MSU volleyball star Lauren Swartz recently graduated with a 4.0 grade point average with an undergraduate degree in economics and a master’s in marketing research. She earned the President's Award, which is awarded to the graduating MSU student-athlete with the highest GPA.
The Michigan State ace was one of the top starting pitchers in the Big Ten this season, throwing for 80 strikeouts in 79.2 total innings pitched. Erla finished the season with five wins in 13 starts and had a 3.50 ERA.
The renovations will total $26.2 million focusing on improving all areas of the arena, which was originally built in 1974.
Former MSU football staffer Curtis Blackwell II sued former football Head Coach Mark Dantonio, former MSU President Lou Anna Simon and former MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis in claiming violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
Geoff Martzen followed Mel Tucker to MSU after spending all of 2019 to February 2020 as the Football Director of Player Personnel for the Buffaloes.
The award is given annually to student-athletes that maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher and received an invite for the national championship meet for their respective competition. Ling was named to the First-Team while Szara and Nitkiewicz were honorable mentions.
After joining MSU in Feb. 2020, Tucker and his staff were handcuffed by the pandemic. They could not hold practice with the team over the summer and could not host recruits after Tucker’s first two weeks in East Lansing because of the pandemic recruiting dead period instituted by the NCAA. This is Tucker’s first chance to leave his imprint on the program outside of just leadership.
"Our goal is to provide our student-athletes the tools for success — on the field of competition, inside the classroom and beyond MSU," Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Beekman said in the press release. "Name, image and likeness legislation will offer new opportunities for our student-athletes and EverGreen will prepare and position them for these changes.”
The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the NCAA in a historic antitrust case, NCAA vs Alston et al, that restricted the association’s powers to deny education-related perks for student-athletes.
“I finally decided I'm just going to retire and I'm going to devote my attention to expanding awareness of Michigan State's leading role in college football integration because it's basically an unknown story,” MSU alumnus Tom Shanahan said. “And not even the university understands the magnitude of what these Duffy Daugherty teams of the 1960s meant to Michigan State and all of college football.”
The Olympians also spoke about the impact of the decision to cut the program with the Olympics taking place this summer. Green pointed out that the Olympics, especially Swimming, is revered by Americans and can inspire people to reach that level of competition.
The swim & dive program has produced 20 Olympians across the board from swimmers, divers, coaches and trainers since its creation.