Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Olin offers chance to drive drunk

Imagine getting in the driver’s seat after three beers - and driving into oncoming traffic.Smart Drive’s new “Remediation and Education Program for Driving Under the Influence” gives drivers that chance - virtually.

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Art class shares in project

D’Ann de Simone’s painting class took an opportunity to weave its way into the community - literally. Members of the class, Studio Art 420, Painting, are just a few of many East Lansing residents who have participated in producing a room-sized tapestry project under the direction of local artist Nancy McRay. The students met Monday in The Art Apartment, 210 Abbott Road, where their contributions were added to numerous materials and objects from community members already woven into the tapestry. McRay said the community’s involvement with the project so far has been overwhelming. “I have this huge sense of responsibility for what’s been given to me,” McRay said.

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Stay in school activists inform and motivate U

The Office of Minority Student Affairs was out in full force to keep students from dropping out of school at Saturday’s Racial Ethnic Student Retention Conference: Overcoming F.E.A.R.Students gained tips and learned real expectations for college at the 11th annual conference, titled “False Expectations Appearing Real,” at the Union.“I don’t see sisters beating down the doors of brothers who are dropping out of school left and right,” said Lenzy Bell, while speaking to more than 100 students.

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ASMSU, yearbook reach agreement

While sitting in a quiet, empty Red Cedar Log office late Thursday night, Editor-in-Chief Rianne Jones said she was able to breathe her first sigh of relief in weeks.Jones’ tension was due to a power struggle with ASMSU over the yearbook’s operation, which, after about a month of controversy, reached a compromise Thursday.The ASMSU Student Assembly approved three intricate parts of the bill that established the settlement while two other sections of the measure failed.

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Professors research effects of deforestation

A team of MSU researchers has been working on a project that could hold the fate of the Amazon rain forests in the balance.Mark Cochrane, a research scientist in the Department of Geography, has spent years in Brazil researching an extensive report titled, “The Future of the Brazilian Amazon.”“The whole point (of our research) is to allow the policy developers and the Brazilian government to make an informed decision,” Cochrane said.

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U researchers investigate corn spacing, create adaptive equipment

MSU crop and soil science professors are researching what may be the wave of the future for growing corn.Kurt Thelen, professor of crop and soil sciences, has been researching the effects of growing corn in narrow 15-inch rows in comparison to the traditional 30-inch rows that many farmers around the country employ.The study began in 1997.“Historically it’s always been the planting implements that spaced rows of corn,” Thelen said.

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Minority speaker series to host civil rights activists

Four theologians who experienced the American Civil Rights Movement firsthand will bring their stories and perspectives to MSU for Black History Month, which starts Thursday. The speakers will come to campus as part of the Visiting Minority Lecture Series titled “Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey.” The series is presented by MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a joint effort by the university and the state of Michigan to increase MSU’s minority faculty pool without hiring lecturers full-time. “This allows us to tap our resources nationwide to bring speakers to campus and make them more accessible to students and faculty,” said Sandy Kilbourn, the college’s executive director for external programs. Kicking off the series will be the Rev.

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HealthTeam values new leader

Margaret Knapp said she is excited about the possibilities her new position with the MSU HealthTeam will offer.Knapp was appointed as the chief operating officer of the MSU HealthTeam in October, and she said she is hoping to move it forward.“This is a dynamic environment with extreme potential,” Knapp said.The team provides medical care to students and the public and includes the MSU College of Human Medicine, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, the MSU College of Nursing, Olin Health Center and clinical offices throughout the Lansing area.Before coming to MSU, Knapp spent 20 years in the U.S.

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Grant aids study of tourism

Tropical vacations of the future may take on a new meaning for tourists.MSU Professor of Anthropology Laurie Medina plans to study a new trend in travel - but she’s not headed to the popular Cancun or Jamaica mainstays.She recently received a $74,940 grant, which she’ll use on an 8-month excursion to Belize where she’ll study “eco-tourism.”The concept defines a type of adventure travel emphasizing tourists’ social responsibility when visiting parts of the developing world.“It’s a fairly new idea over the last decade,” Medina said.

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Evening College offers unique classes, less stress

Students and community members looking for enrichment will find offerings this spring at MSU’s Evening College, which opened registration Wednesday.The Evening College, a division of the MSU Alumni Association, aims to provide continuing education for adults, but gives students an opportunity at evening and weekend activities.“I believe in lifelong education for adults,” said Louise Cooley, director of the Evening College.Cooley said most participants are looking to continue their education in a leisurely, low-stress environment.

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Senior to study in Ireland

Kathleen Romig will be getting a little overseas culture next year. Romig, a social relations senior, will spend next year studying in Ireland as part of the George J.

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Office gets new director

After 21 years, Career Services & Placement has an opening for a new director. Stepping in while the search is on to fill Vernicka Tyson’s place as interim director is Phil Gardner. “I am excited about this,” Gardner said.

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LBGT hosts information gala

A purple cow will be found on the fourth floor of the Union this weekend - but most people won’t consider it a strange occurrence. The Alliance of Lesbian-Bi-Gay and Transgendered Students will host its Purple Cow Soiree Sunday starting at 5 p.m.