When most students were frantically cramming for their exams the last week of Spring Semester, a dedicated group of activists and negotiators were fighting for what they believe was appropriate compensation from the university.
It wasn't professors or other faculty. It was teaching assistants.
As MSU senior track star Leah O'Connor rounded the corner and head into the homestretch of the 5,000 meter finals at the 2015 Big Ten Track and Field Championships on Sunday, the hometown crowd at Ralph Young Field in East Lansing, Michigan rose to its feet and roared.
They'd seen and heard a lot from her this weekend.
O'Connor won the race and crossed the finish line in a time of 16:03.98, and that was it.
She'd done it.
After day two, the MSU men's and women's track and field teams continue to impress at the 2015 Big Ten Track and Field Championships.
When it was all said and done, it was the sense of belonging which reeled devoted customers back in. The sense that despite hectic college life, there were friends willing to share the dark stumble home with each other after a night out.
And these friends were never more than a $2 coney dog away.