Friday, October 15, 2021

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Campus unites for United Way charity

The university is lending a hand to United Way, pledging to raise $600,000 for the organization’s 2000 fund-raising campaign. Several different campus-oriented events have already been scheduled to help raise money. The campus-wide effort has benefited the charitable organization for several years, but this year brings about some changes. The leaders of the Capital Area United Way campaign are also leaders at MSU - President M.

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New license plates sport famous Spartan symbol

Soon there will be a little more green on cars driving around campus.Monday morning, Spartan faithful were able to begin purchasing MSU license plates, which feature the famous MSU block “S.”The plates were made for the secretary of state’s “Be True To Your School” promotion.

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Large career fair hits campus Wednesday

More than 180 companies will be on campus Wednesday for the largest career fair at MSU. Students of all majors can attend Career Gallery 2000, “Futures in Focus,” to seek internships, permanent positions or just more career information from a wide range of corporations.

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Fund-raiser has U walking 813 miles

Got running shoes? Residents and staff at Williams and Yakeley Halls better. They plan to walk the equivalent of 31 marathons during the 31 days of October in an effort to raise money for charity. The event, in its second year, was set up to raise funds for MSU Safe Place and the Susan G.

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Second speaker stirs excitement

Campus is buzzing with excitement about the second speaker in the McPherson Professorship coming to campus. MIT Professor Daniel Kleppner, who participated in the invention of the hydrogen laser, will be speaking at the Wharton Center on Wednesday about the impact of quantum physics. “It’s just whoa, big-time crazy stuff,” said Professor Douglas Luckie, who is one of two professors instructing the new Science Changing Society course, the class the professorship is part of.

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Race proves to be fun for all

Dan Lerner had one goal Sunday morning.“I tried not to get passed by anyone running with a baby jogger, even though that did happen,” the Lansing resident said jokingly, shortly after finishing the 15th annual Dinosaur Dash.The 5K race, sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union, is held each October and benefits educational programs and exhibits for the MSU Museum.So while Lerner didn’t accomplish his goal, he said he enjoyed supporting the fund-raiser.“It feels great to finish the race,” he said.

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ASMSU to sponsor state House debate

ASMSU, the university’s undergraduate student government, will sponsor the first open debate between state House hopefuls Bill Hollister and Gretchen Whitmer at the Kellogg Center tonight. Democrat Whitmer and Republican Hollister are vying for the 70th District state House seat currently occupied by Laura Baird, D-Okemos.

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Location plays crucial factor in job search

Money isn’t everything - to recent college graduates, at least.A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers on its Web site, www.jobweb.com, shows a large salary isn’t all that determines what jobs people accept.About 82 percent of the 1,146 people surveyed earlier this year said where the job is located geographically is important to them, while less than 8 percent said location wasn’t a factor at all.Mimi Collins, NACE director of information, said the results were not a surprise.

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DCL discusses controversial Proposal 1

The MSU-Detroit College of Law held a forum earlier this week to discuss Proposal 1 - which, if approved, would grant parents with children in faltering school districts vouchers to send their children to nonpublic schools. Voters will decide whether to support the state ballot proposal in November’s general election. Sponsored by the Law Review of DCL, the forum focused on the legal and constitutional ramifications of the proposal, specifically whether it would be a violation of the separation of church and state if the voucher was used to send a student to a religious private school. Dissenters insist the proposal is unconstitutional because it takes public tax dollars and invests them in private, and potentially religious, schools. The proposal would grant vouchers to parents with children attending school districts where graduation rates are less than two-thirds. “This is about exploring significant issues in education,” said Peter Koulik, co-chairperson of Wednesday’s voucher forum and note and comment editor for the Law Review. The Law Review is a student-edited academic publication dedicated to the advancement of discussion on timely legal issues. Richard D.

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Byrum visits U, addresses voter registration bill

Dianne Byrum’s weekly coffee hours aren’t what they used to be. But MSU’s representative in the state Senate has never been involved in one of the nation’s most heated congressional races either.Casual gatherings that used to draw only a handful of constituents now lure voters by the dozens - most who are looking to hear what Byrum, D-Onondaga, plans to do if she lands a job in Washington, D.C., come this November.On Thursday, a student-dominated group of about 40 and reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times gathered at the Union to hear why Byrum thinks she’s more qualified than her opponent, fellow state Sen.

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On-campus parking violators may face rise in fines

Those who choose to park illegally on campus might soon face heftier fines if the All-University Traffic Committee deems them necessary.The AUTC appointed three subcommittees on Thursday to deal with issues concerning parking, parking violations and pedestrian right of way.Each committee consists of faculty members, undergraduate students, graduate students, MSU officials and various other on-campus departments including Campus Park and Planning and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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U research plays part in better drug development

Aspirin’s been a staple item in backpacks, purses and medicine cabinets for years, and is said to reduce the risk of heart attacks and ease pain.But 15 years of research by MSU scientists has led to a better understanding of a crucial protein - prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase 1, or PGHS-1 - targeted by aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.Armed with understanding of how these drugs interact with PGHS-1, scientists may be able to develop drugs that better target specific diseases.The research, conducted by William Smith, chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Michael Garavito, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is detailed in the Sept.

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Forum to address sweatshops

Students for Economic Justice, a campus fair labor organization, will host a public forum Monday night focusing on sweatshops in Nicaraguan factories contracted by Kohl’s Department Store and Target Corp. The factories are currently under scrutiny by the National Labor Committee for firing workers who were attempting to organize unions. Charles Kernigahn, who has fought sweatshops worldwide and is the NLC’s executive director, will speak at the forum.

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Committee to review on-campus parking

The All-University Traffic Committee plans to hold a meeting today to discuss proposed on-campus parking and violation changes. Kay Rout, chairperson of the committee, said the changes could greatly affect students, faculty, staff, visitors and retirees. The committee is expected to discuss the cost of parking fines as well as several other issues, although no decisions are expected to be made. “We’re now asking for changes that are overdue,” said Rout, an American thought and language professor. The committee also could discuss a proposed campaign to promote pedestrian right-of-way and the introduction of a geographic information system - a computerized map that could be used to point out specific parking areas. Fred Poston, assistant vice president for finance and operations, will also be at the meeting to share his views on campus parking. The committee is made up of faculty members, undergraduate students, graduate students, officials and various other on-campus departments including Campus Park and Planning and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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Theater to curb crowding problems

More than 1,000 people were turned away from renowned Harvard Professor Stephen Jay Gould’s guest lecture earlier this month because the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre was filled to capacity. University officials say that won’t happen again. The second of five lectures for the McPherson Professorship lecture series has been moved from the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center to prevent overcrowding. Depending on the turnout, Daniel Kleppner’s speech Wednesday will either be held at the Pasant Theatre or the much larger Wharton Center Great Hall.