Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at MSU.
As part of an initiative led by First Lady Sue Snyder to find new strategies to fight campus sexual assault, MSU is receiving $12,000 to create a bystander intervention network in the campus community, focusing on employees at East Lansing bars and restaurants and taxi cab drivers.
"It's me. I'm in the worst pain I've ever felt and am walking by myself to the ER." Yeah, that is not what any parent wants to hear at 1 a.m. from their kid who is 700 miles away. Yet, that's exactly the call I got a couple of weeks ago. I felt completely helpless. My child was far away, alone, scared and in pain.
During the next few hours, we were on the phone with her on and off while she was examined and waited for a diagnosis. Once they admitted her, it was an easy decision to hop on a plane. The only thing keeping me from completely breaking down was the fact that she was in a hospital under the watchful care of medical professionals.
It turns out she recovered quickly and was fine. No surgery needed and no major illness. But she still spent two days in the hospital, which is never fun. Hospitals are hectic, noisy, busy places. It was the first time my daughter had ever spent the night in one. The following morning she said to me, "Everyone has been incredibly nice and caring, but they are constantly busy. I could never be a nurse - I don't know how they manage to take care of so many people at once. They deserve a special place in heaven."
Reading comics was something Sarah Newman only did as a child until her husband Richard (Rick) Mark Newman reintroduced her to them as an adult. Rick, an physician and a neuroscientist like his wife, relied on comic books during the eight years he lived with ALS. "He couldn't do anything but read," Sarah said. "He was totally paralyzed, but he could move his eyes."
After a bye week, No. 6/6 MSU returns to action to face the Cornhuskers on the road at 7 p.m. EDT Nov. 7 in Memorial Stadium.
As part of its continued efforts to prevent, address and respond to sexual misconduct in the campus community, MSU has hired the first director of its Office of Institutional Equity as well as a new Title IX and American With Disabilities Act coordinator.
A nursing home is a place where your senior and elderly parents, grandparents and other loved ones should feel safe. Yet sadly, abuse and neglect cases in senior care facilities are rising at an alarming rate.
Years ago when I was a teenager, I dreamed of being on television. My friend and I reenacted "Saturday Night Live" skits after school. We wrote our lines, rolled our hair in bendy rollers and performed "live" to my parents.
The Spartan Marching Band endures heavy rainfall during the MSU-Indiana football game on Oct. 24, 2015. Founded in 1870 as a 10-member student group, the 300-member SMB has since grown into one of the premier bands in the United States. Photo by Jordan Jennings
Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for Michigan State University professor and economist Siddharth Chandra, it just meant taking a look at the history books.
More than 500 scholars and educators will be at MSU this week for the 37th annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, North American chapter.
A team of researchers, led by Gaute Hagen of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and includes two MSU nuclear physicists - Morten Hjorth-Jensen and Witold Nazarewicz - has uncovered some of the mysteries of the nucleus of the atom.
In an unprecedented collaboration between athletics, music and art, the Spartan Marching Band will perform its most complex, largest halftime show on Nov. 14 during the Michigan State University vs. Maryland football game.
Stealthy diseases sometimes trick plants by hijacking their defense signaling system, which issues an alarm that diverts plant resources for the wrong attack and allows the enemy pathogens to easily overrun plants.
Junior Alexis Wiersma and sophomore Clark Ruiz earned All-Big Ten accolades to lead MSU's cross country program to a pair of top-five team finishes. The No. 21-ranked women's team finished third, as the No. 19 men were fifth.
A major facilities upgrade - focused on improving the visitor experience - and the construction of an MSU Basketball Hall of History are on tap for the Breslin Student Events Center.
The MSU Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Board Room of the Hannah Administration Building.
One national championship and seven Final Fours in 17 seasons would be considered "great" by any human measure. Make that superhuman. However, for the 2015-16 MSU basketball team, "great" won't be good enough
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.