At around 7 p.m., the Michigan State University Union was evacuated after steam discharge from the building's upper areas became excessive. MSU Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said there was no fire, but rather an optical illusion caused by steam, leading many to believe that there was. Olsen said the issue has been resolved and the Union reopened.
At around 4 p.m. today, a fire was reported in the laundry room of West Wilson Hall, causing two fire trucks and cops to appear at the scene. The fire alarm went off and students were evacuated from the building. Associate director for communications for the Residence Education and Housing Services Bethany Balks said no injuries were reported, and that the fire was caused by an overloaded dryer.
The East Lansing Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred around 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 near Coolidge Road and Saginaw Street. Michigan State University Chief of Police Chris Rozman said a university alert was not sent out to students because police did not have credible information that the shooting unfolded near campus.
Yesterday, Michigan State University's menstrual equity and justice club Pad the Mitten held its first period package party of the semester. The organization's goal was to donate 100 period packages to the Salus Center, an LGBTQIA+ community center in Lansing. Club President Mackenzie Lovell said the main focus is to eradicate period poverty in the Greater East Lansing area, as well as reduce the stigma around menstrual cycles.
The summer of 2023 has been a whirlwind for popular culture and feminism, with Taylor Swift's Era's Tour causing a small earthquake, "Barbie" making pink waves in the film industry and Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour projected to become the highest-grossing tour of a female artist ever. For many Michigan State University students, all three have been integral in redefining feminism, beauty and sexuality.