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What we're supposed to do

April 20, 2016 - 3:37pm
We had just come back from touring the clinic in a tiny Zambian village where very sick children were fighting for every breath. We had walked through the crowded town market where clouds of flies buzzed around the produce and fish. The roads were dusty and rugged. The sun was hot and unforgiving. As I sat down to talk with the doctor, she paused to look up on the roof of her small, dingy clinic to look for the boomslangs (a large venomous snake) that she said hung out there. She then proceeded to tell me about the cobras in her yard and worst of all, the children in the clinic who never make it. I asked her why she did what she did. Why on earth had she chosen this place to do her work instead of some clean, modern hospital in the United States? Why wasn't she taking care of colds and flu instead of malaria, malnutrition and epilepsy in the middle of nowhere? She was a bit taken aback, smiled and said, "Because this is what I'm supposed to do." Yep. That seems to be the Spartan way. This is what I'm supposed to do. Every single day all across the globe, you'll find other Spartans saying exactly the same thing. With little thought to their own comfort or the status quo, they're giving up the easy way and taking the hard road. They sacrifice plenty and ask little in return. They work tirelessly to help and to heal. They build and they fix. They teach and they learn. They never stop trying to repair wrongs and find new rights. They are Spartans and this is what they're supposed to do.
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Sean Morris: Small country, big impact

April 20, 2016 - 1:55pm
For some of us, it was our first trip to Guatemala. I was among eight MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students who took part in a service elective. Our experience was organized in conjunction with DOCARE, an international osteopathic medical service organization.
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Football holds draft to select Green-White roster

April 20, 2016 - 11:47am
Spring game set for Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
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Daniel Goldowitz appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor

April 20, 2016 - 11:34am
Daniel Goldowitz, an internationally recognized expert in brain development and brain disorders, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at MSU.
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Grassroots tactics could improve global environmental policies

April 20, 2016 - 10:10am
Much of the world may cringe as lemurs are hunted and killed or when entire forests are burnt and harvested for charcoal. However, if local residents don't perceive the actions as crimes or they believe there's a low risk of getting caught, then poaching and deforestation will continue.
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The impact of art on our lives

April 19, 2016 - 6:37pm
Michelle Word, director of education at the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum discusses the importance of community, arts education and continued private support to the museum's mission and future.
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Using data to explore poetic sound

April 19, 2016 - 2:53pm
Hoping to bridge data science and the humanities, MSU researcher Sean Pue will use a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the role of sound in modern South Asian poetry.
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Joe Cox named hockey team captain for 2016-17

April 19, 2016 - 10:33am
Cox will be the 71st team captain in MSU history.
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Chris Williams named assistant wrestling coach

April 19, 2016 - 10:29am
Former Spartan All-American and assistant coach most recently was the head coach at Adrian College.
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Spartans host annual awards program

April 19, 2016 - 10:27am
The Michigan State hockey program hosted its annual awards program on Monday, April 18 at the University Club in East Lansing.
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No. 23 baseball hosts Notre Dame and Western Michigan

April 19, 2016 - 10:24am
MSU begins a six-game homestand this week on Tuesday.
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Michigan's tourism industry continues strong performance

April 18, 2016 - 2:30pm
Michigan's tourism industry thrived in 2015 and is expected to remain strong through 2016, according to two Michigan State University researchers who presented their annual report today at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism in Lansing.
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Hortos named interim senior associate dean in College of Osteopathic Medicine

April 18, 2016 - 12:15pm
Kari A. Hortos has been named the interim senior associate dean for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Spartan women's tennis tames Hawkeyes, 5-2

April 18, 2016 - 12:08pm
Michigan State women's tennis closed out its Big Ten road trip with a 5-2 victory at Iowa.
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Sarah Burnham finishes runner-up at Lady Buckeye Invitational

April 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
Spartans take fourth place as a team.
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What's really at the root of Islamophobia and #BlackLivesMatter?

April 18, 2016 - 11:42am
Many people assume Osama bin Laden killed Americans on Sept. 11 because most Americans are non-Muslim, but his primary motivation was actually a warped eye-for-an-eye worldview. That's according to Mohammad Khalil, director of MSU's Muslim Studies Program and associate professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Letters, who taught a new class this semester, "Islam, Radicalism and Islamophobia."
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Flint fallout: Snyder's popularity plummets

April 18, 2016 - 10:58am
Gov. Rick Snyder's approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state's biggest problem, according to MSU's latest State of the State Survey.
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14 students, alumni named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

April 18, 2016 - 10:53am
Fourteen National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows from MSU have been selected for 2016 and an additional 20 received honorable mention.
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New Tower Guard members continue commitment to serving persons with disabilities

April 18, 2016 - 10:38am
Seventy-four students were chosen from the top 5 percent of the MSU freshman class to carry on the tradition of assisting MSU employees and students with disabilities through their involvement with Tower Guard, a sophomore honorary and service society.
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Burt heads to Texas for NCAA Championships

April 15, 2016 - 10:51am
MSU senior Lisa Burt has advanced to the 2016 National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships.
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