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Michigan State is in uncharted territory.
There’s no blueprint, no map for how the MSU and East Lansing communities will respond to COVID-19’s presence in Michigan.
In its 165-year history, MSU has rarely disrupted its academic routine, but Wednesday morning, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced MSU would suspend all in-person classes through April 20 and make the jump to online learning.
This will dramatically change all of our lives. Our day to day routines will be disrupted, and some of us will go back to our hometowns while others won’t have that luxury.
In a time of uncertainty, what we can assure you of is this: The State News isn’t going anywhere.
With the responsibility — and honor — of empowering you through credible information, we will continue to provide accurate, reliable coverage of COVID-19 and its effects on our community.
We will continue to cover the city of East Lansing, campus culture, MSU sports and other news important to you.
Our staff will continue to work throughout the year, and will have the ability to work remotely. Our office will remain open, and we will monitor changes closely to make adjustments if necessary.
Our job has always been to chronicle life on and off campus to help you better navigate and understand your world. Through our continued coverage of how the community is impacted by this pandemic, we also hope to help you make the best decisions possible as events unfold.
It’s situations like these that push us to work even harder, and we hope you’ll continue to turn to The State News.
If you have specific questions or concerns about how this will affect the MSU and East Lansing communities, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to best serve you, our audience, and find answers to your most pressing questions.
Know that no matter where this crisis takes you, we’ll be here.