In 2015, Michigan State students made a dubstep remix of the distinctive Farm Lane crosswalk speaker voice. Farm Lane and Auditorium Road being one of the busiest intersections on campus, the remix spread, and nearly every Michigan State student and alumni understood the joke. But now, the joke is a memory; the voice that tells students when to walk changed.
The MSU Facilities Twitter account announced the change, causing a slight uproar by students both current and past.
“It’s just sad just to lose that little thing that just everyone remembers,” said MSU student Mark Bruey.
University Traffic Engineer Stephanie O’Donnell did not expect this type of reaction. She said there wasn’t any malicious intent behind changing the voice and that all of the crosswalk speakers on campus had changed. The people who made the decision to change the voice simply weren’t in on the joke.