Dozens of people gather around a large TV, betting slips in hand, to watch the end of the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots football game in a sports book at a Las Vegas casino. Cam Newton sets Graham Gano and the Panthers up in field goal range with time about to expire. The score, 30-30. Everyone around the TV starts yelling. “I can make this in my sleep!” “You better not miss this!” “I knew I shouldn’t have bet this game.” And so on and so on.
Michigan State hosted Maryland on Nov. 18 in football. It was rainy and 45 degrees. Something that stood out to fans in Spartan Stadium was the student section or lack of one. This isn’t the first time the bleachers have seemed empty in the stadium’s southwest corner, which is reserved for student tickets.
For the 2017 football season, Michigan State University student tickets were $182 after fees and taxes, one of the highest student ticket costs in years past. But how does the university determine student ticket prices? “Typically 50 percent of the public rates for football,” said Paul Schager, executive associate athletic director at MSU. In other words, on average, students pay about half of what the general public price of $360 for season tickets. “I didn’t mind paying the price,” said Dalton Pecar, a senior at MSU.
The Michigan State University women’s basketball team holds annual tryouts for their male scout team. What exactly is the scout team and some of the perks? Spartan Newsroom talked with Jack Dales, a sophomore student at MSU, who is a member of the team.
Back in October, four high school football players at Lansing Catholic Central High School kneeled during the national anthem. The players say head football coach Jim Ahern benched Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah, Kabbash Richards and Roje Williams for their actions. But these students never thought taking a stance would end with a Skype from one of their idols. “I just got off a Skype with Colin Kaepernick, any negative comments that are thrown at me, literally, it couldn’t affect me,” Lynn III said. The video chat was on Dec.
Lansing, Mich.- Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah, Kabbash Richards and Roje Williams created controversy earlier this year when they took a knee during the national anthem at one of their Lansing Catholic football games. All four players received some kind of discipline from the school and were benched during the football game. The Lansing Catholic students did it to protest social injustice and it caught Colin Kaepernick’s attention. Last weekend, the boys skyped Kaepernick for 20 minutes and talked about their actions.
“He showed me to be courageous and to stand up for what I believe in,” Richards said.
Kaepernick came under scrutiny last year when he didn’t stand for the national anthem during an NFL game, a protest for what he says is police brutality against young African Americans. This caused a nation-wide protest, some saying it was blatant disrespect for the flag, but it also sparked a movement by others, including these four students.
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.
CHICAGO, Illinois – The No.1 ranked Duke Blue Devils defeated the No.2 Michigan State Spartans in the Champions Classic 88-81 on Tuesday night. Duke’s senior guard Grayson Allen led all scorers with 37 points and showed the nation he is not afraid of shining on the big stage. Spartans’ sophomore forward Miles Bridges, a preseason National Player of the year frontrunner, had 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Bridges scored 16 points in the second half. The Spartans were outrebounded 46-34 and gave up 25 offensive rebounds.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State moved the ball with ease against the twelfth-ranked Spartans en route to a 48-3 victory at the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes now sit alone in the Big Ten East with a conference record of 6-1 and control its own destiny, wins against Illinois and Michigan secures a spot in the Big Ten Championship game for the Buckeyes. It is the most lopsided loss in head coach Mark Dantonio’s 11 seasons, passing the Spartans’ 49-7 loss to Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. “Something happened to us today too, turnovers, not being able to run the ball, not being able to stop the run,” Dantonio said.
MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke completed 18 passes out of 36 attempts for 131 yards and two interceptions.
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.