Ugh. I avoided it for a long time. Then it hit me - the turtle flu. What's the turtle flu you ask? It's what a bunch of my colleagues call the crud that's going around the office, otherwise known as the common cold. It's not a real affliction by any means, just a nickname that stuck. Last year, when a colleague came down with a nasty cold, somehow she said something about liking turtles and somehow that morphed into catching her cold from a turtle, and that morphed into the turtle flu and it stuck. I blame the fact that most of us were on cold medicine at the time.
Whatever the case, the turtle flu came calling at my office again this year. First it hit one person, then three, and then six. It's like we're a kindergarten class all touching the same toys. Our toys just aren't as much fun and we don't get naptime. We're all careful. We wash our hands, we stay home when we're really feeling poorly, but somehow, there's no escaping it. The turtle flu is back with a vengeance. We're using up twice the Kleenex, our voices are an octave lower, sneezes echo in the halls and the smell of cough drops wafts through the air. Hey, at least we're in it together.
But I'm not complaining (well, not too much). The common cold, while never pleasant, usually leaves after a week or so and then I'll be back to feeling fine. It's a minor inconvenience, but certainly not a major health crisis.
In early fall of 2004, a bright student from one of my previous Lyman Briggs courses came to my office with a copy of the Intelligent Design Creationist textbook "Of Pandas and People."
The College of Arts and Letters Department of Romance and Classical Studies will premiere the documentary film "Hmong Memory at the Crossroads" at 4 p.m. Monday in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium, 219 S. Harrison Road.
I remember leaving Nigeria to begin my first year at Michigan State University. It was Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. I woke up wondering what lied ahead for me, imagining an exciting and challenging journey.
The MSU Board of Trustees appointed Wallace Jefferson, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, to the MSU College of Law Board of Trustees at its Dec. 18 meeting.
Understanding the people who are targets of cybercrime, the motives of the crooks and the technical components of the attacks will be the focus of an international conference at MSU that features well-known speakers from Arizona to England.
The MSU debate team finished in the top eight out of 124 teams competing in the Texas Open tournament this week.
Beneath a jet black lab coat is a researcher who is a Spartan in every sense. Jack Lipton embodies the spirit of relentlessly pursuing solutions to problems - neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's - which affect millions of people.
The MSU College of Human Medicine and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services are a new associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers, or NNDC.
Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at MSU, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
More than 30 volunteers from the MSU sports community joined Spartan Marching Band members, student group leaders and athletics department staff in distributing water and recycling bags in Flint.
Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to an MSU-led study that has important implications for police interrogation practices.
Aerial Powers scored 25 points and had a key steal and two free throws in the closing seconds, Tori Jankoska hit four free throws in the final 23 seconds and No. 17 Michigan State held off Iowa 74-69 on Sunday.
Senior guard Denzel Valentine was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week for the third time this season, announced the league office Monday.
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters graduate students Jennifer Gohlke, German studies, and Sophia Pavlos, philosophy, have been named Humanities Without Walls 2016 Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellows.
A commercial for Prius in which a team of bank robbers used the car to elude police earned the top grade in the Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations' list of best commercials aired during this year's Super Bowl.
MSU researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is aneffective solution to economic blight.
As part of its continued effort to improve police community relations, the MSU Police Department has formed an Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit, committed to proactively addressing police and community-related issues associated with bias.
The Feb. 2016 issue of the MSU Women's Resource Center newsletter, "Wisdom, Words & Women" has been published.
Michigan State University and Flint were both founded in 1855. So it's no surprise to learn that the university has been working closely with the city for more than 100 years.