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t took a village of complicit individuals in places of power to create a safe haven for Larry Nassar. It will take an unwavering horde of vigilant, courageous individuals to dismantle it. Leaving the healing and reformatory process to Interim President John Engler and the Board of Trustees after decades of passivity towards sexual misconduct hasn’t resulted in meaningful change. Survivors of Nassar’s abuse, students, faculty and other members of the MSU community have tried to tear this safe haven down, but pieces of it still remain. Engler and the Board of Trustees, who were called on to resign by The State News and several other entities, are still here. It is time for them to listen to members of the student body pleading for change and reform right outside the doors of the Hannah Administration Building. It’s simple: We need our leaders to listen to their community and enact change on campus so that history doesn’t repeat itself once more. History still has its eyes on MSU. Survivors named themselves and rallied for

ing reformed sexual assault policies, programs and accountability. Just because a settlement has been reached doesn’t mean this university’s severe underlying problems have been fixed. By itself, a monetary settlement will not atone for the unremovable stain that Nassar and his enablers have left on MSU. Since our leaders refused to resign, it is up to the students and the rest “It’s simple: We need leaders who of the MSU community to continue maklisten to the community and genuinely ing their voices heard, want to enact change on campus because these are the so that history doesn’t repeat itself voices that should be representing the once more.” university. You should still care The State News Editorial Board about this narrative because you are still a part of it. Students still need to fight for their voices to a $500 million settlement with the 332 survivors of Nassar’s abuse, people, including Engler, were be projected on campus because, evidently, they quick to suggest this was the moment everyone haven’t been listened to yet. Don’t give up the fight. Don’t stop conducting could move on. But the thing Engler and the Board of Trustees fail to comprehend is a need rallies, protests and marches. Don’t stop startfor real, legitimate change on campus, includ- ing conversations about why MSU and other their rights. Members of the MSU community marched out in the horrifically cold Michigan winter. Students tied teal ribbons in bows all across campus and taped posters around bulletin boards and classrooms. Members of the administration did nothing but ignore their responsibility as leaders. When it was announced that MSU had reached

Column: Morgan McCaul, sister survivor BY MORGAN MCCAUL FEEDBACK@ STATENEWS.COM

My name is Morgan McCaul, and I’m 18 years old. Six years ago, I became a member of the Spartan community in the most unfortunate, perverted of ways. I endured unspeakable acts on this campus, things which forged my future forth in a direction completely out of my control. As a result of those breaches of my tiny, prepubescent body and subsequent breach of my faith in this school, Michigan State University has broken, battered, and slandered my intellec-

tual ability in the media. It has stalked and compiled my online activity for months and then shut me out in the most critical of days. Of utmost tragedy, this university literally robbed me of a life and childhood I’ll never get to experience, as it stole from so many other girls just like me. And still, I choose to love this university. I was only 12 years old when I limped into the MSU Sports Medicine clinic to meet a monster, my torn hip flexors a souvenir from a ballet class gone wrong. It was 15 years after Larissa Boyce had reported her assault to Kathy Klages, the first of many MSU employees who informedly chose to protect a predator over protecting a child. Subsequent reports to MSU employees in 1998, 1999 and 2004 failed to ensure my safety. Despite the incredible, seemingly endless stream of ineptitude and callousness pouring forth from the Hannah Administration building, I choose to love this university. Flooded with messages after each protest we staged, I heard the cries of faculty, staff, and students appalled by the heinous acts committed by the administration. I listened to them rally around the Sister Survivors, but more outstand-

ingly for something greater than themselves. I choose to love this university, because I have seen the depths of its insufficient policy firsthand and endured the painful reality of that negligence. And in doing so, I’ve seen how far we need to come. We, as Spartans in our diverse set of ways, are calling for a revolution, and our pledge to change this campus for the better has no expiration date. As we charge forward into our collective future, we cannot afford to stand idly by. I’m calling on you, as that little girl who faced excruciating and unfamiliar pain on Larry Nassar’s exam table, to call for democratization of the Board of Trustees as per ReclaimMSU’s policy proposals so that this attack on students’ rights can never happen again. I’m calling on you, as the seventeen year-old college freshman who missed her final chemistry exam to plead with the Board of Trustees for transparency, to demand a complete overhaul of university staff who perpetrate or allow sexual misconduct. We shall not tolerate the culture of abuse as it stands today, and we shall not accept proven enablers to remain on payroll.


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Sports 14 Spartan Preview Glance ahead at key match-ups and players of MSU Football’s 2018 season.

universities need to implement institutional reform. Call upon your leaders to ensure that the pain inflicted on hundreds of women because of Nassar’s decades of sexual abuse never happens again. Breaking stories involving Nassar, former MSU dean William Strampel and other sexual assault-related cases involving the university have continued into the summer. Whether you are approaching this campus for the very first time or returning to it for the very last time, remember that the things that happened at MSU still matter. Students new and old have a voice. Use it to call for further accountability among this university’s administration. Use it to demand that Engler and the Board of Trustees answer to the student body. You have the power to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself at MSU.

The State News Editorial Board is made up of Editor-in-Chief Claire Moore, Content Editor Anna Nichols, Photo Editor Matt Schmucker and Staff Representative Kaitlyn Kelley.

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Health services and resources available for students on campus BY ALEXIS STARK ALEXIS.STARK@STATENEWS.COM


aking care of one’s physical and mental health is essential to success, especially for college students. When the body and mind are healthy, students can feel better and perform better in classes, extracurricular activities and athletics. Going away to college exposes incoming students to new opportunities and diverse people. However, that comes in addition to finding new stresses and diverse ways of getting sick. Freshman year is the time to make new friends, study for classes and get involved with organizations on campus. Illness or injury should not get in the way of students making the most of their college experience. The size of MSU’s campus can be overwhelming, but its great size comes with resources for taking care of one’s personal health.











X-rays, blood work, laboratory tests, surgical procedures and prescriptions are not included in the three free visits policy. These kinds of services are offered by Olin, but must be billed to an insurance company or a home address. While insurance is not required for MSU students, it is strongly encouraged to help cover costs for health care services. The MSU Student Insurance Plan is also an option for undergraduate and graduate students, available to help ease the financial stress of being a college student. More information on eligibility, enrollment and coverage can be found on the MSU Human Resources website.











A map of multiple health and wellness centers spread around MSU’s campus. Each of MSU’s five neighborhoods have one. DESIGN BY DAENA FAUSTINO


In each of the five neighborhoods of campus, there is a health care center. Each center offer appointments for minor injuries or illness. Olin Health Center, which is located in North Neighborhood, is the main location for MSU Student Health Services. All of the health centers on campus exist for the benefit of MSU students and staff. Health center staff can answer general questions and provide necessary treatment to students. Attending college away from home can cause anxiety when it comes to seeking care on your own, so the health centers on campus encourage students to reach out, ask questions and take care of themselves. Obtaining prescriptions and contacting insurance providers can seem daunting, but after her first year on campus, student Renee Rogowski recommends Olin’s helpful services to other students on campus who may feel apprehensive about seeking treatment. “They’re really receptive to what I need, especially when it comes to insurance,” Rogowski said. “They’re able to get in contact with the people I need them to, whether that’s people at home or people with the insurance company. I think that Olin is a really great resource.”




With a campus as large as MSU’s, walking from south to north campus is a hike. When students are seriously ill or injured, making the trek to Olin might seem like a mission to Mars. Luckily, Olin has a courtesy van available all year to get students to their appointment. The van is also available to students who live within a one-mile radius of campus. To reserve a ride, call (517) 353-4700. The Olin Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the school year. Students can purchase items such as band-aids, cold and cough medicine, emergency contraceptives and other over-the-counter products. Prescriptions are also available through the pharmacy. Even if a student’s insurance does not cover Olin, a pharmacist on staff member will help locate a nearby alternative to supply the needed prescription.


Students may feel hesitant to seek out health care if they don’t think they’re able to cover the costs. To combat this, MSU students are offered three free visits to a campus health clinic each academic year. They also get three free lifetime psychiatry visits. Additional procedures such as

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MSU’s campus is also home to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, or RCPD. Their mission is to help students at MSU “maximize ability and opportunity for full participation by persons with disabilities.” Their main office is located Bessey Hall. If you are in need of certain accommodations, services or individual assessment, the RCPD offers assistance on a wide spectrum of disabilities, disorders and chronic or temporary health issues to students, as well as to staff, faculty and employees of the university. The RCPD says that it is a safe space on campus dedicating to helping students with disabilities feel like they have a voice in their education.


In addition to physical health, MSU emphasizes the importance of mental health through its Counseling and Psychiatric Services, or CAPS. CAPS provides a place on campus for students to seek assistance with “depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender and sexual orientation (LBGTQ) issues, substance abuse, traumatic experiences, eating or body image concerns and other personal mental health concerns.”

Located on the third floor of the Olin Health Center, CAPS “combines the services of the former MSU Counseling Center and former Olin Psychiatry Clinic under one roof to provide improved access for students.” In response to recent events on MSU’s campus regarding access to mental health support for students, Dr. Mark Patishnock has been appointed the new director of counseling and psychiatric services. He’s already tried to put a current plan in place to strengthen mental health services for students at MSU.


Since June 1, 2018, MSU students have access to 24-hour to counselors via phone or instant message through the app My SSP. The app is a downloadable student support program provided through health and wellness provider Morneau Shepell. It’s not meant to replace on-campus access to in-person counselors, but hopes to serve as a resource for students outside of CAPS business hours. “It’s an app on your phone that by chat or text or by phone call you can be put in contact with a counselor by immediate services to you for anything from mild anxiety to adjustment problems to college, to depression or anything else that is happening,” Dr. David Weismantel, an MSU physician, said. “Think of it as an alternative to in-person services and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On the other end of this app there are real-life people, masters level counselors that are providing this service.” The My SSP app is meant to be accessible to all students. It’s also an alternative to those who may or may not feel comfortable visiting a counselor in person. The app aims to establish trust between students and the services provided through the app, which could lead to meaningful relationships built with MSU mental health care providers. “I think this app will offer service to students that may not have otherwise sought out services. In the evening or on the weekends, students are able to simply start the conversation through a text,” Weismantel said. Olin Marketing and Communications Manager Kathi Braunlich is hopeful about the role this app could play in increasing MSU’s attention to students needing access to health services. “As we’re all aware, the counseling services have been working under a deficit of resources,” Braunlich said. “The hope is SSP will also keep things from getting worse because students were able to get services early and provide better access to all MSU students and the mental health services they need.” “We’re really excited about increasing the accessibility for students,” Braunlich said. “Think about the first semester and feeling homesick or just stressed, and it’s three in the morning and you’re sitting in your dorm room. This app is something you can do and your roommate doesn’t even need to know what you’re doing.” The SSP app also has to ability to put students in contact with counselors who speak their same language in addition to being familiar with their culture. The counselors working through the app have complete access to the student health resources and contacts on campus. Through this app, health counselors can also alert MSU Police to conduct a welfare check on a student in crisis. CAPS will also be informed about the situation. Students who find themselves facing an emergency situation are encouraged to contact MSU’s 24-hour centers, nearest urgent care or hospital.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS LOCAL URGENT CARE FACILITIES National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Collect calls accepted 24 hours Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Or, text “START” to 741-741 MSU Police Department Emergency line: 911 Business Line: (517) 355-2221 MSU Sexual Assault Program Crisis Line (517) 372-6666 Community Mental Health (800) 372-8460 (517) 346-8460 MSU Safe Place Domestic Violence Shelter

LOCAL URGENT CARE FACILITIES 98point6 Emergicenter (517) 913-6711 1540 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 203, Lansing Township Mon. - Fri. 12 pm to 10 pm Sat. - Sun. 10 am - 8 pm RediCare | Okemos Urgent Care (517) 339-2100 1881 W. Grand River Dr., Okemos Mon. - Sat. 8 am to 8 pm Sun. 8 am to 5 pm

CLOSEST HOSPITAL Sparrow Hospital Emergency (517) 364-2616 1215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing Sparrow Hospital has a 24-hour emergency department. Students experiencing a medical emergency are advised to call 9-1-1 for ambulance transport to the hospital.

Sparrow Urgent Care (517) 333-6562 2682 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Sun. - Sat. 8 am to 8 pm Central Urgent Care of East Lansing (517) 253-0751 911 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 101, East Lansing CLOSED IN THE SUMMER Mon. - Fri. 10 am to 8 pm Sat. 9 am to 6 pm // Sun. 9 am - 2 pm Lansing Urgent Care (517)-999-CARE (2273) 505 N. Clippert St. Next to the Frandor Shopping Center.






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Here are the top six ways to travel around MSU’s campus BY ZACHARY SGRO ZACHARY.SGRO@STATENEWS.COM

IT’S WELCOME WEEK AT MSU. It’s the first day of classes, but no one knows where their classes are or how long it will take to get to them. Campus seems like some uncharted land that man has yet to conquer. No one wants to be that kid who asks for directions or pulls out their phone to use the Google Maps app on their smartphone. This list has been devised to break down the positives and negatives of six methods of navigating MSU’s 5,200 acre campus. PHOTO: A group of students board a CATA bus on Jan. 16, 2018. PHOTO BY ANNIE BARKER.

WALKING PROS Walking can be the cheapest way to get around campus, especially for those students trying to make it by on a college budget. For students whose dorms are central to campus or are at least relatively close to their classes, that makes this option even more appealing. It depends on the amount of walking you do and what kind of shoes you wear. Walking constantly can wear out shoes faster than one would think. If done right, walking can be a cheap and reliable option, but it’s also a source of good exercise. For students who find themselves hitting the books harder than they used to and working out less, walking can be the key to staying in shape. It’s important to try and keep that infamous “Freshman 15” at bay.


CONS Despite the upsides of investing in a longboard, it is a mode of transportation that is heavily dependant on what season it is. Once winter hits, count on packing that shred sled away. Longboards are heavily dependent on the conditions of the weather, with the ultimate downside to them being cracked pavement and snow.



PROS The Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, offers few different travel options that vary in price. CATA allows students to purchase a variety of different passes that best suit their transportation needs. Students can buy a 31-day pass for $18 or a full semester pass for $50. Both include unlimited rides on campus. They can be purchased at the MSU ID Office or at select Sparty’s convenience stores across campus, like the one in the MSU Union. Through CATA’s Spartan Service routes, buses drop students off in various convenient locations on campus. On very hot or cold days where walking to class on the other side of campus just isn’t an option, CATA proves useful.

PROS Longboarding is another relatively cheap option in the long run. A decent longboard that offers versatility and reliability will cost around $100 or more. For those who want a slightly faster option than walking, try out a longboard. Longboards could be considered more portable than bicycles. Rather than taking the time to stop at a bike rack, students can just pick

CONS CATA bus routes are scheduled to make stops at designated locations every seven minutes, but that varies with the amount of traffic, pedestrians and drivers waiting for people to catch up to the bus before it leaves. It may take some time to learn the bus routes by heart, despite all the maps and resources that

CONS One of the biggest downsides to walking is the amount of time it takes to get to a destination on campus, especially if one’s classes are spread out. Having a handful of shoes to rotate through wearing is important for those who find themselves walking frequently. Walking during times of extreme weather such as heat, rain or snow can make an arduous journey across campus even more strenuous.


their longboard up and carry it to class to conveniently store it under their seat or place it against a wall.

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are offered by MSU and CATA. Even knowing the routes by heart and waiting for the bus at the correct time won’t prevent the buses from becoming crowded when winter arrives. As a result of an increased number of riders, that bus you need to catch to get to class on time could occasionally drive right past you because it can’t hold any more students.

CARS PROS With seven lots for on campus residents, six for visitors to campus, three booth lots and an estimated 600-meter parking space, cars are promising method of transportation. Parking permits are a costly option, as they range anywhere from $108 to $320 depending on the lot, but the flexibility they offer makes the cost worth it. Using a car to get around campus allows students to leave when they want and is fairly cost-effective when one only has to travel a handful of miles. Cars offer air conditioning during the summer and heat during the winter. They also ensure that students won’t be shoulder-to-shoulder with people on the bus or freezing on the street corner as they wait to cross the street. Students can also reduce the overall cost of gasoline by carpooling with friends. CONS Parking on campus is not always convenient. Finding a perfect parking spot isn’t always an option. This can force students to park further away or higher up in a parking structure than they’d like. Parking tickets are also a huge downside if students fail to make it back to meters in time. Once winter comes along, driving becomes even more difficult. Students who aren’t in covered parking areas may have to clean off snow or even shovel their cars out of the snow.

MOPEDS PROS Mopeds are an efficient and cost-effective way of getting around campus. Not only are they a fast mode of transportation, but they are relatively cheap and have convenient parking. The initial cost of a moped is relatively high, but it’s comparative to buying a car. A moped can usually retain its value depending on what make and model it is and how well it’s taken care of. Mopeds are also fuel efficient.

CONS Mopeds can be a wise investment, but not everyone can find the means to purchase one. A big problem with mopeds is that they leave riders open to the elements, making driving in the winter a difficult task. Until recently, students were able to park mopeds near bike racks. Starting Aug. 1, 2018, students will now be charged $50 for a moped parking permit. Students will be required to park in designated moped parking spots instead. Until those spots are created, it’s hard to tell how that affects their convenience.

BIKES PROS Bikes are by far one of the most obvious ways students can get around campus. There are around 20,000 bikes registered to faculty and students. Due to minimal cost and maintenance, bike racks conveniently located near every building around campus and a centrally located service center, bikes have become a primary mode of transportation in East Lansing.

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CONS Storage during the winter can be hard to come by for bikes. A lot of dormitories offer rooms to store them, but not all. Getting a bike out can be a hassle. Those who choose not to store their bikes during the winter can see the results of serious rusting or damage to wheels and bike frames. It’s possible that owners wouldn’t be able to use their bikes right away during the following spring season. Students also face bike theft, especially if their bike locks can be easily cut off or broken, yet the lack of winter storage and possible theft is offset because of the low cost of bikes, reduced travel time and cheap maintenance.




INTERIM PRESIDENT JOHN ENGLER Appointed Jan. 31, 2018 Engler was chosen to replace Lou Anna K. Simon, who resigned amidst ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse scandal. The Republican served three terms as governor of Michigan from 1991-2003. His short tenure has been marred by controversies throughout; among them are allegations that he tried to arrange a payout to a Nassar survivor and his statement that students would “certainly” be on the hook for tuition increases as a result of sexual assault legislation that would open the door to more lawsuits against MSU. FUN FACT: Engler was on George W. Bush’s shortlist of potential candidates for vice president in the run-up to the 2000 presidential election.

ASMSU PRESIDENT KATHERINE “COOKIE” RIFIOTIS Elected in 2018 Rifiotis was unanimously elected to the helm of the Associated Students of Michigan State University in April, replacing Lorenzo Santavicca who served as president for two years. A political theory and constitutional democracy senior, she has advocated for amending the state constitution to require a student representative on the Board of Trustees. FUN FACT: Rifiotis, who has dual citizenship in Greece and Brazil, is the first international student to become the president of ASMSU.



Elected in 2010 Breslin, a former Meijer executive, is the chair of the Board of Trustees. In January, he read a statement expressing the board’s “full faith” in then-President Simon, who stepped down five days later. He has announced that he will not seek re-election when his term expires this year.

Ferguson is by far the longest-serving member of the board, now in his fourth term. He graduated from MSU in 1965 with a degree in elementary education. His controversial remarks in January that the university had more going on than just “this Nassar thing” received nationwide coverage.

FUN FACT: He’s not the namesake of the Breslin Center – that would be his dad, former MSU administrator Jack Breslin. However, he did play basketball here (in Jenison Fieldhouse, not the Breslin Center), averaging 6.7 points per game for his career.

FUN FACT: Ferguson founded what are now the Lansing area’s Fox and ABC TV stations. He used the funds from the sale of WFAL (now WSYM), Lansing’s first independent station, to found ABC-affiliated WLAJ in 1990.



Elected in 2008 Byrum, who was re-elected in 2016, is no stranger to politics. She served twelve years as a Democratic state representative and state senator. In 2003, she became the first woman to lead a legislative caucus in Michigan.

Elected in 2014 Foster has had plenty of stops and starts in her MSU trustee career. She was first appointed to the board in 1991 and served for two years and was elected in 2004 and served as vice-chair. She lost her re-election bid in 2012, prompting her to give it another successful try in 2014.

FUN FACT: Byrum’s daughter, Barb, was elected to the state House in 2007 as a representative of the 67th District – replacing none other than Dianne herself.

FUN FACT: When Foster was first appointed to the board, it was then-Gov. John Engler, now MSU’s interim president, who selected her.



Elected in 2016 Kelly, an attorney for a Troy-based law firm, ran on a campaign against the university’s tuition rate increases. A few Nassar survivors called for Kelly’s resignation in a scathing letter, given his past representation of a school district in sexual abuse cases.

Elected in 2010 Lyons, who will not seek reelection this year, was the first trustee to call for former president Lou Anna K. Simon’s resignation, coming a day after the board’s statement of support for Simon. The former MSU tight end was acquitted on charges of assault and battery in May after a middle school basketball referee accused Lyons of pushing him.

FUN FACT: He received the most votes of any candidate in the 2016 Board election.

FUN FACT: Lyons was drafted in the 6th round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1993. He went on to play 90 games and catch one touchdown for the Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 1999.



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Interim president John Engler addresses the media with the Board of Trustees backing him on Jan. 31, 2018, at Hannah Administration Building. PHOTO BY C.J. WEISS

“All our courageous survivors ever wanted was an apology. The least we can do is atone for the transgressions against them by apologizing for not ending the evils of Nassar earlier, for our tone, for not listening, and for the lack of an internal report to help them find closure.” Brian Mosallam MSU Trustee


BRIAN MOSALLAM Elected in 2012 Mosallam is one of three board members directly affiliated with MSU football. The former offensive lineman held a town hall in February in an attempt to discuss the fallout from the Nassar scandal, but the event also drew controversy when thousands of attendees were denied entry due to overcrowding. FUN FACT: While playing football for the Spartans, Mosallam brushed aside the stereotype of the “dumb jock” – he was an Academic All-American in 1996.

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GEORGE PERLES Elected in 2006 The 82-year-old Perles is perhaps best known as a former Spartan head football coach. He won two Big Ten titles with the team in 1987 and 1990 and in 1988 led the team to its first Rose Bowl win in 22 years. FUN FACT: Perles served in the dual role of not only MSU’s head coach, but athletic director as well starting in 1990. He resigned as athletic director in 1992 after then-President John DiBiaggio publicly criticized one man holding both positions.

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NASSAR: A TIMELINE 1994 A gymnast alleges that Nassar had sexually abused her in 1994. That abuse allegedly continued for six years.

1997 Nassar begins working at MSU as a team doctor and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A parent raises concerns to John Geddert, owner of Twistars Gymnastics Company, about Nassar. Geddert doesn’t notify police.

2016 AUG. 29, 2016 Rachael Denhollander files a criminal complaint against Nassar with the MSU Police. SEPT. 12, 2016 Rachael Denhollander becomes the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse when the IndyStar breaks the news of her police report and the California civil suit filed. NOV. 22, 2016 Nassar is charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 in Ingham County. He pleads not guilty and is freed on a $1 million bond. Officials say they had received about 50 complaints alleging sexual abuse by Nassar at that point. DEC. 21, 2016 MSU is included in the lawsuit filed by former student athlete, Tiffany Thomas Lopez. She claims she was sexually abused by Nassar when she was a student at MSU between 19982001 and she complained to two different athletic trainers about the alleged abuse and was told “not to discuss what happened with Nassar.”

AUG. 30, 2016 MSU relieves Nassar of all clinical and patient duties at the university.

SEPT. 20, 2016 MSU fires Nassar as an associate professor in the C o l l e g e o f O s te o p a t h i c Medicine. MSU launches an internal investigation.

DEC. 16, 2016 N a s s a r is ch a rg e d with possessing child pornography and is arrested for the possession of thousands of images and videos dating back to 2003. The FBI said some videos on Nassar’s hard drive showed him assaulting girls under 12 years old. He is indicted and expected to go to trial.


1998 Nassar begins sexually abusing a family friend’s six-year-old daughter. A student athlete at MSU reports her concerns about Nassar to trainers and coaches, but the university didn’t take any action.

2017 JAN. 10, 2017 Eighteen women sue Nassar and MSU.

FEB. 13, 2017 Former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages is suspended by the university after a woman claims she discouraged her from filing a sexual assault complaint against Nassar in the late 1990s. FEB. 17, 2017 A judge orders Nassar to stand trial on sexual assault charges. A 25-year-old woman testified that she was repeatedly molested by him and MSU hires a special investigator for an internal review of Nassar’s time at the university.

MAY 2, 2017 Denhollander criticizes MSU’s handling of Nassar’s abuse in an open letter to Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. She called out Simon for saying it was impossible to stop a “determined sexual predator and pedophile.” Denhollander said MSU ignored the countless reports about Nassar.

MAY 12, 2017 Nassar’s preliminary hearing begins in the 55th district court, as he is facing charges for sexually abusing seven women and girls.

JULY 11, 2017 Nassar pleads guilty to three child pornography charges.

Larry Nassar is escorted out of the courtroom during his first day of sentencing on Jan. 31, 2018, in the Eaton County courtroom. PHOTO BY MATT SCHMUCKER



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1999 MSU Runner Christie Achenbach was referred to Nassar for a hamstring injury. She notified her coach, Kelli Bert, of how Nassar penetrated her with his fingers during a “treatment.” Bert told her that Nassar was an Olympic doctor who knew what he was doing. The incident wasn’t reported.

NOV. 22, 2017 Nassar pleads guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham and Eaton county.

JAN. 24, 2017 Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspends Nassar’s medical licenses. FEB. 14, 2017 Klages resigns as the MSU head women’s gymnastics coach one day after she is suspended from the university. FEB. 22, 2017 Police secure warrants for 22 new sexual assault charges against Nassar. Most are directly related to his work at MSU SportsMEDICINE, and the rest are tied to his work at Twistars Gymnastics Club. MARCH 17, 2017 A new MSU investigation finds evidence of Nassar’s sexual abuse. The Title IX investigators find that Nassar sexually assaulted Denhollander when he “treated” her in 2000.

MAY 10, 2017 Simon responds to Denhollander’s letter and the articles about investigations related to sexual assault at MSU via a YouTube video. JUNE 30, 2017 District Court Judge Julie Reincke sends Nassar’s Eaton County case to trial court level after determining that there was enough evidence for him to stand trial. Hours later, 23 more women and girls joined the federal lawsuit against Nassar, MSU and USA Gymnastics, making a total of 119 women and girls who have filed lawsuits.

2000 Another student athlete at MSU reports her concerns about Nassar to trainers or coaches, but the university didn’t take any action. Rachael Denhollander, who becomes the first woman to publicly allege sexual abuse against Nassar, said she was sexually abused by Nassar when she received “ treatments” for her lower back pain at age 15 in 2000.

JANUARY 2018 More than 220 survivors deliver impact statements in court. JAN. 24, 2018 Nassar pleads guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and is sentenced to 40 to 175 years in Ingham County after 156 survivors of his sexual abuse give their impact statements to the court. JAN. 25, 2018 T h e d ay a f te r S i m o n ’s resignation, MSU students painted the Rock on Farm Lane in support of the hundreds of survivors of Nassar’s sexual abuse. JAN. 31, 2018 Students sit in at a Board of Trustees meeting, where members of the board formally announced that former Governor John Engler is to be the MSU Interim President. FEB. 2, 2018 At the March for Transparency, a crowd gathered at the Rock on Farm Lane to protest the MSU administration’s lack of transparency in handling Nassar’s sexual abuse and the Board of Trustees’ appointment of John Engler as interim president.

2004 The survivor in Nassar’s Ingham County charges tells her parents about Nassar’s sexual abuse, but they didn’t report it to the police. Nassar receives or attempts to receive child pornography.

2014 MSU clears Nassar to continue wo r k i n g a f te r a re ce nt graduate complained he sexually assaulted her during a medical exam. Nassar retires as a USA Gymnastics Medical Coordinator, but will remain as a team doctor for women’s gymnastics.

2015 Nassar leaves USA Gymnastics. He says he voluntarily resigned.

2018 JAN. 19, 2018 The MSU Board of Trustees and Simon ask the state’s Attorney General to open an independent review into how the university handled complaints against Nassar.

JAN. 24, 2018 Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon resigns after pressure from news outlets, of f icials , sur vivors , M SU students and others. JAN. 26, 2018 MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis announces his resignation two days after Simon resigns.

FEB. 1, 2018 Hundreds of MSU students, faculty and other members of the community attended a town hall meeting arranged by Trustee Brian Mosallam on Feb. 1. At the meeting, several people called for Engler to resign.

Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon walks into the Red Cedar Room on Sept. 23, 2017 at the Kellogg Center. PHOTO BY CARLY GERACI

FEB. 2, 2018 A computer from former dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel’s MSU office is taken under a search warrant. About 50 pornographic images, many containing MSU apparel, were found on the work computer, as well as other pornographic videos and a video of Nassar performing a “treatment” on a female patient. APRIL 13, 2018 The last Board of Trustees meeting of the year sparked protests from Reclaim MSU, a student group created in light of the university’s handling of Nassar’s abuse. MAY 16, 2018 MSU makes a $500 million lawsuit settlement with the 332 survivors of Nassar’s abuse.

FEB. 5, 2018 Nassar is sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Eaton County. MARCH 26, 2018 Str a m p e l , w h o ove r s aw the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU and supervised Nassar, is arrested after four detailed incidents alleging sexual misconduct against him.

APRIL 23, 2018 The Rally for Resignations brings members of the MSU community, survivors and students to the Hannah Administration Building to demand that the MSU Board of Trustees and Interim President John Engler resign.

Protestors begin their walk to the Hannah Administration Building during the March for Transparency on Feb. 2, 2018. PHOTO BY CJ WEISS

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How to buy a football student section pass BY ZACHARY SGRO ZACHARY.SGRO@STATENEWS.COM

Students who are new to the process of purchasing season passes for home MSU Football games can do so following this stepby-step guide. Students can purchase season passes by going to the home page of MSU Athletics. Once there, a handful of tabs will direct visitors to the appropriate pages. Individuals looking to obtain season tickets will want to click the

“Tickets” tab, then on “MSU Student Admissions” under that. From there, students new to MSU must register on the site with their university-issued Spartan Card. Those who have yet to register should click the option on the right side of the page. Students should plug in their email address, nine-digit APID number and their password from their MSU email. Once an account has been created and students are logged in, students should click on “Football Season Admission.” Rules of purchasing season passes will pop up. The rules state that season passes are one per student unless they are married. If students are married, they

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can provide proof of marriage in order to buy two passes. General admission season passes are listed as $182 each for the 2018 season. From there, students should click on “Find Tickets.” Students will then be prompted to fill out the quantity of passes they want to purchase. After adding them to their cart, students can click through to the next page, which breaks down of the price of the passes being purchased. Students should then fill out basic information such as their mailing address, contact details and credit card information. At this point, students can submit their season pass order.

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TOP: Quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) throws the football during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2017, at Ryan Field. The Spartans fell to the Wildcats, 39-31, in 3OT. BOTTOM LEFT: Wide receiver Cody White (7) brings in a pass during the game against Penn State, on Nov. 4, 2017, at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 27-24. BOTTOM RIGHT: Linebacker Joe Bachie (35) makes a tackle during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2017, at Ryan Field. The Spartans fell to the Wildcats, 39-31, in 3OT. PHOTOS BY MATT SCHMUCKER 14


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Just two years ago, MSU Football finished its 2016 season with a 3-10 record. After a 10-3 record and No. 15 final ranking by the Associated Press polls in 2017, the Spartans have established themselves as a team who could once again compete for a Big Ten Championship and even a College Football Playoff birth. MSU is looking to turn the momentum from last year, when the Spartans capped off the greatest single-season turnaround in school history with a dominating 42-17 win over No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. Last year, head coach Mark Dantonio carried one of the youngest teams in the nation -- 13 underclassmen started on offense and defense. MSU is returning a total of 49 players, 19 of which started last year. The 19 position starters returning are tied for second most in the entire FBS. MSU is in the midst of its winningest decade in school history, as the Spartans are 78-28 (.736) since the beginning of the 2010 season. During this span, MSU has won bowl games in five seasons: 2011, 2012, 2013 (Rose Bowl), 2014, and 2017. They’ve also won three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). MSU’s .736 winning percentage this decade is second best in school history (.766 in 1950s, 70-21-1). The Spartans are ranked in several Top 25 preseason polls this year, including CBS Sports (No. 5), The Athletic (No. 7), ESPN (No. 9) and Sports Illustrated (No. 12). The Spartans will face seven teams on their upcoming schedule who played in a bowl game last year, including two of its three non-conference opponents -- Utah State (Aug. 31) and Arizona State (Sep. 8) -- in the first two weeks. The remaining five bowl teams from last year are all in the Big Ten: Northwestern (Oct. 6), Penn State (Oct. 13), Michigan (Oct. 20), Purdue (Oct. 27) and Ohio State (Nov. 10). MSU’s 2018 season opener is set for Friday, Aug. 31 vs. Utah State. Dantonio is 6-0 in previous Friday night opening games during his 12-year stint as head coach, with wins over Youngstown State (2011), Boise State (2012), Western Michigan (2013), Jacksonville State (2014), at Western Michigan (2015) and Furman (2016). In week two, MSU travels to the desert for a matchup against Arizona State as part of a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. Junior quarterback Brian Lewerke played high school football in the Phoenix area. The schools have only faced off twice in program history dating back to 1985 and ‘86, resulting in a split series with wins for the home teams. The Spartans will welcome the Sun Devils at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019. On Sep. 29, MSU will play at home vs. Central Michigan as their last non-conference opponent of the season. In early October, MSU plays a tough stretch of games against Northwestern (Oct. 6), Penn State (Oct. 13) and Michigan (Oct. 20). The Spartans have won eight of their last 10 games against the Wolverines during Dantonio’s tenure. The Spartans will be battle tested during this portion of their schedule, and if they can win at least two of three, they’ll be in good shape to head into the homestretch. On Nov. 10, Ohio State travels to East Lansing for an important Big Ten East matchup. The Buckeyes defeated MSU 48-3 last year in Columbus. If Dantonio’s team can win this game, it should put MSU in tremendous shape to make the Big Ten Championship. Read the position breakdown on the next page for players to watch out for this season.



DEFENSIVE LINE: KENNY WILLEKES, JUNIOR Willekes was a standout player on the team’s defensive line last season. Putting together 14.5 tackles for a loss and seven sacks makes Willekes a force to be reckoned with. Willekes is no Shilique Calhoun, but he certainly isn’t a player to overlook.

QUARTERBACK: BRIAN LEWERKE, JUNIOR Expect Lewerke to start this 2018 season. Lewerke started all 13 games and racked up a total of 3,352 total yards during his sophomore season -- breaking a record previously set by Connor Cook (2,831 yds) back in 2013. Lewerke was able to rush for 559 yards of those yards last season. With a full 13 game season under his belt, it’s safe to say the junior will be seeing a majority of play time.

LINEBACKERS: JOE BACHIE, SOPHOMORE Junior linebacker Joe Bachie was voted team MVP in 2017, and for good reason. Pulling in 100 tackles, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks, Bachie is no joke. Look for him to be all over the field when the Spartans need a big play. SECONDARY: DAVID DOWELL, JUNIOR Grabbing a substantial five interceptions, especially after looking at what games he was in, makes David Dowell an impact player to keep an eye on. The junior is a key piece to defense and will need to keep up his level of play, especially with the schedule the Spartans face this season.

TOP: Running back L.J. Scott (3) runs the ball during the game against Western Michigan on Sept. 9, 2017 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Broncos, 28-14. PHOTO BY CARLY GERACI BOTTOM: Cornerback Josiah Scott (22) runs off the field after an interception during the annual Green and White spring game on April 7, 2018 at Spartan Stadium. White defeated Green, 32-30. PHOTO BY MATT SCHMUCKER

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RUNNING BACK: L.J. SCOTT, SENIOR L.J. Scott will return for his final season. He is the obvious choice to get a majority of playing time. Sophomore Connor Heyward will also be a player to keep an eye after he posted some impressive numbers on special teams last season. With a similar height and build to that of Scott and equally impressive versatility, Heyward is a comfortable second option for the Spartan offense. WIDE RECEIVER: CODY WHITE, SOPHOMORE Cody White is another sophomore who saw plenty of game time last season and left a lasting impression with 35 receptions and four touchdowns. White was also named to the All-Freshman team by the Big Ten Network. Look for White when the offense takes the field in 2018. OFFENSIVE LINE: MATT ALLEN, JUNIOR It’s safe to assume that sophomore Matt Allen, brother of both Jack and Brian Allen, will play with the same grit and mindset as his older brothers. The Allens have dominated the center position for years now.

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Proposal to legalize recreational marijuana set for November vote

Taylor resident Sierra smokes a vape on April 2, 2016 at The Diag in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hash Bash is an annual event that hosts vendors, music and guest speakers. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO

A woman smokes a joint on April 2, 2016 at Hash Bash in The Diag in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hash Bash is an annual event that hosts vendors, music and guest speakers. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO

“It’d be nice to see that pass, and us put the jailing of people for smoking marijuana behind us forever,” Meadows said. Meadows also added that he would personally The proposal to legalize recreational marijuana throughout the state of Michigan is set to be be in favor of dropping the legal age to consume both marijuana and alcohol to 18 years of age, on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2018. Should this proposal pass, people 21 years of but since the legal age to consume alcohol is 21 age and older will be able to purchase and use years, it should be “consistent across the board.” Hovey added that this legislation will put an recreational marijuana in the state. A vote will determine if Michigan will follow in the foot- end “to law enforcement resources that go to steps of other states, such as Colorado and Cal- police to regulate a plant that has proven to be ifornia, in legalizing marijuana for recreation- less dangerous and less addictive than either alcohol or tobacco.” al use at the state level. While the legalization of marijuana would cerJosh Hovey, the communications director for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alco- tainly be significant for the state, the City of East hol, said that if the proposal passes, Michigan Lansing wouldn’t see as much change since recwould see “a very similar licensing structure that reational marijuana was decriminalized here by is happening right now with medical marijuana.” a city charter amendment in 2015. One problem “You’re going to see very little difference from that is present with the current set up in East what happens today, but there will be a whole Lansing is that while it is decriminalized here, marijuana is still illegal at the state level. As a lot fewer arrests,” Hovey said. Though recreational marijuana could be legal- result, police in the area have to enforce two ized in November, Hovey said it would take “a conflicting sets of laws. East Lansing Mayor Pro-Tem Erik Altmann “As long as cities, you know, villages, said that if legalization passes in November, townships, counties are authorized to set their “a little bit more clariown course on this, I think that it’s the right ty” will be provided to way to go. I don’t think the state has to dictate local police in the area everything to us.” because they will not have to work under conflicting laws at the local Mark Meadows and state levels. Mayor of East Lansing “I am a solid supporter of decriminalization at all levels and I think couple years to get everything up and running.” prohibition has been a spectacular failure and “Once our initiative passes, people will be able the rest of the country and the rest of the world to possess and consume legally, but the licens- is moving towards legalization in one form or ing structure will take probably a year to real- another,” Altmann said. “It’s such a waste of money and such a waste of, you know, human ly get off the ground,” Hovey said. Hovey said that it could take a while for “the resources when people get prosecuted and state to create all the rules and the processes thrown in jail for marijuana crimes, it doesn’t make any sense.” for applying for licenses.” “We think that this isn’t really a Democrat or “I support the ballot measure,” East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said. “As long as cities, Republican issue, this is an issue that the time you know, villages, townships, counties are has come, and most people in Michigan agree authorized to set their own course on this, I that prohibition doesn’t work and it’s been a think that it’s the right way to go. I don’t think massive failure and that a system of strong regulation is a much better option,” Hovey said. the state has to dictate everything to us.” BY JACK KIRWAN




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Quiz: What MSU Dairy Store flavor are you? BY CLAIRE MOORE


The Dairy Store means as much to MSU, quite simply, as Ben means to Jerry. The store is situated right near the heart of campus and boasts an array of ice cream flavors. In fact, Thrillist Magazine named the MSU Dairy Store one of the best ice cream shops in the nation in 2018. The store has over 20 different flavors of ice cream to choose from. Take the quiz below to find which popular flavor best matches your personality!

1. What do you like to top your ice cream with? 1. Nuts 2. Rainbow sprinkles 3. Candy (such gummy worms or crushed Oreos) 4. Mini marshmallows 5. Berries

2. How do you like to eat your ice cream? 2. In a regular cake cone 5. In a sugar cone 3. In a waffle cone 4. In a bowl 1. Straight out of the container

3. What syrup or sauce do you prefer? 1. Hot fudge

6 - 10: You got Sesquicentennial Swirl, one of the Dairy Store’s most popular flavors. This ice cream is made of a birthday cake base with green icing and pieces of cake mixed in. This classic represents a person’s “Go green, Go White!” Spartan spirit.

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2. Caramel sauce 5. Strawberry sauce 3. Chocolate syrup 4. No syrup or sauce

4. How much ice cream are we talking here? 5. A single bite 4. One scoop 3. Two scoops 2. Three scoops 1. The entire tub

5. In what form do you prefer your ice cream? 2. Soft-serve 1. Hand-scooped 4. Milkshake 3. Ice cream sandwich 5. Rolled up

Tally up the number of points you have after selecting your answers. Determine what flavor you are by matching your total with the flavors below. 1 - 5: You’re Dantonio’s Double Fudge Fake, which is chocolate ice cream with mini chocolate caramel footballs and caramel swirl inside. Given the name, it’s the perfect match for an MSU sports fan.


11 - 15: You’re Banana Chocolate Chunk, a zanier ice cream flavor of the Dairy Store that’s perfect for those looking for something out of the ordinary - indicative of a unique and one-of-a-kind personality. 16 - 20: Buckeye Blitz is for downright geniuses who decided to mix peanut butter ice cream and chocolate fudge into a single ice cream option. In doing so, they created a treat for similarly-minded people that’ll go down in history as the perfect meld of the two popular flavors. 21 - 25: You got Shaw Lane Strawberry, a fruity ice cream that says a lot about your sweet personality and love of things cute and colorful.

Chabad House of MSU 540 Elizabeth St. (517) 214-0525 Prayer Services: Friday night services followed by traditional Shabbat dinner @ Chabad. Eastminster Presbyterian Church 1315 Abbot Rd. (517) 337-0893 Classes for All Ages: 9:30am Sun. Worship: 10:30am www.eastminster Greater Lansing Church of Christ 310 N. Hagadorn Rd. (Meet @ University Christian Church) (517) 898-3600 Sun: 8:45am Worship, 10am Bible Class Wed: 1pm, Small group bible study www.greaterlansing Hillel Jewish Student Center 360 Charles St. (517) 332-1916 Services: Friday night 6pm, dinner @ 7, September–April

The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing 920 S. Harrison Rd. (517) 351-4309 Friday Services: 12:15-12:45 & 1:45-2:15 For prayer times visit Martin Luther Chapel 444 Abbot Rd. (517) 332-0778 Sun: 9:30am & 7pm Wed: 9pm Mini-bus pick-up on campus (Fall/Spring) www.martinluther The People’s Church, multidenominational 200 W Grand River Ave. (517) 332-6074 Sunday Service: 10:30am with free lunch for students following worship. ThePeoples Pentecostals of East Lansing 16262 Chandler Road (517) 337-7635 Service Times: Sundays: Prayer 10:30am, Service 11am Wednesdays: Prayer 6:30pm, Bible Study 7pm Denomination: Pentecostal

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Riverview ChurchMSU Venue MSU Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor 49 Abbot Rd. (517) 694-3400 Sun. Worship: 6:30pm St. John Catholic Church and Student Center 327 M.A.C Ave. (517) 337-9778 Sun: 8am, 10am, Noon, 5pm, 7pm M,W,F: 12:15pm T & Th: 9:15pm University Lutheran Church (ULC) One Community Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Ministry 1020 S. Harrison (517) 332-2559 Sun. Worship: 8:30am & 10:45 am (Sept–May) Summer Worship: 9:30am WELS Lutheran Campus Ministry 704 Abbot Rd. (517) 580-3744 Sat: 6:30pm

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Spartans staying in town over the summer might not know they don’t have to stay on the banks of the Red Cedar -- there are plenty of ways to kayak, canoe, paddleboard or otherwise float down it! Here’s a few ways you can drop in and enjoy the aquatic beauty of both the waterway that earned a shoutout in our fight song, and it’s much longer “parent,” the Grand River.

River Town Adventures

Take a walk down the River Trail near the Lansing Center and you’ll see a little shack near a large collection of paddleboats -- that’s home to River Town Adventures, a popular kayak and canoe livery. Don’t let the size of the rental stand fool you. The service, opened in 2014, offers plenty of organized trips around the region in addition to their boat rentals. Dubbed “adventure packages,” River Town’s daily drop-in trips start at either Moore’s Park or near the Potter Park Zoo and end up at the River Trail rental stand. “Getting down in the water really gives you a

different perspective and a better appreciation for the natural resources that we really do have here in this area,” said co-owner Paul Brogan. Longer trips for more experienced paddlers include a 10-mile Dimondale-to-downtown Lansing trek and an 7-mile adventure from the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town to Delta Mills Park just northwest of Lansing. Those require reservations ahead of time. If you just want to paddle around and take in the natural and urban beauty of Lansing, it’ll set you back $10 for every hour. All of these trips are along the Grand River -- unfortunately, all of the livery’s Red Cedar adventures are shut down due to “log jam hazards,” according to the River Town website. Brogan said he hopes to get the waterway cleared out and safe for boating within the next couple weeks.

Kruger Landing, the Administration Building, Riverfront Park... well, any access point

Wells Hall and the Administration Building is popular for boaters looking to paddle through campus. Make sure to start at the waterfall or further downstream though, or expect an unwelcome tumble down the falls. Kruger Landing, a little down the River Trail by MSU’s campus, provides parking so you can tie a boat up to your car and easily get paddling. Its location just upstream from the Potter Park Zoo means you could potentially see exotic animals in addition to the greenery surrounding the river. If you want to explore the region beyond the Red Cedar, the Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds keeps a nice list handy of other places to get on and off the Grand River. If the unpredictability of a river is too much for you, Crego Park off Mt. Hope Road -- just minutes from Kruger Landing -- has a calm lake and canoe lift for easy access.

If you don’t need to rent a boat, there are plenty of access points available to drop in and start paddling both on and off campus. The spot right below the waterfall between

Wharton Center brings Broadway to Bogue Street

Movies & Music to look out for this summer Summer is blockbuster movie season, and with it comes long days spent in movie theaters to view some of the year’s most highly-anticipated films. Here are five movies to catch over the summer months.




June 15 The long-awaited sequel to the 2004 film about a superhero family.


SU students can work and play with a wide variety of performances coming to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts during the upcoming semesters. Broadway in New York City is over 600 miles from East Lansing, usually out of reach of the average college student. Tickets, hotels and souvenirs all add up quickly and sometimes groceries win over feeding your hunger for bright lights and show tunes. But Broadway shows are luckily made possible at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. With its on-campus location and discounted student tickets, you don’t need to go all the way to Broadway to see a broadway-style performance. Your student ID number allows you to purchase tickets to most shows for $19 and most Broadway shows for $29. The Wharton Center is on Bogue Street, near the College of Law and IM East. It’s within walking distance from most of campus. The 2018-2019 season at the Wharton Center is packed with exciting Broadway shows and a diverse series of plays. Performances range from theater to dance to comedy to family shows for kids. Check out this calendar of shows coming to the Wharton Center during the summer and fall semesters.



JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM June 22 Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP July 6 Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man teams up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp to take on a new threat in this sequel.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN July 20 The sequel to Mamma Mia sees a pregnant Sophie finding out about her mother’s past.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT July 27 Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt finds himself and his team in a race against time after a mission goes wrong. The front of the Wharton Center is pictured on June 13. PHOTO BY MATT SCHMUCKER







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Summer is the time to listen to some great music, so here are the four albums this summer not to miss, with a slight hip-hop slant.

BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM Kendrick Lamar, Various Artists



KIDS SEE GHOSTS Kanye West, Kid Cudi

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