The Residence Halls Association, with help from other campus organizations, is sponsoring a debate on campus today about the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, or MCRI, is a proposal to amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes.
Speakers will include activist and author Tim Wise and University of Michigan philosophy Professor Carl Cohen.
The Residence Halls Association, or RHA, and ASMSU, MSU's undergraduate student government, decided to take a stance against MCRI in December.
Vic Maurer, director of Racial, Ethnic and Progressive Affairs for RHA, said he started to consider holding the event in November.
"(RHA) represents student concerns, and this is obviously an issue students are concerned about," Maurer said, adding that the initiative clearly affects the campus and state.
The event will cost close to $9,000, with speakers costing $4,000 each.
MSU students' information provided in financial aid applications might have been used in an FBI search for possible terrorists, MSU officials say.
Rick Shipman, director of the MSU Office of Financial Aid, said MSU officials do not know whose data was given out or what students were chosen.
"(The FBI) has not given any information to MSU," Shipman said.
An eight-year partnership was secured Wednesday between the future Grand Rapids campus of the MSU medical school and the Van Andel Institute, which is pledging $16 million to the school.
The money will be used to conduct cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuroscience research, said Marsha Rappley, dean of the College of Human Medicine.
"The most important part is the partnership that we have with the institute and the commitment to work together long term," Rappley said.
Some MSU students and faculty members are happy to hear about the construction of a monument in Washington, D.C., to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
With winter well on its way, more people have been turning to Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, buses instead of their cars, bikes and feet, according to CATA officials.
Officials recently reported that record numbers of people are using the system, which includes numerous buses on and off campus, as well as other special services.
Two renovation projects await the green light from the MSU Board of Trustees.
The board could approve plans to renovate Spartan Village Elementary and the fourth floor of the Hannah Administration Building at its Friday meeting.
MSU officials recommended that Spartan Village Elementary, which has been vacant for three years, be renovated to be used as a community center for the Spartan Village student apartment complex and provide more office space for University Housing because of its limited space across campus.
The board will be presented with a proposal to authorize plans to start the renovations and approve the $3.5 million budget for the Spartan Village renovations.
University Housing has been spread out all over campus, and Angela Brown, the director of University Housing, said this vacancy is something they needed to take advantage of.
"We had several apartments around the complex being used for certain services," Brown said.
Job opportunities for college graduates are rising across the country, but significant cuts within Michigan's automotive industry are hindering the overall increase, according to a report released today by MSU's Collegiate Employment Research Institute.
Instead of a 14 percent nationwide increase, it would be closer to 6 percent if Michigan's auto industry cuts are taken into consideration, said Phil Gardner, the institute's director and author of the report.
"I'm not sure how it's going to play out," Gardner said.
The idea of MSU's "One Book, One Community" requires freshmen to read one book to unite the students and East Lansing residents by having a common interest, but some professors and students differ on the value of the annual program.
This year's book assignment, Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," is mandatory for all freshmen and encourages East Lansing residents to participate in book-related events from Aug.
Some MSU College of Law students said they feel left out of the loop regarding Dean Terence Blackburn's leave which occurred so closely to the time of accreditation.
John DiLuca, third-year law student, said he has been "disgusted with the way the administration, including President Haley, the deans, faculty and staff, have handled the consternation surrounding Dean Blackburn," and expressed his dissatisfaction to administrators in an e-mail.
"Since July 12, 2006, various media outlets have reported on several occasions that tenured faculty desire to oust Dean Blackburn," he said in the e-mail.
Clarification: The Oct. 17, 2006 letter mentioned in the page Page One article "Law school dean involved in possible conflict of interest" (SN 2/19), Page One article "College of Law seeks stable, reliable dean in new search" (SN 10/8/07), page 4a editorial "Stability, longevity needed for college of law" (SN 10/10/07) and Page One article "Move to strike" (SN 10/27/06) from the president of the law college to then-Dean Terence Blackburn said "the office of Provost has investigated the oral charges made against you by certain faculty members and found such charges to be unsubstantiated and without merit."
The halls of the MSU College of Law are filled with rumors and speculation regarding its dean, Terence Blackburn, and other faculty members.
MSU's College of Business is named after him.
And with his latest bid, he could own the Chicago Cubs baseball team, among dozens of television stations and newspapers nationwide.
MSU alumnus Eli Broad and supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle teamed up and submitted a bid for Tribune Co., according to The Associated Press.