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MSU Union reopening welcomes students back almost two months after shooting

April 3, 2023
<p>A worker lets a woman into the Michigan State University Union on the first opening day since the mass shooting took place in February, photographed on April 3, 2023.</p>

A worker lets a woman into the Michigan State University Union on the first opening day since the mass shooting took place in February, photographed on April 3, 2023.

The MSU Union welcomed the community of students and staff back into the building at 8 a.m. on April 3. Counselors from Counseling and Psychiatric Services, faculty, priests and student employees delivered speeches during the reopening ceremony.

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The first floor lounges, computer labs and Sparty's are now open. 

On the third floor, there is a reflection room for any community member to visit where thousands of messages from schools and communities across the country show their support and love for MSU following the tragedy on Feb. 13.

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Chief Communications Officer for Student Life and Engagement Kat Cooper said the Union was built to honor students and with the difficulty of reopening being present, it is needed for the community. 

“The very foundation of this building is our students,” Cooper said. “With graduation approaching and summer programming approaching, it was important to the team and the staff to be here if students are ready to be here ... If they’re ready, we are here for them.” 

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Counseling and Psychiatric Services is on the third floor of the MSU Union and in the Olin Health Center. Therapy dogs will also be in the Union on the day of the reopening. 

“I think we also need to remember to lean on one another,” Cooper said. “That Spartan Strong isn’t about individually being strong, it's about being strong together.”

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