During the week of the presidential inauguration, citizens from across the nation have made the trek to Washington, D.C., to see President-elect Barack Obama take the oath of office. Here are the stories of a few of those with MSU and Michigan ties.
For Mike Green, driving to Washington, D.C., to take part in the week’s inauguration activities was well worth the 10-plus hour car ride. That’s because Green, president of Lansing’s United Auto Workers Local 652, has more at stake than simply ushering in a new president this inauguration.
Members of the MSU Debate Team took a more active role in inauguration activities when they debated President-elect Barack Obama’s energy and environmental plans. The debate, held Monday morning at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, pitted MSU against Wake Forest University.
Former MSU Trustee Robert E. Weiss died overnight Jan. 7 after a heart attack. He was 69. Weiss, who served as a Trustee from 1989 to 2002, was “instrumental” in bringing a law school to MSU, according to a university press release.
Thousands of people at Cedar Fest dispersed by about 3:15 a.m. Sunday after police declared an unlawful protest and fired tear gas and other munitions into the crowd. East Lansing police Chief Tom Wibert said the decision to fire munitions was made after repeated loudspeaker commands urging the crowd to disperse were ignored.