“This year's theme is ‘Roots Resilience Rebirth,’ and the story behind it is to highlight the idea that no matter how much time passes, or how we grow, we're still connected to our roots," Smejkal said. “So the idea that we should be unapologetically ourselves.”
Last week, MSU announced the installation of free menstrual product dispensers across campus. Behind the scenes, the initiative was introduced by a student organization: Mission Menstruation.
During committee meetings, representatives can bring bills to their respective committees as well as act as a secondary to other representative’s bills. For a bill to go to the general assembly meeting it must be approved by majority of the forum.
Campus is 5,200 acres, though most students and faculty use less than half that space in their daily routine. There are 60 miles of roads, 120 miles of pedestrian walkways, 20 miles of bike lanes and 26,000 parking spaces. And each day, there are approximately 70,000 people and 30,000 vehicles trying to get from point A to point B.
Preparation for the MSU dining halls goes beyond creating a menu months in advance, it's also essential to meet the demands of a wide range of students.
Licensed psychologist and CAPS Director Mark Patishnock said students tend to feel overwhelmed this time of year, reporting significant levels of stress, anxiety, depression and isolation.
“It’s a space where you’re not graded, not prepared, and to just be yourself,” CAPS psychologist Yvonne Connelly said. “That is the beauty of it. We have a specific topic, but we touch on it and it depends on the groups needs. We also have lunch to talk and literally take the mask off to eat. We also use expressive art in terms of vision boards and yoga.”
MSU blamed the cut on COVID-19, but Beekman says facilities costs were fatal to swim and dive in 2019, despite donors’ best efforts.
After Woodruff's presentation, two attorneys from Student Legal Services shared about the services they offer. Their priority is helping students on campus with legal needs completely free of cost. Their services also as educate students about their own legal issues so they have the skills needed to handle situations on their own.
MSU's 2022 Know More Survey showed a decrease in sexual harassment and assault among undergraduate men and women since 2019. The survey's new system for gender identity information shows significant differences in the experiences of transgender and nonbinary community members.
Under the agreement, MSU will pay $10,000 to each of the eleven swimmers named in the case and $640,000 of their attorneys’ fees. This $750,000 cost is on top of the amount the university has spent on its legal defense in the case.
Over 100 buildings on campus have received new complimentary menstrual product dispenser in an initiative proposed by Mission Menstruation X MSU.