Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Group protests U subcontractor

Several local members of the Michigan Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Union formed a picket line Thursday in front of the Human Ecology Building. The group, which also picketed Wednesday, is protesting low wages and poor working conditions for nonunion workers by an MSU subcontractor, J & S Plastering. “We will be out here until this is resolved, but I don’t see it getting resolved today,” said Greg Brisboy, a business agent and full-time representative for Local 16 of the Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Union in Lansing. Nonunion employees are currently earning an hourly wage of $12, Brisboy says, which is $10 lower than the wage earned by area union members.

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Institute director calls new job a perfect position

For Carol Weissert, being the director of the university’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research is an ideal situation.“It’s a perfect position because it pulls together people who are interested in public policy,” said Weissert, currently the director of MSU’s Program in Public Policy and Administration.

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Freshman council adopts service program

ASMSU’s Freshman Class Council wanted to do something different this year. Hence the reason members agreed to organize “Adopt-a-Child,” a new program established within ASMSU, the university’s undergraduate student government. “We started the year thinking of something to do that would be different from any other class,” said Sarah Kane, a council representative and a member of its community service committee. In the newly founded program, the council has sent letters to more than 60 local businesses asking for donations of money and toys to ensure a happy holiday for several underprivileged children in the East Lansing area. “We sent letters to anyone we thought would be interested,” Kane said. This is the first year ASMSU has attempted such a program, and one representative said he thinks it’s about time the student government do so. “I think ASMSU needs to do things for the community and give things back to the children,” said Quinn Wright, a College of Communication Arts and Sciences representative on the Student Assembly. Wright built a foundation of the idea from a similar program - which also carries the same name - he participated in during his senior year at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Mich. “It’s a great program, so I thought, ‘Why not?’” Wright said.

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U looking for a few good minority aides

The Office of Minority Student Affairs has begun its minority aide selection process for the 2001-2002 academic year. Murray Edwards, the university’s senior coordinator for Minority Student Affairs, said minority aides play a crucial role for minority students living in residence halls. “Minority aides are undergraduate racial or ethnic students that live in the residence hall and are there to assist students in their transition to MSU by being a resource person for those students,” Edwards said. Minority aides often assist with students’ problems, issues and concerns by referring them to the proper resources on campus, he said. Candidates for the job must participate in a three-part process.

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Trustees retain seats in close contest

Scott Romney and Dorothy Gonzales will continue their tenures as MSU trustees.With 99 percent of the precincts reported Wednesday, Democrat Gonzales led with 25 percent of the vote and Republican Romney had garnered 24 percent in the race for two seats.Former Lt.

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Mural adds color, life to hall

Agriculture Hall has a new gem welcoming people into its atrium.The atrium connects the part of Agriculture Hall built in 1909 to the new annex of the building, which was completed earlier this year.A mural, “ANR Past, Present and Future” hangs in the atrium.

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Caucus creates resource group

A new caucus group hopes to diminish feelings of isolation for black students living off campus.The MSU University Apartment Black Caucus Association was started after several students received an e-mail asking if anyone would be interested in starting a black caucus for university apartment residents.Kellie Howard, a psychology senior and Spartan Village resident, was one of the first to respond.Howard, the acting vice president for the newly formed caucus, said though university apartment residents founded the group, she hopes the caucus will become a resource for all black students living outside of the residence halls.“At least being in the dorms, you have the support of MAs, the RAs and the caucus,” Howard said.

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Debaters gain new members

Before the semester began, international relations junior Austin Carson didn’t know the slightest thing about the Greater Horn of Africa - much less whether the U.S.

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U looking for a few good minority aides

The Office of Minority Student Affairs has begun its minority aide selection process for the 2001-2002 academic year. Murray Edwards, the university’s senior coordinator for Minority Student Affairs, said minority aides play a crucial role for minority students living in residence halls. “Minority aides are undergraduate racial or ethnic students that live in the residence hall and are there to assist students in their transition to MSU by being a resource person for those students,” Edwards said. Minority aides often assist with students’ problems, issues and concerns by referring them to the proper resources on campus, he said. Candidates for the job must participate in a three-part process.

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U competes in blood drive

MSU kicks off a competition against Pennsylvania State University today in which the goal is to gain not points, but pints - of blood. The sixth annual MSU/Penn State Blood Donor Challenge begins at Gilchrist and Akers Halls at 1 p.m.

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Speech stresses research university teamwork

MSU President M. Peter McPherson on Monday told a crowded house of the Economic Club of Detroit - one of the major forums in the state for discussing public policy issues - that the state should look to its major research universities and hold them accountable for driving the economy.“The three university presidents have worked closely together in the Life Science Corridor,” McPherson told The State News.

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Law school holds trial competition

Robin Cole was accused of involuntary manslaughter this weekend.The judgment comes after he plowed his Chevrolet Suburban into George Vanderlay’s Saturn Coupe on his way home from the Realto Bar and Grill where he had just watched the Spartans beat the Florida Gators in the NCAA tournament.But this decision has a twist.Robin Cole doesn’t exist - well, he did.

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ASMSU, RHA give money to APASO, others

Student governments have recently allocated more than $4,000 to student groups. Among them: The ASMSU Student Assembly transferred $200 from its special projects account Thursday to its business office account.

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Sorority remembers U student with tournament

It’s been three years since psychology freshman Karen King was murdered while on winter break.And on Sunday, several fraternities, sororities and athletes came to campus to remember Saginaw’s King - and to play some soccer.The Chi Omega sorority sponsored the first annual Karen King Chi Omega Kick Off, with 17 fraternities participating.