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BAM! The ear-splitting sound echoed through the office. It was the day after Halloween and for a minute, I was terrified. Was that a gunshot? Did something explode? Did something fall from the sky onto the roof? Was the Olds Hall ghost angry? Was I hopped up on leftover candy and hearing things? Once it was determined that we weren't in danger, my coworkers and I emerged from our offices in confusion. What in the heck had happened?
We did a head count to make sure we were all accounted for. All that was missing was Layne, who returned shortly from the restroom wondering what had happened. We checked lights and circuit breakers. We sniffed for fire. We examined hidden areas. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. We were no longer afraid, but we were certainly stymied. A sound like that doesn't just come out of nowhere.
We called the people who handle electrical systems and other maintenance. They came out and searched as well. One guy even climbed up into the ceiling to check out pipes above our heads. Still...nothing. The only evidence we could find was a coating of dust on Layne's desk he swore hadn't been there. Since he just returned from China and was still a little jet-lagged, most of us thought he was imagining it.
The next time you visit the ComArtSci building, I hope you will find your way to the new media center on the first floor. You will be impressed by what you see - an open newsroom with glass walls joined symbolically and physically to a game design studio with a motion capture cube.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU presents an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series.
For the third summer in a row, Communication Arts and Sciences students traveled to India, home of the internationally known Bollywood industry, to participate in a production-based study abroad program.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a wide lead over businessman Donald Trump among likely Michigan voters, winning support from women, educated and non-white voters, a new MSU State of the State Survey shows.
MSU has four finalists for a pair of highly competitive graduate school scholarships - two for the Mitchell Scholarship and two for the Rhodes Scholarship.
When student journalists from MSU gather Nov. 8 to cover this year's election, it will mark a pair of firsts.
The Honors College will host its 23rd installment of Sharper Focus/Wider Lens with "Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City" at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the MSU Union Ballroom.
MSU's Michigan Political Leadership Program will host a postelection wrap-up discussion Nov. 11 at the East Lansing Marriott.
Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning.
A documentary on the remarkable life of Hubert Roberts, a Flint man who overcame prison time and a life-threatening illness to become a mentor to young men in his struggling hometown, will debut Friday in Flint.
With the Nov. 8 election fast approaching, MSU has a host of experts who can discuss election issues.
The brains of wild cats don't necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led by an MSU neuroscientist.
An MSU researcher is challenging a widely held African belief that a spinal tap, a procedure safely used to treat other diseases, could suck the brain from the base of the skull and cause death in malaria patients.
Using the largest computer in Japan - one of the most powerful in the world - research led by an MSU scientist has achieved breakthroughs in understanding how proteins are affected by realistic biological environments. The work is a significant step forward in simulating biology in a computer.
Research conducted at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU has shed new light on the structure of the nucleus, that tiny congregation of protons and neutrons found at the core of every atom.
The MSU Department of Theatre is hosting its eighth annual Haunted Auditorium Friday-Monday.
While MSU's newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe.
Every fall, the Sams family gathers at Spartan Stadium to watch their patriarch, Lt. Gen. Ronald Sams, don his faithful Spartan Marching Band jacket, dust off his trombone and march onto the field. It's the Alumni Band Reunion Saturday and Ron, his wife Diane and their children Robert and Laura - all alumni - never miss it.
Holy wow I work with some competitive people! I mentioned a few weeks ago I was planning a supersized campus scavenger hunt for my colleagues. Last Thursday, laughing in the face of the rain that threatened, teams of my coworkers went all out like they were competing for $1 million instead of some candy and a Starbucks gift card. Like true Spartans, they were smart, creative and bold. They worked together brilliantly and refused to give up - running back to Olds Hall red-faced and breathing heavily from their efforts.
They hunted for things, convinced strangers to help them, took photos, found hidden-away places and uncovered answers they were seeking. Their wills to succeed propelled them to keep going. In the end, one team had more points than the others (shoutout to Team Spar-Duck-Us) but I think everyone had plenty of wins along the way. Whether it was finding a hidden ribbon, tracking down the prostrate pigweed plant or locating the "Bird," sculpture, everyone had winning moments of discovery - and hopefully some fun.