From 2011 to 2015, Branden Dawson was one of the key players for the Michigan State University men’s basketball team. A native of Gary, Indiana, Dawson came from little, but he was blessed with the ability to play basketball. He is MSU’s career blocks leader with 142, fifth in career starts, sixth in career steals and seventh in career rebounds. Dawson is also one of just three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks, joining Draymond Green and Adreian Payne. Dawson took some time to answer questions about his basketball journey, his motivation and his future goals.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s sad how Michigan State knew about the sexual misconduct of Larry Nassar but didn’t do anything, said David Mittleman, attorney who represents 37 victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison, three counts of 20 years each, for child pornography. He has seven counts against him and is waiting for trail to hear his sentencing for the other counts that he has not been charged for. Nassar sexually assaulted and abused members of the Michigan State University gymnastics team and members of the USA Olympic gymnastics team.
Plymouth, Mich.- On Sept. 19, 2016, Michigan State University freshman Mitchel Kiefer was killed in a car accident on I-96. Kiefer went home for the weekend and was driving back on Monday morning for class when a distracted driver rear-ended him, which caused his car to cross the median and a truck crashed into his car. Fast forward to a little over a year now and Kiefer’s family are trying to end distracted driving and help his legacy live on. “We thought that if we could raise money and also spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving that would be a much better way to honor Mitchel’s memory,” Steve Kiefer, Mitchel’s dad, said.
One way they are honoring Kiefer’s memory is by naming an ice rink in his name.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — During Halloween in 2016, Sharon Thomas, a human biology major at University of Michigan, was walking through the neighborhood of Cedar Village around 8 p.m. when a man called her from across the street. “He said, ‘Hey, baby, you look fine,’ then he ran over to me from across the road,” said Thomas. “I didn’t really register what he was doing at the moment.”
Thomas said the man ran up to her and grabbed her waist while complimenting her. She pushed him away physically, but she couldn’t get him out of her mind.
After The New York Times published a stunning article saying Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually abusing various Hollywood actresses and models throughout his career, the discussion of sexual assault has surfaced to the front page news. The article stated that Weinstein, popular for movies like Django Unchained and Gangs of New York reached many settlements with women who accused him of sexual abuse. Actress Ashley Judd came out criticizing the producer saying he sexually assaulted her when she was a young, eager actress trying to break into the business. Judd is not the only actress that has come forward. Since then, actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and 54 others have come forward with stories about Weinstein’s abuse. Alyssa Milano, popular for her role on King of Queens and Saved By The Bell posted on Twitter “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
EAST LANSING, Mich.- It’s only six weeks into the fall semester at Michigan State University, but students are already looking into housing options for next year. Freshmen who just arrived on campus have settled into things and are making new friends. However, they now have to decide where they want to live for next year, who they want to live with and it has to be done fast. If not, all the houses and apartments will be leased. “It is a little bit of pressure to have to choose so early in the year when you don’t know what you’re going to take next year and who your friends are going to be,” MSU freshman Sarah Presley said.
Presley wants to live with someone who doesn’t attend MSU, her friend goes to community college back home but will transfer next year.
The Spartan Sports Report is back as Michael Epps breaks down the Spartans upset victory over the University of Michigan. Later on in the show there’s an update on men’s hockey who’s season is about to kickoff, then to wrap things up we have an inside look at the men’s club rowing team.
“As of today, July 18 2017, MSU has offered 45,634 students a total amount of over $892,029,502 in financial aid for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018,” stated Michigan State University’s Office of Financial Aid website. What about the summer of 2018? A question various students have had when coming up financially short when enrolling in summer courses. It is a problem education senior Shanelle Napoleon has dealt with this current summer being a full-time student at MSU. “My experiences with FA [Financial Aid] vary!