Today on Current State: MSU's Fossil Free campaign; remembering Dr. Martin Luther King 45 years after his assassination; Izzo discusses the future of Adreian Payne and the MSU Opera Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic "A Little Night Music."
Environmentalists trying to get Michigan State University to curtail coal-generated power are announcing a new tactic today. The MSU Sierra Student Coalition is launching the MSU Fossil Free campaign. The effort is an attempt to get the university to divest millions of endowment dollars the coalition says are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Callie Bruley, an MSU student and a coordinator of MSU Beyond Coal, and Brad Van Guilder, who represents the Michigan Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal effort, discuss the MSU Fossil Free campaign.
On this date 45 years ago, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Junior was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. To the world, King was an icon of equality and justice. His family and friends, of course, saw something more. One of Dr. King’s closest friends was William G. Anderson. Anderson is an osteopathic surgeon with Michigan State University who practices in Detroit. In 1961, Anderson lived in Albany, Georgia, where he started what came to be known as the “Albany Movement,” one of the first successful organized protests of the era.
Ransom founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing in 1897. The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which produced the Oldsmobile brand for 96 years. Ransom Olds continued to produce cars, however, under the name REO Motor Car Company.
The R.E. Olds transportation museum houses a diverse collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004.
It also includes a wide array of auto and industrial history covering about a century, including a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signs and a working 1950s-era traffic signal.
Bill Adcock is the Executive Director of the RE Olds Transportation Museum. He recently joined WKAR’s Peter Whorf for a tour of the museum.
Tom Izzo held his season wrap-up press conference this week, and the question on many Spartan fans minds as they look forward to next season is who on the MSU roster will stay and who will enter the NBA draft, particularly Adreian Payne.
MSU Opera Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic "A Little Night Music," Friday-Sunday April 5-7. MSU Opera Theater director and Associate Professor of voice Melanie Helston speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf.