University United Methodist Church & MSU Wesley 1120 S. Harrison Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 St. John Catholic Church (517) 351-7030 universitychurchhome.org and Student Center msuwesley.org 327 M.A.C. Ave. Sunday: 10:30am East Lansing, MI 48823 9:00am Garden Service in (517) 337-9778 the summer stjohnmsu.org Sunday: 8am, 10am, Noon, TGIT: 8:00pm Thursdays Sept. - April 5pm, 7pm Monday, Wednesday, WELS Lutheran Campus Friday: 12:15pm Ministry Tuesday & Thursday: 704 Abbot Road 9:15pm East Lansing, MI 48823 The Islamic Society of (517) 580-3744 Greater Lansing www.msu.edu/~welsluth 920 S. Harrison Rd., East 6:30pm Saturday Worship Lansing, MI 48823 Islam 101 May 7, 2:30 p.m Friday Services: 12:15-12:45 & 1:45-2:15 For prayer times visit www.lansingislam.com/ Trinity Church 3355 Dunckel Rd. Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 272-3820 Saturday: 6pm Sunday: 9:15am, 11am trinitywired.com
Most important headlines during the 2016-2017 academic year
Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a speech on Nov. 7, 2016 at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The DeVos Place Convention Center was Trump’s last stop for the 2016 election season. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA BY RUTA ULCINAITE RULCINAITE@STATENEWS.COM
It has been a long year at MSU. Take a look back at some of the more noteworthy events during the 2016-17 school year.
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Women's Lounge Closes On July 7, 2016, University of Michigan-Flint professor Mark Perry filed a civil rights complaint against MSU regarding the women's only study lounge. Perry argued the women's lounge violated Title IX, discriminating against men by failing to provide them with the same type of area. After an investigation, MSU determined the lounge did in fact violate Title IX and would effectively be turned into a gender-neutral study lounge. Many MSU women reacted to the news of the 92-year-old lounge shutting down with protests and petitions. Despite the thousands of signatures on a petition created by undergraduate students on change.org and numerous public protests and sit-ins, the university officially converted the lounge to be for all genders the start of the 2016-17 school year.
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Leading up to the election A number of political speakers came to MSU just before the 2016 presidential election, lobbying for one candidate or another. On Sept. 22, 2016, Chelsea Clinton gave a speech at the Union to campaign for her mother, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton spoke of her mother's plan, achievements and then took questions from the crowd. In March of 2016, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited MSU while on 4
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his own campaign trail. On Oct. 5, 2016, Sanders held a rally on Adams Field in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Sanders spoke about the rights for women, college debt, the LGBT community and the homeless population. Sanders also emphasized the importance of voting and urged all students to vote. On Nov. 2, 2016 Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., spoke at the Union in support of his father's presidential campaign. Trump Jr. spoke on the "movement" that was his father's campaign and urged students to reject Hillary Clinton's political corruption. Outside of the event, protesters gathered and chanted things like, "MSU supports racism." East Lansing City Council Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day Each year, protests by Native American groups across campus and the community urged new legislation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. On Sept. 27, 2016, East Lansing City Council officially made the change. Groups like the North American Indigenous Student Organization, or NAISO, held celebrations to pay tribute to their ancestors. On Oct. 10, 2016, NAISO celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day with music, dancers and speakers at the Rock on Farm Lane. Sigma Nu Investigation In October 2016, a student found a scavenger hunt list outside of Phillips Hall. The list appeared to belong to the MSU fraternity, Sigma Nu. The list included 40 tasks for new members that called for public nudity, videos and photos of sexual behavior, pictures of kissing specific women and theft. TH U R S DAY, A PR IL 27, 2 01 7
Spotlight The fraternity was put under investigation by the university and its national leadership. Donald Trump Wins the Presidency – Protests Ensue Defying polls and expectations, Trump beat Clinton in the presidential race and was announced president-elect on Nov. 9, 2016. In reaction, more than 2,000 people attended a rally on Nov. 10 at the Rock, which turned into a rally across campus. At the Rock, student groups including the MSU College Democrats, Black Poet Society and Culturas de las Razas Unidas spoke out. Once the protesters reached the Union, police blocked the doors, denying entrance into the building. Some students claimed they saw MSUPD officers with their hands positioned on their guns and felt threatened. Election recounts in a few key states soon followed the announcement of Trump's win. MSU Data Breach MSU suffered a data breach by an unauthorized party on Nov. 13, 2016, exposing a database with about 400,000 records. The records contained names, social security numbers and MSU identification numbers of some current and former students and employees. To fix the problem, MSU promised to help those affected by the breach with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection by AllClearID. As an added precaution, the university also offered 24 months of free identity protection from AllClear ID, in total costing the university $2.9 million in damage control.
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Nassar Charged Ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 on Nov. 22, 2016. This was the first of many charges. Since then, more than 100 women have filed criminal complaints accusing him of sexual abuse, after he allegedly would slip his ungloved hand under the victims' clothes, penetrating and fondling without explanation. Read more about Nassar at statenews. com Trump's Travel Ban On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order barring immigrants of seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling into the United States for 90 days. The order also suspended the admissions of refugees for 120 days. East Lansing City Council vowed not to comply with the executive order. In a heated city council meeting on Jan. 31 Mayor Mark Meadows stated, "In this case, I think the executive order that I just referred to is completely unconstitutional because the president does not have the authority to legislate. Given that there is no penalty for violating 1373, the executive order cannot create one, which it has tried to do, and in addition to that 8 U.S.C. 1373 is an unconstitutional activity of Congress, in violation of the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution." That same day hundreds of people gathered at the Rock for the No Ban, No Wall: Spartans for Sanctuary and Solidarity Rally protesting the executive order
Former MSU employee Larry Nassar looks towards the 55th District Court Judge Donald L. Allen Jr. during the preliminary examination on Feb. 17 at 55th District Court in Mason, Mich. The preliminary examination occurred as a result of Nassar’s alleged sexual abuse. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
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Lyman Briggs College freshman Maya Al-saghir poses for a portrait in her dorm room on Feb. 1 at Holmes Hall. Al-saghir is a Muslim student and second-generation immigrant who has taken a stand against President Donald Trump’s executive order on temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. “People will joke about like, ‘oh I’m going to move to Canada,’” Al-saghir said. “And it’s, funny, but really that’s what we can’t do. That’s exactly what they want is they want us to leave and give it up. But that’s like, we can’t do that. We have to stay and fight. We were born here.” PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
and standing in solidarity with Muslim students. MSU Football Sexual Assault allegations In February, three MSU student-athletes and one staff member part of the MSU football program were suspended pending a sexual assault investigation. In April, a fourth MSU football player was put under investigation for criminal sexual misconduct, separate from the already ongoing investigation of the three MSU football payers and the staff member. That player, Auston Robertson, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on April 21. According to court documents, Robertson allegedly raped an acquaintance on April 9 in her apartment while his girlfriend waited outside in the car. The allegations and investigations have shaken up the MSU football program and cast a shadow over the team.
Band Director's Sexual Harassment John T. Madden, the director of the Spartan Marching Band for 27 years, was found to be sexually harassing a student in February 2016. "Pics of your dress are required … Discreetly of course," Madden wrote in a text message to the student on Feb. 20, 2016 at about 10:42 p.m. The student was a female member of the Spartan Marching Band and in that text message, Madden was asking for photos of her dress she wore to the annual Spartan Marching Band end of the year band banquet. According to documents that were given to The State News from a victim of sexual harassment, the student maintained contact with Madden via text message because of her position in the band. However, this was not the first time Madden texted the student regarding "more personal" things. According to the documents, after
the incident the student "couldn't sleep or eat for an entire week and felt 'creeped out.'" After an investigation conducted by MSU's Office of Institutional Equity into improper conduct, Madden's disciplinary actions included: "a one-week suspension from May 27 to June 3, 2016, where Madden was not allowed to be on campus or represent MSU in any capacity, a delay of his promotion to a full-time professor until Oct. 1, 2016 and a ban from the 2017 Huddle." The student chose not to return to campus. Lorenzo Santavicca Re-elected for Second Term at ASMSU Amid a year riddled with resignations, transparency questions, issues with minority groups, censoring controversy and lack of interest, ASMSU president Lorenzo Santavicca was re-elected as president of ASMSU for the 2017-18 school year.
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MSU’s Board of Trustees: A year of controversy, policies to follow BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM
During the past year, MSU's Board of Trustees initiated new renovation projects, addressed campus and national controversies and put new policies into place. Here are the highlights of the 2016-17 academic year. In August 2016, the campus smoking ban went into effect. This ban was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2015 after it was initially recommended in 2013. At their September 2016 meeting, the trustees approved housing rates for 1855 Place and University Village Apartments and approved maintenance projects like the reconstruction and expansion of Lot 92, which is more than 40 years old. They also moved to set aside $46 million for the construction of a data center. In October, the trustees set aside $3.9 million to plan to renovate the IM Sports-West facili-
ty. The update is a part of the Healthy Campus Initiative. Updates approved included renovating the facility's pool, locker rooms and electrical systems. In February, a budget of $2.816 million was established, which will come from athletics and university capital renewal funding. IM Sports-West has not seen significant renovations since 2005. At their October 2016 meeting, President Lou Anna K. Simon addressed freshman Reyna Muck's controversial Instagram post, stating the family of the student mocked in the post called her and said, "it was an individual, not the university who made this action." Simon had previously sent a campus-wide email condemning the post, calling it "deeply offensive." Also at this meeting, the trustees approved appropriation requests to the state of Michigan. Their request — return state funding to 2011 rates. Student activists and students of color also spoke to the board during public commen-
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tary. Latinx students called the trustees to consider students of color when discussing issues of campus climate. Climate Reality Project Campus Corps members asked Simon to be their "climate hero." Other students noted the board's silence on the Movement for Black Lives. October and November 2016 came with election results and a new Board of Trustees member. Out of six candidates, in what might possibly be an effort to get rid of expensive complacency on the board, voters decided to appoint Republican Dan Kelly to the board and Democratic incumbent Dianne Byrum will continue to serve on the board. The election winners were welcomed to the board in January. The trustees said goodbye to Diann Woodard during their last 2016 meeting during December. Woodard was not re-elected to the board in the November election. In this meeting, the trustees unveiled a new Mobility Plan to make mobility across campus easier and decongest traffic. More on this plan will be revealed December 2017. An initiative to make improvements to the campus water system was also approved. The preliminary budget for this project is $12 million to $32 million. During this meeting, Simon's contract as president was renewed, and she did not receive a pay increase this year. Simon most recently accepted a pay increase in 2014. Instead, $100,000 was set aside to the Lou Anna K. Simon and Roy J. Simon scholarship fund. The board approved a new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building to be constructed near the new MSU Bio Engineering Facility, where these two buildings will work in conjunction together. Also during this meeting, the trustees discussed updates to athletic facilities, including Spartan Stadium and Jenison Field House. In February, MSU authorized these projects, and both are expected to be completed by the fall 2017 season. Spartan Stadium will see an addition to the south end zone, a $13 million project, and permanent field lighting, a $2 million project. Both will be financed through athletic funds. Renovation projects were also authorized, like renovating the track in Ralph Young Field, Bessey Hall and the Veterinary Medical Center. MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio was reappointed to his position for 2022-23. During this February meeting, Simon and the trustees commented on recent controversies surrounding ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar, who has been accused of sexual abuse, the suspension of three MSU football players for allegations of sexual assault and the way MSU's Title IX office handles sexual harassment and assault allegations. MSU Board of Trustees Chair Brian Breslin said two law firms are conducting internal investigations of MSU to explore the processes within the university. This was initiated by the university. Simon read a statement on the sexual violence cases MSU is dealing with. Trustee Mitch Lyons read a statement in response to his controversial tweet from Jan. 31, stating the tweet was not about the executive order on immigration. In addition, four protesters were arrested after the February meeting. At their most recent meeting, Simon and the board provided an update on the internal investigation and next steps. The university will be implementing new policies and practices for MSU HealthTeams, will
engage independent experts to review MSU's Title IX policy in fall 2017 and will roll out an enhanced youth protection policy. At this April meeting, the trustees voted to increase room and board rates by 2.5 percent for the 2017-18 academic year, the lowest increase in 19 years. They also discussed renovations to campus buildings like the Wharton Center, Olin Health Center, Cook Hall and the Engineering Research Complex. June 21-3, the trustees will meet to vote on tuition rates and will have a retreat.
A RECAP OF THE BOARD Looking back at the different happenings with MSU’s trustees Sept. 8, 2016 The trustees approved housing rates for 1855 Place and University Village Apartments, approved maintenance projects and moved to set aside $46 million for the construction of a data center.
Oct. 28, 2016 President Lou Anna K. Simon addressed freshman Reyna Muck’s controversial Instagram post, trustees approved appropriation requests to the state of Michigan, student activists and students of color also spoke to the board during public commentary. Dec. 16, 2016 The trustees said goodbye to Diann Woodard, who was not re-elected to the board. They unveiled a new mobility plan, renewed President Lou Anna K. Simon’s contract, discussed a campus water system improvement initiative, approved an Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building and approved updates to athletic facilities.
Feb. 17, 2017 The trustees addressed campus and national controversies and discussed campus renovation initiatives.
April 13, 2017 The Board voted to increase 2017-18 academic year room and board rates, provided an update of the internal investigations and next steps and discussed campus renovations.
FOOTBALL Record: 3-9 The MSU football team took a massive step back after competing in the Big Ten in 2015. The Spartans will head into 2017 amid serious investigations surrounding them.
Freshman forward Miles Bridges (22) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against University of Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the men’s NCAA Tournament on March 17 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Spartans defeated the Hurricanes, 78-58. PHOTO: STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) scrambles down the field while being pursued by University of Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) during the game against the University of Michigan on Oct. 29, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
HOCKEY Record: 7-24-4 After a tumultuous year, the Spartans saw a change at the helm. Tom Anastos stepped down after the season, and at head coach now is former Spartan player Danton Cole. Sophomore forward Mason Appleton (27) takes the puck up the rink as University of Michigan forward Max Shuart (25) tries to take possession of the puck during the third period of the men’s hockey game against the University of Michigan on Feb. 11 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 4-1. PHOTO: ZAINA MAHMOUD
MSU had a successful year, and made it to the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans bring back everyone but Tori Jankoska, but add McDonald’s All-American Sidney Cooks. Senior guard Tori Jankoska (1) goes for a lay up during the third quarter of the women’s basketball game against Penn State University on Feb. 22 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 73-64.
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VOLLEYBALL Record: 25-9 MSU hosted the NCAA Tournament under Cathy George for the first time. The Spartans head into 2017 with a veteran-laden group, looking to make it back to the tournament. Junior outside hitter Autumn Bailey (2) hits the volleyball during the volleyball game against Notre Dame on Sept. 16, 2016 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish, 3-0. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
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From clowns to squirrels to joyrides, the 2016-17 academic school year saw a wide variety of crimes. The weird and wacky On Sept. 19, 2016, East Lansing police responded to a call about a squirrel that had been shot by a bow and arrow. The squirrel, named ‘Thin Lizzie’ by the East Lansing couple who would feed the squirrels, was freed from the arrow and released back into the wild. There is a 90-day misdemeanor for firing a weapon within East Lansing city limits, but ELPD did not investigate the crime because there was not a way to start the process, former ELPD Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth said in a State News article. In October, the United States and the Lansing area experienced the "clown craze." Although there were no confirmed clown sightings on campus, a 12-year-old girl allegedly chased other kids with two knives while wearing a clown mask at an East Lansing middle school. Also in October, an MSU student allegedly damaged multiple vehicles during "slow-speed pursuit" in which the suspect was intoxicated. Data and politics On Nov. 13, 2016, MSU suffered from a data breach that exposed approximately 400,000 records and 449 of the records were confirmed to be compromised. MSU provided free credit monitoring to all individuals who might have been affected by the breach. From Nov. 8, 2016 to Dec. 6, 2016, MSU experienced three politically-motivated bias incidents. Two of the cases were simple assaults and battery and the third harassment: designated prohibitions. When Milo Yiannopoulos visited campus on Dec. 7, 2016, he was met by protesters. Six of the protestors were arrested that night. Five of the protesters paid a $130 civil infraction, while one faces charges of disorderly and unauthorized assembly and failure to obey a police officer. A jury will be picked for his trial on May 9.
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Assault allegations MSU has experienced a myriad of issues with sexual assault since Jan. 1. On Feb. 9 MSU announced three football players and a staff member were suspended from the team because of sexual assault allegations. The victim's attorney confirmed the alleged assault occurred on Jan. 16. Former MSU football player Auston Robertson was removed from the team after he was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct on April 21. He was arraigned on April 25 at 55th District Court and he will wait until after his preliminary examination to enter a plea. MSU football defensive end Demetrius Cooper was charged with a misdemeanor assault and battery on Feb. 9. Former MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves had sexual assault charges reinstated against him on April 10, according to a State News article. His case has been bound over to district court and no date has been set for his pretrial, according to 67th District Court records. A sexual assault near Beaumont Tower was reported on April 21. According to MSUPD's Facebook, the suspect is "a white male, 20-25 years old, short brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a black shirt, unknown color pants, and he may have hairy arms." Crime by numbers According to the Clery Crime and Fire Log, since Jan. 25 there have been a plethora of crimes. There have been 98 incidents of larceny, ranging from theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a building and larceny other. Sixteen non-aggravated assaults have been reported to MSUPD and 10 cases of intimidation/stalking were reported. Five cases of criminal sexual conduct have been reported since Jan. 25, including the alleged assault near Beaumont Tower. For a full list of crimes, visit the crime log.
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2016-17 development projects and what lies ahead for East Lansing BY RILEY MURDOCK RMURDOCK@STATENEWS.COM
The Park District project has taken a major step toward completion after months of back-and-forth uncertainty, capping off a period that, while volatile, has shaped the future of East Lansing's downtown development. This academic year began with a positive step for the long, drawn out Park District project, which has changed hands between developers twice and has been ongoing for more than a decade. The developer and city demolished a pair of buildings on Evergreen Avenue and Abbot Road in July and August respectively, inching ever closer to finally remove the blighted buildings that have plagued the western stretch of downtown for over a decade. The current developer has been commonly referred to as Convexity Properties, but is now referred to as 100 Grand River LLC and 341 Evergreen LLC in recent documents. An initial deadline for the remaining buildings to be demolished was set for Dec. 31, 2016, but was extended at the developer's request in pursuance of a $10 million Michigan Business Tax credit. Council approved Park District's then-site and brownfield reimbursement plans Jan. 10, but a last-minute change in the financing agreements by council prompted the developer to redesign the project. Development projects are typically financed through tax increment financing plans, commonly referred to as TIFs. A TIF, agreed to via a brownfield plan, allows a developer to capture a percentage of a development's property tax revenue through a cer-
tain period of time. This money is intended to reimburse the developer for public improvements made as part of the project the city would otherwise be liable to pay for. The developer's initial brownfield plan called for 100 percent of the development's property taxes over a 23 year period, with 5 percent interest. Council insisted on a TIF that would allow some property taxes for the city, even during a longer period of time, adamant on attracting more revenue to alleviate its budgetary woes. "We can't incur debt for a new development, we're better off with no development than incurring more debt," Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier said at the time. "The TIF that we proposed is all that we can afford, and if the developer needs more money than that to do this development, then we can't do this development. There's not really a lot more room to do anything about that." The approved TIF called for 80 percent of the development's property taxes through a 30-year period with no interest, which attorney David Pierson said was not financially viable without the interest included, according to the Lansing State Journal. "The project cannot go forward under the plan that was passed through," Pierson told LSJ. "It's not feasible." The developer took Park District back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, local business owners Brad and Greg Ballein and developer Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors announced the Center City District project for a nearby segment of Grand River and Albert Avenues. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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Miles Bridges turned down the opportunity to earn more than a $1 million, or delayed it at least for another year earlier this month after announcing he CASEY HARRISON was returning to MSU for his sophomore season. The 6-foot-7 Bridges was projected by ESPN's Chad Ford as the No. 10 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the No. 4 small forward in this year's class. Other outlets had him slightly lower, like NBADraft.net, which had Bridges at No. 13 — the bottom line: Bridges could have been a lottery pick. Instead, Bridges is pushing all his chips to the middle of the table and hoping his draft stock has nowhere to go but up. In doing so, he upped the ante for himself and the Spartans,
in order to fulfill some "unfinished business." In a season riddled with setbacks and injuries, head coach Tom Izzo learned to trust in a freshman class more often than not — something almost sacrilege for the Hall of Fame coach. Amid the season-ending injuries to Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter, Nick Ward evolved into one of the most overwhelming big men in the conference. Additionally, Joshua Langford became the team's most dependable shooting guard after Eron Harris went down late in the season, and Cassius Winston has proven his ability to become a premier playmaker all while being a dangerous shooter. So what gave with a surprising loss to Northeastern? Or a bludgeoning against Michigan? What about last-minute stunners to Illinois and Maryland? It's because this team was complacent. And that's what happens when they have to lean on four freshmen for more than 20 minutes a game. It's what happens when this team and its coach enter "uncharted waters."
Reasons can be made all around the board. Without Harris and Schilling, MSU had reached the bottom of the bucket. Sophomore Matt McQuaid was hindered in the early parts of the season recovering from sports hernia surgery. Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr. embraced his role as a defender on the floor and the clubhouse leader off the floor. The ceiling only runs so high. But with every loss, each Spartan grew stronger. When turnovers were high in early season losses, they got cut down the road. This team learned to play for each other. Izzo learned to inspire 40 minutes of purpose in a young class with nowhere to go but up. MSU will presumably have Schilling and Carter back to dominate the five, along with incoming freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. Ward can lock down the four, allowing Bridges to slide to three — the position he will likely play in the NBA. Langford and Winston will be revitalized during the offseason and give Izzo impactful minutes all year, given their defensive play doesn't become a liability.
To further fuel the hype train, a bench laden with McQuaid, Nairn, Kenny Goins and newcomers like Xavier Tillman will have defining roles, putting MSU as early frontrunners as Big Ten champs and contenders for a National Championship. But it all starts with Bridges as the team's centerpiece. It seems Izzo has built this team around Bridges to take the Spartans to the promised land. Izzo has been on record saying he likes Bridges as a leader, but wants him to be more assertive next season. For a core of freshmen that had to grow up on the fly, as a nucleus they surpassed the expectations of many critics, even the ball-busting, back-breaking, in-your-face prospects of Izzo. Despite the shortcomings of injuries and setbacks, the Spartans found success in a freshman class that's only choice to skyrocket. For many, the 2017-18 season began almost immediately after their second-round loss to Kansas. Another solid class coming, combined with the supporting cast of Spartans on Izzo's roster already, will give Bridges a chance to tend to his "unfinished business."
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With graduation approaching, Izzo family reflects on life at MSU BY IMANI FARMER IFARMER@STATENEWS.COM
Men's basketball coach Tom Izzo not only has the opportunity to coach young men on the court, but also witness his senior basketball players graduate, an emotional moment for both coach and players every year on Senior Day. This year’s graduating class includes his senior players: Alvin Ellis III, Eron Harris and Matt Van Dyk, and his own daughter, Raquel Izzo — making this graduation a little more special for the Izzo family. Time at MSU In the beginning of her high school years, Raquel didn't even know if she wanted to attend MSU, because her dad was at the university and it was close to home. She said she wanted to be her own person and didn't know if coming to MSU was a way to fulfill that. "I kind of wanted to be my own person in a way, and so I thought," Raquel said. "Having conversations with friends who had come here, they said you can make it as close to home or as far away from home as you really want, and that really opened my eyes to that ‘cause I didn't really ever think about it like that before." Raquel credits her friends to playing a big role in her decision to attend MSU. She said she can't imagine attending any other school now or even think about attending any school not named MSU. "It was so nice to just come home and have my mom take care of me and be around her and my brother's games, my dad's games, so I definitely feel like if I didn't come here I would've missed out on all of that," she said. Raquel will have spent four years at MSU with a major in advertising and a concentration in media management. She worked in the Men's Basketball Office all four years she attended MSU and was also active in her sorority, Chi Omega. She was an avid attendee of basketball and football games. She attended majority of her dad's games and always sat with her basketball office co-workers. Raquel said she is excited about graduation next week. She said a lot of her friends are graduating, too. Still, she said she is sad and not quite ready to leave MSU. "In a way, I'm also really sad because I'm not ready to leave college and the experiences that I've had here at State," she said. "I'm sad that that part of my life is ending, but excited for the new chapter that's starting, but sad to see this part end.” Dad as head coach Being the daughter of the men's basketball head coach isn't easy. It has had an impact on Raquel's life, but in a positive way and she said it has helped shaped who she is today. "We talked a lot on whether she wanted to go to school here and be at a school where your dad's the coach, and I'm sure there's more pressure on that then I even realize … but I think she's handled it incredibly well," Tom said. "I don't think it was easy all the time to be the coach's daughter." Raquel said she felt she had to grow up really fast, but in a beneficial way. Because she was always around older people and around people in general, maturing at a young age was something she had to do. "I felt like I was almost an older soul, that's what people call me ‘an old soul,’” Raquel said. “I was always around people, so I feel like that help shaped my outgoing personality, I love talking to people." Her father's position ensured Raquel had to meet high-profile people. She said being around so many
different groups since she was young has molded her and has added to the presence she has with people today. Tom said his position of head coach might have had an impact on his daughter, but in a more positive way than a negative one. "College is college, there's a lot of great things and a there's lot of bad things," Tom said. "When you constantly are working with this age group, I get to learn things from my own players that I get to share with my own kids. … So I think more of it was good than bad, but I'm sure there was times where she probably said to herself, 'Man, I wish I was somewhere else besides here.’" Raquel has distinct memories of her dad and herself watching games, even non-MSU games. This was a way of bonding between Raquel and her dad — staying up all night watching games. "He would always come home late, and I would always want to stay up for him and you know, say hi to him before I went to bed, so sometimes he would let me stay up with him and watch some late night games," she said. Family Her parents, Tom and Lupe, said they are both happy about her upcoming accomplishment and emotional as Raquel ends this chapter of her life. "We think about it, as it gets closer all the time," Lupe said. "It's kind of emotional how fast time flies. You know, it seems like it was just yesterday that she was born and now she's graduating college." Lupe said she remembers when her daughter was just a child running around and now her "Rocky" — Raquel's nickname — is all grown up. "I'm very happy about the accomplishment, but also emotional about the fact that she's all grown up and moving on in her life,” Lupe said. The Izzo family has attended many graduations, including that of their senior players and relatives, but this one will be different. "When I think about her coming in with some guys that are now going out, they're part of my family, of course she's a big part of my family, so it's hard to believe that it all happened so quick," Tom said. Watching how emotional Tom is during Senior Day or even after a heartbreaking loss, Raquel said her dad is a "big softy" and a lot of people don't really know that side of him. "Definitely as he's gotten older, he's gotten softer," she said. “I think he'll probably cry because he's kind of a crier, but I think it'll be a full circle for him, too." Tom said there will be a million emotions when he watches Raquel walk across the stage next Friday. Throughout many graduations at MSU and different colleges, Tom has never missed a player's ceremony. "Sometimes on Saturdays, I'm at three different graduations, you know, or Friday nights … and this year it's going to be my daughter in one of them," Tom said. "When I lose a player I feel a little sad, a little excited, but a little sad. I'm sure when it's my daughter it's going to be a little bit tougher, to be honest." What's next? After graduation, Raquel is staying near MSU. She recently accepted a job at Spartan Fund, where she will be working as a professional aid. "I'll still be able to go to basketball games, football games and I'll still be around my family, so I'm not going anywhere, which my parents are happy about," she said. Raquel will be graduating May 5 at the Breslin Center. She will be earning a bachelor's degree from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She will continue onto the next phase of her life, but will still be involved in the MSU community, her family and of course, her father's basketball games.
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Land Grant Goods, which was founded by environmental studies and sustainability sophomore Alex Marx and education senior Bethany Kogut, sells honey and herbal teas with the hope of producing jam and cosmetics. Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment, or RISE, director Laurie Thorpe said the name of Land Grant Goods came from her veteran experiences with being a part of several land grant institutions. "We're a public institution that was established to educate citizens of Michigan at the time, very much around food and agriculture," Thorpe said. "I really believe in what the land grant mission is." By establishing the business through RISE, Land Grant Goods became the first student-run business affiliated with MSU.
"The people that chose this business saw that these students have heart and they have passion and they care about sustainability and its really unique in that regard," Thorpe said. "It's supporting students taking care of the planet ... that it's in contact with some really important things that matter right now in an era of climate change." Kogut said the tea was first served at the Kellogg Center and is now starting to gain attention all around campus. With the business's growth, it caught the attention of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. "They were really trying to meet the president's values in incorporating innovation into what we're learning as students," Kogut said. "They kind of grabbed us and were like, 'Hey we want make this big, we want to make this happen.'"
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Education senior Bethany Kogut harvests flowers on April 24 at Bailey Greenhouse at Bailey Hall. Land Grant Goods is the first MSU business solely run by students. The business is an organic food, tea and honey company. Kogut is the co-founder of Land Grant Goods. “The goal of Land Grant Goods is to expose the community to local food, and to give this idea of knowing where your food comes from, even if it’s not fresh,” Kogut said. PHOTO: ZAINA MAHMOUD
Part of the company’s operation takes place in the Bailey Greenhouse on campus, which Marx has been working in for two years and Kogut for four. This allowed Marx to accumulate the skills needed to run and produce the products for Land Grant Goods, but Marx also saw this as an opportunity to mesh work with his major. Kogut followed a similar path and started interacting with the Bailey Greenhouse when she was a freshman, while she was looking to get involved on campus. But something Marx wants to help bridge is the gap between the producer and consumers at MSU. "We're one of the pioneer land grant universities and we have the ability to produce prod-
ucts," Marx said. "I think it's a great opportunity to get this product out into campus, into the community and to the alumni and preach our values of sustainability and ethical production." Marx said the plan for the future of Land Grant Goods is to expand to other products, such as cosmetics and pork. For Kogut, she said she hopes Land Grant Goods will eventually move into stores such as Whole Foods, even if it happens when her time at MSU is done. "The company is going to stay on campus long after myself and Alex graduate," Kogut said. "New CEOs will come in and take over the company, so that's how it's going to stay educational and focused on academics."
“I think it’s a great opportunity to get this product out into campus, into the community and to the alumni and preach our values of sustainability and ethical production.” Alex Marx, Environmental studies and sustainability sophomore
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