Spartan Marching Band searching for new members

While the athletes are iconic to the MSU sports world, there’s another group fans root for at every game and they’re looking for more to join. The Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass are searching for their next members. The marching band plays at the football games while brass plays at the other sporting events. There are between 70 and 80 spots available with the marching band this coming year from drum line to color guard to flag core. “Even if you’re on campus as a junior or senior, I would encourage you to come out and audition,” David Thornton, marching band director, said.

MSU seniors get ready to graduate

After years of classes, long hours at the library and cramming for exams, it’s finally arrived… graduation. This week marks the end of the spring semester which means graduation is right around the corner. Students are preparing for the big day by buying their cap and gown as well as the colored tassel to match their college. They can also be spotted throughout the campus taking pictures in their ceremony outfit at the historic locations that Michigan State is known for.

Arbor Day grows on campus

Michigan State’s campus is known for its trees… over 25,000 of them. A red autumn maple tree was planted this afternoon in the Brody neighborhood to celebrate the 147th Arbor Day. MSU is recognized for the second consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA Institution. Spectators received a free tree to plant themselves and to motivate them to learn about Arbor Day.

Proposal to ban conversion therapy in Michigan

A new proposal is making it’s way through the Capitol this week that aims to make Michigan a more accepting place. Two Democrats, State Senator Mallory McMurrow and State Representative Yousef Rabhi, have proposed a ban on conversion therapy in the state. Conversion therapy is the process of trying to convert homosexual or bisexual people to heterosexual. The bill wants to prevent mental health professionals from using this type of therapy on minors. “I think it would be affirming in saying that you don’t need to change this identify, this isn’t something you need to fix rather this is a real and legitimate identity,” Nick Royal, MSU LBGT Resource Center coordinator, said.

MSU professor takes bugs to national television

For those who are fans of the Oxygen Network, an MSU professor is the channel’s newest star. Dr. Eric Benbow, a forensic entomologist at Michigan State University, was called upon to work on the Oxygen series “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice.” The episode centers around Todd Geib, a 22-year-old who was found in a lake north of Grand Rapids. The autopsy concluded it was death by drowning, but bugs found on the body said otherwise. That’s where Dr. Benbow comes in.

New tax system affects tax preparers

In January of 2018, the Trump administration new tax system went into affect. It changed the amount of taxes people pay throughout the year by changing the tax bracket people fall into. With taxes due April 15th here in Michigan, tax preparer Milton Price, owner of MJP Tax Services, has a lot of returns to finish up. And he’s not too fond of the new tax system. “A lot more paperwork… I’m going through more paper than I did before,” he said.

Sexual misconduct survey hopes to understand campus culture

With hopes to better the future of the university when it comes to sexual misconduct, the Michigan State community is being called upon for help. On Tuesday, a survey was released to students, faculty and staff called “Know More @ MSU.” It’s mission is to get a better understanding of how the community feels about the campus culture and universities sexual misconduct policies. The MSU Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup created the optional, confidential survey after different groups wanted more information on where things stand on campus. The seven part survey asks participants to answer “yes” or “no,” how aware they are of programs and if they agree or disagree on topics from relationship violence to how they feel being at MSU to their opinion on university leaders.

In modern America, women still aren’t required to register for the draft

Since 1940, men have been required to register in the selective service. For women, it’s different. Back in 2016, the Senate approved a bill that would require women to register for the draft if they turned 18 on or after January 1st, 2018. The final version of that bill, signed by President Obama, did not include that amendment. Captain Stephen Yaffe is the executive officer at the Lansing Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and said women play an important role in the military.

MSU College of Education remains best in the nation

In a new report from the U.S. News and World Report magazine, five Michigan State University graduates programs placed top in the nation. The College of Education is holding onto their title for its 25 consecutive year in elementary and secondary education. “We think very carefully about the facility that we hire and then we provide support for them while they’re here so that they do terrific work and same thing for the graduate students that we recruit,” Robert Floden, the College of Education dean, said. The other programs ranking number one were supply chain management, rehabilitation processing, and curriculum and instruction programs.

 

Small town man, big time award

Growing up in Potterville, Michigan, 26-year-old Sam Davis had big dreams.

After graduating from Potterville High School in 2011 and then going to Grand Valley State University for a year, Davis headed west where he attended University of Southern California. Not long after graduation, Davis and his girlfriend, Rayka Zehtabchi, got involved with a project of students making difference in Hapur, India. That project led to a film focusing on women in India making and selling sanitary products to fight the stigma menstruation has in India. That film, led to an Oscar. “And the Oscar goes to ‘Period.