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Arthur Muneza: Sticking my neck out

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 10:41am
When my father first heard that I would be conducting my master's research in Tanzania, he was excited because he felt this would give me the opportunity to explain my research in "proper Kiswahili." Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, I was more used to a variation of Kiswahili, which borrows words from English and other dialects in Kenya. People in many regions of Tanzania speak a more pure Kiswahili. Thus, my time here in Ruaha has forced me to brush up on my language skills. After spending time with the staff at Ruaha Carnivore Project, I now know the Kiswahili common names of most species of animal in Ruaha and my Kiswahili vocabulary is improving greatly. This week, all of this progress was put to the test.
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Justice system chips away at women's rights

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 9:45am
Arrests of women increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, an MSU criminologist argues in a new paper.
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How to capture a squirrel

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 7:42am
A photographer captures a squirrel on the MSU campus. Photo by Derrick L. Turner
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A changing downtown and the fight against urban sprawl

State News Top Stories - June 23, 2015 - 6:27am

Gerald Scott graduated from MSU in 1980 and he still uses CDs instead of downloading music. On his day off of work, the now-Warren resident found himself in his old college town shopping around for CD’s and other things when he realized that Flat, Black & Circular as well as Curious Book Shop are the only stores left in downtown East Lansing from when he was in school.

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VIDEO: Summer Solstice Jazz Festival celebrates 19 years of music and art

State News Top Stories - June 22, 2015 - 10:26am

The 19th annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival on June 19-20 featured musicians from all over the world and provided pivotal experience to youth jazz players.

The festival was presented by the City of East Lansing, MSU College of Music and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts; with artistic direction from the director of Jazz Studies at MSU, Rodney Whitaker.

“My favorite part is really hearing everybody perform, that’s what this is all about,” said Whitaker.

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Lansing Roller Derby team aims to build community through sport

State News Top Stories - June 21, 2015 - 4:56pm

Lansing Mitten Mavens Roller Derby took an unexpected victory against the Bath City Roller Girls on Saturday night.

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Week in Review: June 19

State News Top Stories - June 19, 2015 - 3:19pm

Here are the most important stories from the week of June 19. 

The Board of Trustees raised tuition for upper and underclassmen for the sixth year in a row and banned smoking on campus effective August of 2016. 

For graduate students of most colleges, the tuition will increase 4 percent, or $26.75 per credit hour.

Another set of approvals included extending  the contracts for athletic director Mark Hollis, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant and men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos by a unanimous vote. 

In city news, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe, on  515 W.

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Track and field programs finish in top 15 in USTFCCCA standings

MSU News - June 19, 2015 - 9:10am
MSU men and women's track and field teams ended the season ranked in the top 15 in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Program of the Year Standings, as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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The plight of the pollinator

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 1:15pm
With bee populations in startling decline, the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, an effort spearheaded by Michigan State University, will work to solve many of the issues facing the state's pollinator populations.
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Generosity of local farmer creates national impact

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 9:16am
Harold and Edythe Marshall's gift of their 300-acre farm to MSU has been a major boon to understanding the ecology of new biofuel crops, producing research results with national impact by scientists at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station.
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MSU High 5: June 18, 2015

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 7:16am
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.
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VIDEO: GrandRiver Coffee Cafe closes its doors to student dismay

State News Top Stories - June 17, 2015 - 3:29pm

After hearing about the cafe closing, students spoke in appreciation of what GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has brought to them in the past few years.

For many students, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has been a favorite place to study and hangout with friends.

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Haters Gonna Hate

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 3:27pm
Guess what? Once again, I got nothing. This time I can't blame a cold office, a wasp sting, a sore knee or something in my eye. I might still be overworked and need a vacation. I actually might be able to blame the fact that my building is literally shaking right now while they do something with massive machinery outside my window. (That or they're filming the next Jurassic Park on campus.) The reason or blame doesn't really matter because the truth is I am absolutely scattered and unfocused. I've got a million things rambling around in my head, but can't seem to make any of them line up to make any sense. Yet, here I sit at my computer once again trying to turn my words into something readable. In true Spartan fashion, I refuse to give up! I'll eventually fill a page and hope people don't hate it. As the saying goes, "...you can't please all of the people all of the time." Ain't that the truth. And when people aren't pleased or question you, they usually have no problem letting you know. Speaking of that, quick shout out to some of my readers...I really do know that I have more than nothing and aren't truly bothered when I get writer's block. I also actually really do climb 99 steps to only a fourth floor - it's an old building with very high ceilings. And I'm not really all that upset when I can't find my keys - it was just a good way to illustrate what I was trying to say and I like the purse I have.
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Andrew Christlieb: Taking a large-scale step

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 2:41pm
Large data is coming up everywhere within science these days. The problem is, the data sets are growing in size faster than our computing technology is growing. Further, the use of computational modeling as a technique to investigate the world around us has become a critical third leg of science, after experimentation and analysis. As a result, computational science has developed into a discipline in its own right.
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Era of discovery begins with groundbreaking of new MSU research center

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 2:07pm
A new era of medical discovery began this morning, as ground was broken for the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.
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Kateri Salk: Little Fish Girl Grown Up

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 1:41pm
Growing up, my parents called me a fish. Given the choice, I would have spent more of my Minnesota summers in the water than out of it. The lakes I experienced as a child held so much wonder: the cool feel against my skin, the creatures that called that water home, and a distinct impression that these systems held secret meaning about the wider world.
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MSU golf center to be named in honor of Lasch family

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 1:35pm
Helping to ensure the future success of the MSU golf program, Richard W. "Rick" and Suzanne Lasch of East Lansing have made a $2 million gift that will be used for the construction of a new men's and women's golf center.
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MSU board adopts budget guidelines, sets tuition

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 1:14pm
MSU's Board of Trustees today adopted budget guidelines for the 2015-16 academic year that call for a tuition increase of 2.7 percent for in-state undergraduate students.
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MSU Board of Trustees approve increased tuition and smoking ban

State News Top Stories - June 17, 2015 - 12:30pm

The Trustees raised tuition by 2.7 percent for in-state lower division students, or roughly $12 per credit hour, and 2.7 percent for upper division students.

Though the Trustees lamented the tuition raise, with many blaming the declining state support for higher education.

“These always difficult decisions, balancing acts," President Lou Anna K.

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MSU osteopathic med student first to be selected for NIH scholar program

MSU News - June 17, 2015 - 10:22am
College of Osteopathic Medicine student Matthew Watson was selected to be a member of the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program.
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