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Speech a chance to show ‘vision’

MSU’s tradition of its president giving an annual State of the University Address is common among some other universities in the Big Ten.But while an annual event, many students show little interest in attending.Joyce Sandie, an elementary education senior, agrees such a speech is important to keep students informed of key issues on campus.Yet she has no intention of attending.“I wasn’t aware that he gave such a speech but I am going to listen to what he has to say,” Sandie said.

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Research studies insect immunity

For some MSU researchers, an analyzed bug in the hand is worth two in the bush.Professors Robert Hollingworth and Ke Dong are researching possible answers to the question of how insects become resistant to pesticides.Hollingworth, a professor of entomology, said he and Professor Dong are interested in the biochemistry and genetics of how populations of insects change and mutate in the field.“A population of insects starts off where a percentage are killed by insecticides, but by sheer chance, mutations allow some of them to become resistant to the insecticides,” Hollingworth said.

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U offers political fellowships

A new group of Michigan residents was chosen to get an up-close and personal look at politics. The Michigan Political Leadership Program announced that 24 Michigan residents will receive fully paid fellowships with the MSU-based program. “We are very excited to see how such a diverse group comes together,” said Shannon Horvath, the program’s director.

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Alumni visit inspires students, bridges gap

Three successful alumni retraced their paths from college to career while visiting campus last week.Jack Epps Jr., Juli Betwee and John Scott presented a panel discussion for students and faculty Friday morning as part of the second annual College of Arts and Letters Alumni Leaders Program.“The thing that impresses me is how inspiring the leaders are and how they related their experiences with students,” said Patrick McConeghy, associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters.Epps, who co-wrote several movie scripts, including “Top Gun” with the late MSU Professor Jim Cash, said he hoped to show students there are no limits to success.“It’s important to see people with experience so you can gauge where you want to go,” he said.

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ASMSU strives to alter tuition guarantee

After last year’s attempt to alter the MSU tuition guarantee, ASMSU plans on taking a different approach for changing the policy in 2001.ASMSU’s Academic Assembly unanimously passed a measure Tuesday suggesting a change to the guarantee.

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Bell pledges to be spokesman

In an effort to defeat the University of Michigan in a one-on-one competition, the MSU Senior Class Council has called on Charlie Bell to sink the game-winning shot.Bell, a senior guard on the men’s basketball team, agreed to become the official spokesman for the council’s annual Senior Class Giving Campaign this week.

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Writers to be honored

The names of four successful journalists have come a long way from the published page. Their names will be added to a list of 98 others who have been inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame since its inception in 1985.Former Detroit Free Press journalists Barbara Stanton and the late Bob Talbert will be inducted April 21, along with Ben Burns, formerly of The Detroit News and the late Charles Cain III of The Associated Press.Stephen Lacy, chairman of the Hall of Fame committee and director of MSU’s School of Journalism, said the committee had little difficulty selecting this year’s inductees.“Most nominees aren’t inducted the first time they’re nominated, but in this case, all four of these were in their first year,” he said.

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U plays games for charity

The second annual Bash on Cancer fund-raiser will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Brody Complex Multipurpose room. The fund-raiser will include activities such as sumo wrestling, bouncy boxing, human joust and dancing.

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DCL symposium to focus on World Trade Organization

Agriculture experts from around the world will converge at the Kellogg Center today and Friday to join MSU professors for the Journal of International Law’s 2001 Symposium. The symposium, “Uruguay and Beyond: The WTO, Agriculture and the Law,” is the first endeavor of its kind by the MSU-Detroit College of Law-based publication.

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Alliance receives grant to battle disease

MSU is part of an alliance that is getting a $20 million, five-year grant to fight the disease lymphatic filariasis from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The tropical disease, also known as elephantiasis, is carried by infected mosquitos and afflicts millions of people worldwide.Veterinary pathology Professor Charles Mackenzie is directing MSU’s involvement in the grant.“My role is very much to help countries get their programs running,” Mackenzie said.

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Librarian brings technology skills

Charles Ten Brink calls it his “dream job.”Ten Brink, currently the associate law librarian of the University of Chicago’s D’Angelo Law Library, has been named professor of law and director of library and technology services at MSU-Detroit College of Law.“I’m thrilled,” Ten Brink told The State News from his Chicago office.

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Program offers time with professors

David Hicks satisfied more than his appetite during a conversation in the cafeteria last semester. Hicks, a political science and pre-law freshman, and some of his classmates invited their professor for a free lunch while participating in the Hungry for Knowledge program. The program, sponsored by University Housing and Residence Life, provides an opportunity for students who live in residence halls and their instructors to meet for a free meal in any undergraduate campus cafeterias. Hicks said he saw the program as an alternative to attending office hours and an opportunity to form a relationship with his professor. “I think the object was just to get to know the guy, so we talked about our personal lives for the first hour,” he said.