Gyms in Okemos exercise right to open

Gyms take new measures

As Okemos residents and nearby college students dive into school and work, they are able to nurture their physical and mental health with workouts outside of their homes. Powerhouse Gym Okemos employee Katie Boncore said the gym is taking a multitude of precautions to remain COVID-safe. “The gym is currently enforcing the six feet social distancing rules with every other cardio machine turned off, markers on the floor and all machines distanced,” Boncore said. There are sanitation stations set up very frequently in the gym — these include hand sanitizers, buckets of wipes, spray bottles and towels. On top of that, Boncore said the gym is enforcing the governor’s mask mandate, along with the 25% capacity rules.

Spartan Sports Report: Women’s Soccer OT Win and Volleyball Weekend Sweep

On this episode of Spartan Sports Report, Ben Buzzell and Ian Gilmour go over Michigan State University Football’s shocking loss to Arizona State University and what it means moving forward for Mark Dantonio’s team. Also, Women’s Soccer started off the season on a hot streak as they faced Bowling Green in a game that went into extra time. MSU Women’s Field Hockey, being ranked for the first time since 2015, took on number 3 ranked UConn. To wrap things up, the Women’s volleyball team faced off against the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last game before their Western Michigan Tournament begins. Tune in to see the results of each game!

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.

Ernest Green, the homecoming Grand Marshall

MSU homecoming Grand Marshall, Ernest Green, sat in on a special screening of the documentary The Road to Little Rock. The documentary tells the courageous story of one visionary judge and nine determined teenagers who are now known as The Little Rock Nine. Ernest Green, who was one of the nine students that were a part of this historic movement and subject of the film, talked about his groundbreaking time at Michigan State. “Any student coming here should see this as a lifetime opportunity and its more than going to classes, it’s getting to know people and building relationships,” said Green.

The Art Lab is a collaborative, creative space for all

An art museum has made it’s way onto Grand River, but it’s not your typical one-stop shop. The Art Lab is a creative and collaborative art museum, where people can be involved hands-on or just visit the art pieces. Located directly across the Broad Art Museum, students and community members can join studio sessions to learn how to create things. “We are a space that has gallery, as well as studio space where you can engage in hands-on activities where you can make a little bit of your own art, we also have lots of social space, a store, we hope to see both visitors from the campus and the community.” Director of Education at Broad Art Museum, Michelle Word said.

Duke beats Michigan State in the Champions Classic

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.

Ohio State defeats Michigan State, claims top spot in division

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.

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.