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Monday, April 21, 2014


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Ingredient research center coming to MSU


Coming soon to MSU, an independent research facility purposed for investigating chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods which might also provide students with research and training opportunities.

The facility will be established through coordination among the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the food, beverage and consumer products industries and MSU.

By          Last updated: 04/10/14 10:32am          Read more »

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Williams tears ACL for fourth time


MSU athletics announced Tuesday that junior center Madison Williams suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

By Omari Sankofa II          Last updated: 04/01/14 5:14pm          Read more »

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Winter style


Even though it seems like winter will never end, the official start of spring is within the next couple of weeks.

By April Jones          Last updated: 03/12/14 7:26pm          Read more »

Lighting the Lamp:



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Winter Olympics draw to a close


The Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony ended the two-week athletic extravaganza at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with host nation Russia topping the medal charts with 33 medals and the USA in second with 28 — including nine gold medals.

By Emily Jenks          Last updated: 02/23/14 8:52pm          Read more »

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The time I met the president


Last Friday, I wasn’t supposed to meet President Barack Obama. But by chance, I did. In fact, I even took a picture with him.

By Rebecca Ryan          Last updated: 02/10/14 9:22am          Read more »

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Former president speaks at MSU


This Friday, President Barack Obama will come to MSU to sign the farm bill — but he is by no means the first president to visit the banks of the Red Cedar. On the afternoon of May 5, 1995, former President Bill Clinton sent more than 6,000 graduated Spartans into the new world they would soon attempt to conquer. Clinton spoke at that spring’s commencement, encouraging students about their future duties as working professionals, both to themselves and their families. During his speech that day, Clinton said it was up to the current generation to “make your historic choices for America,” according to a previous State News article by staff writer Christine Macdonald. In his speech, Clinton also addressed the Oklahoma City bombing, which at the time had happened just a few weeks before. The tragedy left 168 people dead and damaged more than 300 surrounding buildings. Clinton touched on convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh’s alleged involvement with the Michigan Militia, a right-wing paramilitary group. He said those in the militia have “broader rights here than you would in any other country in the entire world.” That day, Clinton left the students on a high note, telling them they were a part of “the real Michigan.” He joked that he knew who he was “supposed to root for” in the Big Ten conference. This was the third visit MSU received from Clinton throughout the years. He visited campus twice in 1992, once for a debate near Beaumont Tower and again later that year for the Presidential Debate at Wharton Center. At the time, he was the first sitting president to speak at MSU’s commencement in nearly 100 years.

By Katie Adbilla          Last updated: 02/04/14 9:11pm          Read more »