Saturday, December 4, 2021

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Offender Web site may benefit students

Some university officials wonder: Are students concerned about receiving public information about sexual perpetrators at MSU? A small group of students and staff met last weekend to discuss whether students need to be better informed about the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, a Web site that lists the names of convicted sexual offenders in Michigan. The information is organized by ZIP code and includes an offenders’ address, physical description, date of birth and some data about the type of crime committed. Ann Bolger, director of Residence Life, said the university’s current policy is to make MSU staff members aware that the site can inform students.

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U lands portion of grant for African American studies

As MSU joins the ranks of universities that are paving the way in African American studies, the journey will now be made a little easier.The university is slated to share a $600,000 grant from the Ford Foundation - an organization committed to providing grants and loans to projects that advance human achievement - with four other universities that are part of the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies.The consortium consists of a group of research and teaching faculty at MSU, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.MSU will use its share of the grant to develop undergraduate- and graduate-level African American studies programs.“African American studies is a growing dynamic field of academic inquiry,” said Curtis Stokes, a James Madison College professor.Stokes is one of the project directors who will be overseeing the use of the grant.

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Council chooses speakers

With their undergraduate careers drawing to a close, MSU seniors Eric Stoddard and Ben Kronk figured they had been through it all.That is, until they were selected as the student speakers for their Dec.

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New Extension director looks to maintain growth

The MSU Extension will undergo a changing of the guard of sorts next semester when Margaret Bethel takes over as the acting director.Extension is the university’s statewide initiative that offers educational and informational resources to residents in dozens of Michigan communities.

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U celebrates Global Festival

The Union swelled with families, Girl Scout troops, community members and students Sunday, as they sampled a chunk of MSU’s cultural pie at Global Festival 2000.The event showcased information and traditions of 24 countries and three regional groups with performances, exhibits and hands-on activities in an attempt to represent MSU’s international population, which is nearly 2,800 students deep.“This event promotes international awareness,” said communication junior Valentina Halimin, a master of ceremonies for the festival’s performance section.

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Students offer holiday cheer and food to the hungry

It’s never too early to start spreading holiday cheer. At least, that’s the attitude at Shaw Hall.Members of the hall’s senate and black caucus along with Kahlil Wasson, the dorm’s community policing officer, are distributing food baskets and canned foods today to five campus families to make their Thanksgiving holiday brighter.“Feeding hungry people, especially around the holidays, is always important,” said Cheryl Allie, vice president of the senate and co-organizer of the can drive.

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DCL debates elections effects on courts

That the United States still doesn’t have a president-elect is not news. Little has changed in the past week.But what effects the new president - when elected - will have on the state and national courts remains to be seen.

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U unites for United Way campaign, exceeds expectations of $600,000

They asked for $600,000.They did $1,000 better.The MSU community raised more than it had planned to collect for the Capital Area United Way, officials announced Thursday morning. “It highlights the fact that we have a community here that is very supportive of efforts like the United Way,” said Angela Brown, director of University Housing.The two-month campaign came to a close Monday, and the university’s Community Charitable Campaign exceeded its goal with help from residence halls, student organizations, retirees and university staff members.The MSU campaign is one of several held in the Lansing area, and all are helping to fund nearly 70 service-providing agencies such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and MSU Safe Place.Marylee Davis, coordinator of the MSU campaign, said she was very pleased with student efforts.“I saw that students were

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Student leaves for conference in The Hague

MSU will be represented in the Netherlands this week as a student environmental group sends one of its own to take a stance on global warming.Liisa Bergmann, the co-coordinator of ECO, will leave today for the Convention on Climate Change - a United Nations conference in The Hague.“I will represent ECO members and MSU students in demanding that the U.S.

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Panel discusses election

Sherman Garnett always wondered what a group of James Madison alumni and students would think and discuss if they were brought together.The dean of James Madison College got his wish Thursday.A panel of current students and politically active alumni came together to discuss the recent election and campaigns.“I thought it would be useful for us to talk about this experience, especially since most of this is local at this point,” Garnett said.James Madison alumni panelists included Adam Wright, who is state Sen.

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Sports-law symposium links athletes, attorneys

Mike Peplowski, a former MSU and NBA basketball star, remembered being skeptical of agents and lawyers when he went professional.And while his experience was positive, he admits he’s heard his share of horror stories.Peplowski came to campus Tuesday along with Howard Soifer - an attorney who represents former Spartans and current NBA stars Mateen Cleaves and Steve Smith - in an attempt for students to learn more about the relationships between athletes, agents and attorneys.Their presence was part of the first annual Fall Symposium, which was sponsored by the Entertainment and Sports Law Society at the MSU-Detroit College of Law.

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Students pledge to be allies

PRISM, a residence hall caucus group for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered students living in South Complex, hopes to make allies of LBGT students more visible in residence halls. The group has initiated an Ally Sign campaign outside of cafeterias in South Complex halls.

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Harvard biology professor to speak in lecture series

Ruth Hubbard, a Harvard University professor emerita, will be visiting MSU on Thursday night. Hubbard, the first woman to be awarded a tenured biology professor position at the university, will be lecturing on “How the Genome Became the Book of Life.” The speech will be the third of five McPherson Professorship lectures - a series that MSUPresident M.