College athletics are big business. From the growing facades of athletic venues to the expanding salaries of the coaches and staffs on the sidelines to the varying cost of tickets, concessions and merchandise along the concourse, athletic budgets have become as much as a topic for discussion as the teams and players that the program represents. For athletics director Mark Hollis and MSU’s athletics department, the discussion heated up this summer following a June 21 Board of Trustees meeting, where a 4.7 percent increase — a little more than $4 million — to the athletic budget was reported for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Multiple outlets, including The State News, reported the $4 million increase was expected to be allocated exclusively to the football program.
With an auspicious new job and the electric pulse of urban life tugging at his mind, Vic Maurer grabbed his criminal justice diploma in 2006, packed his bags on a Sunday and moved into his new place by Monday to work at a Chicago political consulting firm. Now the assistant director of clubs at the Northwestern Alumni Association and a former president of Chicago’s MSU Alumni Club, Maurer said graduates move for many reasons, but there’s a common thread. “Career opportunities are often the most frequently cited reason, but really, I think it comes down to a broader picture of opportunity,” Maurer said.
The No. 21 MSU women’s basketball team had no trouble putting away Detroit-Mercy on Wednesday night as the Spartans rolled to an 80-41 victory. The outstanding play of redshirt freshman Branndais Agee as well as a pair of double-digit runs were key in helping the Spartans (3-1 overall) secure the 39-point victory against the Titans (1-4). After Detroit-Mercy guard Senee Shearer hit a 3-pointer to briefly tie the game at 11, MSU started to pull away with 3-pointers by freshman Tori Jankoska, senior guard Klarissa Bell, Agee and sophomore guard Cara Miller on four of the next six possessions to give MSU a 23-13 point lead.