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John Engler has been interim president for less than a month, we take a look at how students think he’s handling his new position. Also, the ‘Bern’ is back. Plus, the Ski Club had to make a tough decision when it came to one of their annual traditions. In sports, we head over to Skandalaris Football Center for the football teams first spring practice.

We Will Not Be Ignored

On a morning where members of the MSU community they thought they would be a part of a conversation, they ended up in a crowd outside. Inside the Hannah Administration building, the Board of Trustees were making decisions that didn’t sit well with many. 

Lack of funding affects Michigan schools

Twenty-one-year-old Tim Ashley loves his job. “The job was fun, I like being at a job standing up walking a lot it’s better than being at a desk or a chair for eight hours,” he said.  

His mom, Nancy Ashley, never thought he’d be able to hold the job he has today. “Our son Tim Ashley was born in 1996 and he was diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome,” Ashley said. 

Noonan syndrome affects his cognitive and physical abilities. Nancy Ashley credits Tim’s success to the special education programs he receives attending high school, but a recent task force committee determined special education is underfunded by 700-million dollars.

Athletic Doping – Local MSU athletes say it’s not worth it

On Dec. 5, the International Olympics Committee ruled that Russia will be suspended from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games because of doping. The country had two scandals back in the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, and now they are paying the price for their previous actions. Doping is the act of illegally using drugs or other substances in order to enhance athletic performance. Performance enhancing drugs have long been a problem in sports and local athletes here at Michigan State say the cheat isn’t worth the risk.