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Love is...being a Spartan

MSU News - February 15, 2017 - 11:23am
Where's the weirdest place you've spent Valentine's Day? I'm guessing it would be tough to beat a heart-themed dinner for three in Bangladesh. But four years ago, that's exactly where I spent mine. I was on the road with colleagues working on a research story in Bangladesh. For us, it was just another day. For the city of Dhaka, it was the most romantic day of the year. We had come back to our hotel after working all day to tell an important MSU research story. We were tired. We were grubby. And man, we were hungry. Unfortunately, the entire hotel had gone Valentine's Day crazy. A balloon arch wavered over the metal detectors at the entrance. A cheesy soundtrack of love songs from the 70s and 80s whispered in the air - it consisted only of eight songs played on a loop. Decorations were everywhere. A heart carved out of ice, that I assume was supposed to be dyed red, was melting, making it look like it was bleeding. We just wanted a sandwich. But, all the food service had shut down, except the special Valentine's Day romantic dinner. With rumbling bellies and sheepish looks, we sauntered up and asked for a table - for three. The looks we got said that we were definitely being judged. Everything they served was in the shape of a heart. They gave us a special drink. In the end, with love being celebrated by couples all around us, the three of us hungrily ate our food and toasted our respective spouses back home.
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Bill Hart-Davidson: Don't read the comments

MSU News - February 15, 2017 - 9:43am
"Don't read the comments!" That bit of unfortunate advice has become all too common on the internet. It often comes in reaction to the way conversations in comment sections, on social media or in Internet forums can stray wildly off topic, veer toward bizarre conspiracy theories or even turn abusive.
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Micaela Procopio: Be a voice

MSU News - February 15, 2017 - 9:40am
The day I told my parents that I was applying for a student mission trip to go to Israel, I watched both of them try to hide the shock and surprise from their faces. Why on Earth would I want to go to a place with so much conflict? Didn't I know how unsafe it would be?
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Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?

MSU News - February 15, 2017 - 6:41am
MSU engineering researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric.
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Debate team to host National Debate Tournament qualifiers

MSU News - February 14, 2017 - 11:30am
The MSU debate team will host and participate in the National Debate Tournament District 5 Qualifier Friday and Saturday at Wells Hall.
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MSU to host VEX Robotics state tournament Feb. 19

MSU News - February 14, 2017 - 10:57am
Nearly 500 students will compete in the 2017 VEX Robotics State Championships set for Feb. 19 at MSU's Jenison Field House.
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Right at home in hospitality

MSU News - February 14, 2017 - 10:27am
Tom LaTour's first job as a dishwasher at MSU's Kellogg Center captured his full attention and steered him in the direction of hospitality business. Now a successful businessman, he's giving back to give MSU students more opportunities.
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Former longtime sports information director Nick Vista passes away

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 3:32pm
Former longtime MSU sports information director Nick Vista passed away on Sunday in Atlanta.
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MSU baseball honors Mulder at First Pitch Dinner

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 11:52am
MSU baseball hosted its 12th-annual First Pitch Dinner Feb. 12 at the Kellogg Center, drawing a crowd of nearly 600.
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MSU baseball honors Mulder at First Pitch Dinner Sunday

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 11:52am
MSU baseball hosted its 12th-annual First Pitch Dinner Feb. 12 at the Kellogg Center, drawing a crowd of nearly 600.
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MSU lecture to shine light on solar eclipse

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 11:06am
A full solar eclipse in August will be the topic of a talk by Shannon Schmoll, director MSU's Abrams Planetarium, on Feb. 16.
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Wharton Center collaboration brings awareness to human trafficking

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 9:45am
Wharton Center's new dance and theater piece, "Among the Darkest Shadows," is bringing the topic of human trafficking to center stage.
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Donahue to direct MSU's Institute of Water Research

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 9:28am
Darrell Donahue, chair of the biosystems and agricultural engineering department, has been named director of MSU's Institute of Water Research. His appointment is effective immediately.
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Senior named finalist for Hertz Foundation Fellowship

MSU News - February 13, 2017 - 9:15am
Rebecca Carlson, a Michigan State University Honors College senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named a finalist for the Hertz Foundation Fellowship.
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MSU to honor faculty and students with Excellence in Diversity Awards

MSU News - February 9, 2017 - 3:36pm
MSU faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated their efforts toward a more diverse and inclusive community will be honored at the 2017 All-University Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards Program Feb. 13.
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Past, present and future

MSU News - February 8, 2017 - 1:43pm
"It's across the street from the Biggby that used to be an Arby's and a bus station." And with those words I uttered last week, I had really, really dated myself. Not that my husband doesn't already know how old I am, but he definitely reminded me right after I said them. It was just one more in a long line of "used to be" directions I'm prone to giving. "Next to where El Azteco used to be." "On the street where Ryan lived in the house that used to be on stilts." "Where Melting Moments used to be." Yep. I've used them all. I like to think I inherited this trait from my dad who once told me to "Turn where the stand used to be where I got the best French fries when I was a kid." My dad grew up in Bay City, Michigan so when I (or my husband or daughter) give directions rooted in the past, we call them Bay City directions. I'm certain we're not the only family to use the past to direct our present and future. I personally think it's kind of charming. To me, these kinds of directions make all kinds of sense because I can still see them as they were. In the weird little recesses of my mind, the pictures are still there. I don't need a photo of my room in Campbell Hall to remember just what it looked like. I know exactly what the study carrel on the fourth floor of the Main Library looked like while I studied statistics. I can picture the smallest details of places I lived, worked, studied and visited. It's a lovely continuous photo gallery in my head.
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Amy Michael: Let's get trashed!

MSU News - February 8, 2017 - 12:45pm
Archaeologists care a lot about garbage. We can learn a great deal from looking through what people throw out, how much they throw out, and when they throw it out.
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Lisa Bright: The kitchen girls

MSU News - February 8, 2017 - 12:09pm
In my last blog I introduced the female employees working at the Saint's Rest boarding hall in 1866. These 33 women were paid an average of $2.00 - $2.50 a week for their work and were purchasing personal items through the university, charged against their monthly pay.
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Softball opens season at FAU Friday

MSU News - February 8, 2017 - 10:51am
MSU opens the 2017 season at the Florida Atlantic Kickoff Classic this weekend.
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Funding music's future

MSU News - February 7, 2017 - 4:08pm
Ron and Helen Priest's admiration for the College of Music - and their desire to get young people more interested in studying and enjoying classical music - led them to create the Ronald J. and Helen M. Priest Endowment in Support of Classical Music Performance in 2013.
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