The speculation is over. Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at commencement Friday, the White House announced today. Rumors have been swirling since early last month, when MSU officials and the White House confirmed Cheney had been invited to speak at graduation. That speculation intensified when university officials told The State News on April 16 that it would be the White House announcing MSUs graduation speaker. The vice presidents office waited until today to make the trip official because Cheneys schedule isnt typically announced for security reasons until 48 hours prior to his appearance at an event. He will be the fourth sitting vice president to speak at commencement, following Alben Barkley in 1950, Richard Nixon in 1957 and Hubert Humphrey in 1966. Cheney spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise said the vice president will pay tribute to graduating seniors in his speech. Hes going to talk about some of his experiences and what students at MSU can expect, Millerwise said.
Robert Urich, who earned his masters degree from MSU in 1970, died today after a battle with cancer. Urich, who was 55, was best known for his starring role on ABCs Spenser: For Hire. He also was a pivotal player on shows like Vega$ and Gavilan. The alumnus, who earned his masters in broadcast research and management from MSU, died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif., surrounded by family and friends, The Associated Press reported. For MSU, this is a very sad situation, said Gary Hoppenstand, an MSU American Thought and Language professor.
An MSU student was injured in a car accident today that shut down the stretch of West Circle Drive near the Main Library for the better part of two hours. The student was transported to Lansings Sparrow Hospital, where shes being treated for minor injuries, East Lansing fire officials said. The accident took place about 2 p.m., when the students car, a Ford Escort, collided with a Honda Accord near the entrance to the library.
BREAKING NEWS: Olympic officials award gold medal to Canadian figure skating duo; Russians keep their prize
Olympic officials have awarded the Canadian figure skating duo a gold medal, just days after the Russian team claimed top-prize in a heavily disputed decision. The International Skating Union suggested Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier be awarded a gold prize, and the decision was finalized Friday just hours before the case was slated to be heard by an international arbitration panel. Meanwhile, Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze will keep their gold medal - giving the event two winning teams. The French judge, who reportedly said she was pressured to cast her vote for the Russians, has been suspended.
MSU President M. Peter McPherson is scheduled to receive his standard raise for the upcoming year, the Board of Trustees Finance Committee chairman said. Trustee Don Nugent told The State News on Tuesday the board will likely extend a 3 percent raise which, like the presidents past increases, will be put into a deferred payment fund.