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It was late. It was dark - and I was working alone in the office. I left my suite to make a copy in another room. Suddenly, I heard distinct footsteps in the hallway and a door slammed. I assumed someone else was burning the midnight oil, but when I stepped into the hallway, no one was there. The previously open door to my suite was shut. With my heart pounding, I opened the door carefully - but no one was there either. I have no idea whose footsteps I heard or who shut my door, but, with a shiver up my spine, I hightailed it out of there.
If you haven't been there before, Olds Hall can be pretty creepy. There's even a room in the basement called the "bone room" because previous occupants may have stored specimens there a long time ago. A coworker of mine refuses to walk through one wing on the ground floor saying that he just gets the creeps every time he's been there. And there have been other times I've heard unexplained footsteps or noises. Ghosts? Spirits? The wind? Perhaps they're just the products of overactive imaginations.
Last week my office took a really cool tour given by Lynne Goldstein, the director of the Campus Archeology Program, and some of her students. Apparitions & Archaeology Haunted Campus Tour took us to sites around Beaumont Tower. We learned all sorts of neat things about MSU's history, archeology projects, things buried beneath us and even rumored campus hauntings. They're giving the tour for the public this Thursday beginning at Beaumont Tower at 7 p.m. - if you dare.
My field studies of urban America have been anchored in my birthplace, Detroit, Michigan. I am fortunate to have been part of research that is both transitional and transformational. Postindustrial Michigan includes Detroit and the great contributions that Southeastern Michigan has made over the last century. As an urban ethnographer, I have used meta-analysis to observe and participate in this social phenomenon.
Oct. 28, 2015
Patrick Vaughan is an Honors College senior majoring in mechanical engineering. Vaughan is the recipient of the Hymen and Miriam Stein Scholarship, which funds research by a student proposing a substantial, interesting and innovative senior thesis or project. The award funds the recipient's living and research expenses and provides a scholarship during his or her senior year.
MSU medical students will be the first from the United States to participate in a clinical experience that will allow them to step foot inside Cuba's hospitals, learn about the country's medical system, and put the experience toward their education.
Women are more likely than men to have a bachelor's degree and a white-collar job, yet continue to earn less than their male counterparts, finds a new study co-authored by an MSU sociologist.
The MSU Department of Theatre is hosting the 7th annual Haunted Auditorium Oct. 29-31. The student-run spooky spectacular is located in the university's Auditorium at the southeast corner of Farm Lane and Auditorium Road.
As the final seconds on the scoreboard at DeMartin Stadium expired, senior Spartan goalkeeper Gabrielle Gauruder ran out to hug teammate and fellow senior Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz in celebration of a much needed 3-1 win over Indiana on Sunday
After setting a school record with 416 yards of total offense and throwing for a career-high 398 yards in Michigan State's 52-26 win over Indiana, fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook has been named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Michigan State a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The grant supports USAID's work under Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative.
After back-to-back games on the road, No. 7/4 MSU (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) returns home to face Indiana (4-3, 0-3) on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
According to Erik Shapiro, MSU is like one giant Lego set.
Recent research by a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University entomologist, finds that recent evolutionary changes - in this case in a new species of fruit fly - have an almost domino effect on a number of species.
MSU received a $1.1 million grant from the NSF to research the effectiveness of Data Nuggets, a science education project co-designed by MSU scientists and teachers. Data Nuggets are educational activities that bring real scientific data into the classroom, giving students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence. MSU will collaborate in this research with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, a non-profit curriculum study committed to transforming science teaching and learning.
Some of the nation's top sports reporters, who just happen to be graduates of MSU, return to campus Friday for the annual Spartan Sports Journalism Classic.
Sometimes, unbelievable things happen. Sometimes, life really is stranger than fiction. Sometimes, you just shake your head and say, "What the heck just happened?" Maybe a chance meeting led to relationship. Perhaps a strange coincidence turned into something meaningful. Maybe a failure turned into a success. Or somehow your life took a new path because of an improbable occurrence. You never know what might happen - the key is to be ready for anything.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the unbelievable happened at last Saturday's football game. As the clocked ended, thousands of people were screaming in shocked jubilation and thousands more sat in stunned disbelief. In a final play that will forever be a part of MSU lore, somehow and against all but the slimmest odds, the Spartans emerged victorious. As my coworker said, if it were a "Friday Night Lights" episode, we'd all be saying it was preposterous. And yet, there it was - a completely incredible moment in true life.
There are those who have said the Spartans were given the game because of a Wolverine mistake. Let's think about that. Yes, a mistake was made - in coaching and on the field. But the Spartans had to be ready, willing and able to take an unbelievable occurrence and turn it into success. Without the will to find a way to win, a belief that it could happen, the boldness to try and the skill to execute it, we might have had a different ending. But those were Spartans on the field. Spartans never sit back and let life happen to them. Spartans never give up - on or off the field.
On Monday, November 2, 2015, Vence Bonham, Jr., a senior advisor at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health and an MSU alumnus, will discuss the science behind precision medicine and the federal recommendations around a new program called the Precision Medicine Initiative.
For me, the problems affecting our pollinators are personal. As a kid in Northern Wisconsin, I would help my dad in the bee yard, peering over his shoulder as he worked in the hive, bottling honey, or taking off on my bike to follow a swarm. When I left to pursue studies in environmental health sciences I kept beehives as a hobby, an escape from the stress of my doctoral research modeling the risks of diseases and chemicals on human health. My beekeeping hobby, however, was not always a relaxing escape.
I was raised in an active and sport-driven family. I have played football, softball, tennis, golf, lacrosse and basketball. From the time I was five years old until I graduated high school, I played basketball competitively. Whether it was for my high school or my AAU team, I wanted to be playing.
MSU researcher Joan Rose has been named an honorary citizen of Singapore for her significant contributions in developing a safe and sustainable water system in the island nation.
MSU's Product Center has launched 455 new businesses and expansions, resulting in $328 million in sales and the creation of 1,273 jobs in Michigan in just over a decade.