“I felt really active and got angry one day, so I kind of started typing out this petition," Doctor of veterinary medicine third-year Nate Vandentop said.
"We have 51 incident reports currently being processed by our Dean of Students Office for possible violations of the community compact and Ingham County emergency orders," MSU Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said in an email.
“Safety is the most important thing, in the summer we were debating having it online or having it in-person, ultimately we made the call to have it online because that was the safest option,” student director Jay Gooden said. “If I have to sacrifice attendance a little to keep people safe, that’s what we have to do.”
"Reclaim MSU advocates for shared governance, in which students, faculty, and staff are involved in university decision making at the highest levels," ReclaimMSU said in a statement. "The GEO strike at the University of Michigan illustrates what happens when administrators make decisions alone, without shared governance and without fully engaging all stakeholders. This action also demonstrates the moral power and organizational strength of the GEO. We stand in solidarity with them and applaud their courage."
“I recognize the unfortunate impact on the Nisbet family but our decision is not about Mr. Nisbet’s family or even his contributions to educational, public or corporate life in Michigan," MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said. "Instead, it’s about acknowledging that the KKK has been involved in extreme racism and horrific violence towards Black Americans.”
“Students just need to know this is what’s happening right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said. “You are setting the stage for not returning to face-to-face learning, not having an enjoyable basketball season, all of these things that you can count on in your college experience are not going to happen.”
“The broad goals that I think would be areas that should receive keen focus are ... to support the retention and promote the success of members of underrepresented groups; to enhance the overall living, learning and working experience of members of the Spartan community; and to booster outreach engagement in economic development throughout the state of Michigan and beyond," Jabbar Bennett said.
Bennett currently works as the associate provost, inclusion and chief diversity officer at Northwestern university. Before that he was the associate dean, recruiting and professional development at Brown University’s graduate school.
“I think it's went well, I've done this in-person and there's obviously been less people joining, but I was surprised by the amount, I thought it'd be less,” Psi Upsilon member Matthew Hankey said.
“The chief diversity officer has to hold himself, herself or theyself to a standard where they are creating the same level of expectation as every other chief leader in the organization," Page said.
Director of Communications and Marketing for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Eileen Gianiodis said this decision comes as a result of business and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With MSU moving to remote learning for the fall, Gianiodis said they realized sales would only continue to decline.
Michigan State University is planning to create a stand-alone multicultural building. Though, this isn't the first time the university has went through this process.