This is in response to TJ Dickinson (Alcohol ban wont change U, SN 4/4) and Brian Selewski (Prohibition wont help improve U, SN 4/5), who each vehemently refuted Craig Gunns column Alcohol can cause many nasty side effects (SN 4/2). Without a doubt, both these students missed the actual point of Gunns column, which was that MSU does not need prohibition or drastic measures in order to control alcohol.
People who illegally park in spaces reserved for those with disabilities deserve to be subjected to higher fines and have their vehicles towed. The All University Traffic Committee released a report recently proposing an increase in the fine for parking in an accessible/handicap spot.
Craig Gunns column in favor of bringing back prohibition doesnt belong in any serious newspaper, and that includes The State News (Alcohol can cause many nasty side effects, SN 4/2). However, his whimsical ideas about an alcohol-free utopia have a place - next to the Harry Potter books.
I am writing this letter to express my disappointment over the current anti-union tactics of the MSU administration regarding the unionization effort of teaching assistants and graduate assistants. I have been a faculty member at MSU for 37 years and served as chair of the history department for four years.
As a MSU alumnus, with a law degree from the Detroit College of Law (while still based in Detroit), and as a union employee (UFCW Local 876 Legislative Director) with more than 20 years experience in labor relations, I feel compelled to write on the issue of graduate assistants voting on unionization this month. First, while a good dean at James Madison College of MSU while I was an undergraduate student there, MSUs Robert Banks certainly seemed paternalistic in his comments in a State News story on the upcoming vote (Graduate union seeks to collectively bargain, SN 3/26). Banks said MSU would monitor the election process - well dean, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission does that just fine.
Id like to comment on the official justifications of an undercover police officer investigating a student activist group last spring. One justification offered for this action was that group members participated in violent protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
This letter is in response to Alcohol can cause many nasty side effects (SN 4/2). In his column, Craig Gunn has described a utopian society, which by its nature and the laws of thermodynamics (order-producing systems produce disorder), is inherently flawed.
So far in my life Ive had two major disappointments. The first came when publishers rejected a pop-up book for children I had created called Watch your eyes! The second came this past weekend. Having spent a year out of MSU with my degree, I was hoping to see our Spartans win another NCAA Championship.
The universitys motivation to cut mens varsity sports to comply with Title IX is understandable, but it should look into other ways of encouraging gender diversity in athletics without having to cut programs.MSU Athletics Director Clarence Underwood announced in April 2000 that the mens gymnastics team would be cut as a varsity sport because of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.