The Empire strikes out at the Lugnuts game

In a galaxy far, far away, the Lansing Lugnuts held one of their fan-favorite themed nights, Star Wars Night on June 16 where they hosted the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost, 7-1. While the Lugnuts lost, the force was with the audience as there were different Star Wars themed events and prizes. In-between field changes and timeouts, select fans were able to play fun mini-games like “Burger Dash”  and “Categories” to entertain the waiting audience. “Baseball games are always a blast to go to because they really make the effort to get the fans involved,” Taylor Konwinski said. “It’s why I always end up coming to more and more games.”

The biggest fan interaction came from the opportunity to take pictures with Darth Vader, stormtroopers and Jedi manhunter, Nico the Fett.

Spartan Marching Band searching for new members

While the athletes are iconic to the MSU sports world, there’s another group fans root for at every game and they’re looking for more to join. The Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass are searching for their next members. The marching band plays at the football games while brass plays at the other sporting events. There are between 70 and 80 spots available with the marching band this coming year from drum line to color guard to flag core. “Even if you’re on campus as a junior or senior, I would encourage you to come out and audition,” David Thornton, marching band director, said.

Spartans fans celebrate the first ever Izzo Legacy Walk

Thousands of Spartan fans gathered along with the Men’s Basketball team and coach Tom Izzo to participate in the first Izzo Legacy Run on Michigan State’s campus Saturday, April 13th. At the race, Coach Izzo wasn’t the only one celebrating a great cause. A huge Spartan basketball fan and firefighter for the Camden Police Department, Bob Bates has participated in different 5k’s and marathons all over the country. “It’s all about the veterans and emergency workers,” said Bates. Bates ended up taking home third place for his age group at the race, all while carrying an extra 45 pounds.

MSU senior gets a shot on the mound

Hard work and determination can make one’s wildest dreams come true. Just ask Danny Gieselman, a senior pitcher at MSU. Gieselman was on the club baseball team for three seasons. Injuries and the lack of an available roster spot on the Division-1 team were factors for why he had to wait so long. “Found out I had a torn labrum in my shoulder, which made it really hard for me to actually throw and get velocity on my fastball,” Gieselman said.

Judge rejects hunter’s claim of unconstitutional search

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service

LANSING – A federal judge has tossed out a suit accusing Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers of illegally arresting and prosecuting a hunter who admitted “shining” – using artificial light – for deer at a private Alpena County hunting camp. U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington found no grounds for Trent Sherman’s claims against the DNR, the officers and department officials. Sherman’s lawyer, Racine Miller of Southfield, said her client will take the case to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Ludington’s decision, a DNR pilot saw a vehicle shining along a two-track road at the Fleco Camp in Green Township late one night in October 2015. Two DNR officers on “shining patrol” responded and found Sherman and a second man there.

Watch Focal Point: A MSU Professor finds a new office, a MSU student graduates with his mother, and a MSU student starts her own business

On this special edition of Focal Point, we spotlight many cool things Spartans are doing around campus and beyond. Learn about the MSU professor who took his talents out of the classroom and onto a TV set. We introduce you to a group of MSU students who are making dreams come true as Disney princesses. The first annual Izzo Legacy Run/Walk leaps into action and an MSU baseball player achieves a lifelong goal. These stories and more on this edition of Focal Point.

Club at MSU teaches you how to quickstep

If you’re a student at Michigan State and a friend asks you to go dancing, we’re pretty sure it wouldn’t be at this location… but maybe it’s exactly the dance floor for a quickstep. It’s the ballroom dance team- a club here at MSU that meets Monday through Thursday, every week, 10 p.m. till midnight. “It’s a good way to wrap up a stressful day,” Taylor Kuminski, a student majoring in animal science, said. Think of it like ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ just after chemistry class.