Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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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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City council to address building height limits

The East Lansing City Council will discuss a revision of an ordinance that could change the maximum height allowed for city buildings at tonight’s work session. Height limits for buildings in the downtown are eight stories, or 14 with a city permit.

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Environmentalists criticize state

The Michigan Environmental Council released its second report Thursday criticizing the work of the state Department of Environmental Quality.The report, “Continuing Dereliction of Duty: How Michigan’s Environmental Agency Defies the Law and the Public,” was released by a coalition of 20 environmental agencies that say the department is not doing a good enough job protecting the environment.The 20-page report is the second released by the council.

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Rogers named majority deputy whip

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers R-Brighton, has been named the majority deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives.Rogers, who started his term in January, noted in written statement that it is rare for a freshman to be named to the leadership position.He will be responsible for representing the upper-Midwest and the freshman class among Republican leadership.Rogers also submitted testimony Wednesday to the House Budget Committee, urging consideration of his proposal for a federal tax-free college and technical education savings accounts.

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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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Date auction breeds cash, fun

As the price of one date with William Griffin mounted from $50 to $80 to $100, LaTorsha Hill repeatedly threw her hand in the air, bidding more and more money Friday evening at National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Spring Date Auction.

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U.S. representative joins list of governor hopefuls

U.S. Rep. David Bonior has added his name to the growing list of Democratic candidates likely to run for governor. Bonior, D-Mount Clemens, said Saturday he was “more than 90 percent sure” of a run while meeting with delegates from the Macomb County district he has represented since 1976. “After 10 years, the Republicans are short of ideas, they’re low on gas and, thank God, they are almost out of time,” Bonior told the Associated Press. Bonior said his potential gubernatorial campaign would focus on improvements to the environment and schools. The congressman’s name brings the list of potential Democratic candidates to five.

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Rainy weather causes flood conditions

Sparty needs more than a helmet and gown to protect him - he needs waders and an umbrella. After a period of unseasonably warm weather and rain, the largest freestanding ceramic statue in the world is battling a lake of rain and melted snow creeping up Red Cedar Road. Other areas surrounding campus aren’t faring much better.

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Senate approves amendment to change pay raises

With a 34-0 vote, the state Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would change the way Michigan lawmakers receive pay raises.With the amendment, lawmakers would have to approve pay raises or increases in expense allowances.

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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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Diverse music acts will make up National Folk Festival

The sound of music will be alive in East Lansing with fiddlers, whistlers and bongo and guitar players.MSU Museum and city officials have selected the first seven performing groups to be part of the grand finale for the National Folk Festival’s three-year run in the city.

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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.