Spartan Sports Report: MSU upsets U-M, hockey and men’s rowing

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.

March Madness descends on Lansing; fans rejoice

By: Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-Drink specials, ruined brackets, and bets. It must be March Madness. With Michigan State’s men’s basketball team now in the Final Four, Lansing residents debate whether to embrace the bar scene or stay in the comfort of their own home while cheering on the M Spartans. Lansing bars Tavern and Tap and Troppo will be selling their draft beer for $3 on game nights in hopes that basketball fans will come to experience the atmosphere they have to offer. “A lot of people definitely go to the bars to be a part of the excitement.

Spartan Profile: Kyler Elsworth

Earned never given 

Every so often, there are student-athletes who come through a program and although not expected to make an impact, become key pieces to a team’s success. Kyler Elsworth is that type of player for the Michigan State Spartans football team. Elsworth, now in his senior season, has made crucial plays during his tenure here on both defense and special teams.  He has key sacks, tackles for loss, and punt blocks that big time players make.  But it has to be mentioned; Elsworth was once a walk-on. Elsworth, who was featured in last weeks media guide, walked on to the team in the summer of 2009. “Everyone asks why I chose football over wrestling,” said Elsworth, who was a high school All-American wrestler, sporting several D1 scholarship offers to wrestle including one to Michigan State.

How to Stay out of Default Paying Back Student Loans

The massive expenses behind higher education in America have been a hot button issue for many years. Every year, thousands of students graduate with thousands of dollars of student loan debt to their name. It may seem like an unbearable vicious cycle to most, but Michigan State University’s Office of Financial Aid stresses that there are options available that will keep students from going into default. Reaching default haunts credit scores for years, affecting what purchases a person can make. Graduates today are using plans that tie loan payments to income. These income-based programs are built to make loan repayment manageable and make life easier for those who struggle to find a job, although the Financial Aid staff does warn about interest collecting when you miss payments.

Nike Gives Gifts in Exchange for Exercise

Nike celebrated the Spartans’ 3rd place standing in its March Madness Fuel Points Competition Friday night at the Breslin Center. The competition kept track of students’ activity through various Nike Fuel equipment.  The students would then upload their activity to Nike’s website to gain Fuel Points for their own schools. Nike sent two trainers and a box full of goodies to East Lansing for their efforts.  The trainers led a 40 minute workout session.

Midnight Madness Kicks off Basketball Season

We might be in the midst of football season, but for one night at least, it was all about Spartan basketball. And fans, students and alumni poured into the Breslin to see what surprises were in store for this year’s Midnight Madness

From the band, to the cheerleaders, and of course, there was Sparty. There was no denying the energy and excitement building up to the team and Coach Tom Izzo’s big entrance. And boy, what an entrance it was. “Oh it was awesome,” said Mackenzie Sims, an MSU junior.

Student Launches Company Out Of Local Incubator

MSU senior Mike Garavaglia didn’t want to waste any time before starting his own business. While still a student, he works with a manufacturer, leases office space downtown, and conducts business between classes. “It’s almost a misconception where people think it’s really difficult to start a business,” he said. “Like it’s a gorilla-in-the-room scary process that’s gonna eat your kids and you’ll never be seen again if you try.” As a tenant of the Hatch, a small business incubator in the heart of downtown East Lansing, Garavaglia has access to workspace, networking, and other resources to help foster entrepreneurial success.