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Different is good

October 18, 2017 - 12:36pm
They sit just outside my office. They come from small towns without stoplights, the largest city in the state and places in-between. One even calls Canada home. They're majoring in advertising, media and information, journalism, political science, and sustainable parks, recreation and tourism. They're from different backgrounds and races. Their ages vary and they're at different stages of their college careers. They're extroverts and introverts. They have different likes, dislikes, goals and experiences. They're part of different organizations and religions. Yet, it's not their differences that they focus on or even notice, but the fact that they are all Spartans that unites them. They're also united by the fact that they are all student interns in our office this semester. Oh yeah, and every single one of them is pretty amazing. They're smart, dedicated, creative, responsible and tireless. They carry heavy class loads, work multiple jobs, are always willing to pitch in and aren't afraid to try something new. And while each one is unique, it's those differences that make them stronger as a team - just like the entire Spartan Nation. Our individual strengths are impressive, but collectively we have the power to make an incredible change for good. I love listening to them throughout the day. They don't even realize they're learning about the world as they learn about each other. I've heard them discussing home, family, classes, other opportunities, studying abroad, motivation, stocks and bonds, tattoos, positive attitudes and what's appropriate to wear to a Catholic wedding. They were strangers when they started, but the mere fact that they're all Spartans gave them a built-in kinship.
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MSU Abrams Planetarium grant to fund meteorite display

October 18, 2017 - 11:31am
MSU's Abrams Planetarium will use a grant of nearly $100,000 to build an interactive display in its lobby.
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Death by a thousand cuts? Not for small populations

October 18, 2017 - 8:01am
We've all heard Darwin's theory described as favoring the fittest, but new research from Michigan State University shows that, at least in small populations, it's ok to not be the best.
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Ross Chowles: Minds Wide Open in pictures

October 17, 2017 - 5:51pm
I started to write something about my experience at Minds Wide Open and it struck me that words would not suffice to explain the week. Instead, I did it in pictures.
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MSU stepping up police presence, security at campus events

October 17, 2017 - 3:57pm
In light of concerns both nationally and internationally, MSU Police are stepping up security efforts for campus events, including a no-bag policy for all events at indoor athletic facilities, effective with Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center on Oct. 20.
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Facebook Live with Tyler Oakley

October 17, 2017 - 3:26pm
In case you haven't heard, Tyler Oakley, 2011 graduate of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is back to give some love to his fellow Spartans as he is the 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshal. Oakley will be Facebook Live streaming at 12 p.m., Oct. 19, with some of the folks on MSU's social media team.
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MSU athletic training graduate saves lives in Houston

October 17, 2017 - 1:01pm
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, MSU alumnus Luke Klawiter displayed courage and generosity, risking everything to help those around him in need.
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2017 Izzone Campout

October 17, 2017 - 11:54am
With nearly 1,000 tents, the 2017 Izzone Campout was a record-setting event.
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MSU bridge features student's artwork

October 17, 2017 - 11:20am
Gavin Kata, a senior majoring in interior design at MSU, was chosen by the Public Art on Campus Committee, or PAOCC, to have his artwork featured on the bridge between Spartan Stadium and the Main Library.
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Spartans look to Jam Jenison Wednesday vs. Michigan

October 17, 2017 - 10:52am
MSU volleyball has a split week of action ahead, hosting Michigan on Wednesday for the annual Jam Jenison event before a trip to College Park to take on Maryland on Saturday.
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No. 21 Spartans use ground game to beat Gophers, 30-27

October 16, 2017 - 10:36am
MSU didn't let the thrill of beating Michigan last week deter the momentum. Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff weren't even worried about a letdown at Minnesota. Confidence is high, and so is the ambition.
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Spartan soccer tops Michigan

October 16, 2017 - 10:11am
On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon, MSU women's soccer battled to defeat Michigan, 2-1, at DeMartin Stadium. Junior forward Lexy Warner and senior forward Kristelle Yewah netted goals in the win.
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MSU engineering professor receives award from U.S. Air Force

October 13, 2017 - 3:44pm
Peng Zhang, an assistant professor at Michigan State University's College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Young Investigator Program Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
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MSU teams with German auto firm to address cybersecurity in autonomous vehicles

October 13, 2017 - 3:18pm
As the automotive industry adopts more autonomous features, the potential for cybersecurity threats in vehicles and between vehicles is on the rise. ZF, a German auto parts maker, has turned to the MSU College of Engineering with the goal of developing new methods for easing these future threats.
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MSU Music presents an evening of spectacular, ringing brass

October 13, 2017 - 11:16am
The MSU College of Music will present the Beaumont Brass Quintet and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. As part of the Artist-Faculty Series, the quintets will perform Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre of MSU Auditorium.
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Liz Schondelmayer: Finding meaning in Homecoming

October 13, 2017 - 10:55am
Well, it's Homecoming season again - a time for huge tailgates, get-togethers, non-stop talk about football, and dedicated fans yelling at television screens. If you love football, this is your time to shine. Your moment. But for the rest of us, homecoming week can seem a little overwhelming and maybe even a little obnoxious. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but can definitely leave some Spartans feeling a little left out or at least wondering how Homecoming week can be special to them. I'm one of those Spartans.
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MSU's Steven Lund chosen as new head of U.S. Particle Accelerator School

October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
Professor Steven Lund of MSU has been named the new director of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. His four-year renewable term begins on Dec. 1. He will succeed Professor William Barletta of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has been director since 2006.
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MSU students selected for Department of Energy graduate student research program

October 12, 2017 - 12:14pm
Two MSU graduate students, Crispin Contreras-Martinez and Roy Ready, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for its 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.
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New era of Spartan Hockey begins Friday

October 12, 2017 - 12:08pm
The new era in Michigan State hockey, which started last April with the hiring of Coach Danton Cole, continues this weekend with the opening two games for the new-look Spartans.
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Rain postpones Spartan Baseball Green-White Series

October 12, 2017 - 11:51am
Michigan State baseball will conclude its fall practice slate with the annual Green-White World Series. The three-game intrasquad exhibition series will now take place at McLane Stadium on Oct. 12, Oct. 13 and Oct. 15.
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