Michigan State University

Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

MI enviro praises MSU coal elimination plan

Michigan State University says it will eliminate coal as a fuel source by the end of 2016
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.  

In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.

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11:52 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Swimming, from One Country to the Next | Current Sports | WKAR

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brown (MSU Junior Swimmer)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lizzie Brown, from Ashburton, New Zealand, wasn’t ready to give up swimming upon graduating high school. But taking time off from academics wasn’t ideal for her either.

Lachie McLeish, from Sydney, Australia, wanted the best of both worlds, working towards a college degree while remaining a competitive swimmer.

In the end, both swimmers found a way to do just that, but it wasn’t in their home countries. International college athletes are drawn to travel to the U.S. for college, for the education and athletic opportunities alike.

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10:38 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Ferguson’s Plan Turning Everett Hoops Around | Current Sports | WKAR

Desmond Ferguson coaching from the sidelines during a Lansing Everett Boy's basketball game.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING -- Everett Coach Desmond Ferguson never had the goal of coaching high school basketball. He said any high school coaching job in the nation could have been offered to him, and he would have said no.

After being a basketball standout at Everett and the University of Detroit, Ferguson spent 11 years playing professional basketball, including a stint with the Portland Trailblazers . Ferguson also became a businessman in 2002, when he founded Moneyball sportswear.

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8:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

MSU Athlete Kelsey Kuipers Answers the Call | Current Sports | WKAR

Kelsey Kuipers (far left) slaps fives with MSU women's basketball teammates.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – For the typical college senior, the last few months of school are haunted with one concern: get a job. Usually, this time is dedicated to gaining experience before graduation.

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3:41 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

MSU Men's Tennis Tops Toledo and Detroit | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU freshman Jasper Koenen in action against Detroit.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team had their first home dual met of the season Saturday, and came away with a pair of 7-0 victories over Toledo and Detroit Mercy at the MSU Tennis Center.

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3:33 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

VIDEO: Spartans Making "U-Turn" | Current Sports | WKAR

With three players earning double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team captured its first Big Ten win with a 63-56 win over Illinois Thursday at the Breslin Center. In the midst of such a rocky start to the conference season, the Spartan's are still staying positive. WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on how this team is planning a "U-Turn" as the season rolls on. 

Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

ELECTION 2014: former MSU Trustees lend perspective on this year's race

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at MSU.
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Voters in Michigan will elect members of the governing boards of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University on November 4th. At MSU, incumbent democrats George Perles and Faylene Owen are running to keep their seats for another eight years. Republicans have nominated Melanie Foster and Jeff Sakwa; Foster was on the board for ten years, but lost her bid for re-election two years ago, and Sakwa also ran unsuccessfully in 2012. There also are candidates from the Green, Libertarian, U.S. Taxpayers and Natural Law parties on the ballot.

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12:13 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Recent MSU grad tries out for LPGA

Yushira Budhram was a member of the Michigan State University Women's Golf 2013-2014 team. She is now preparing for the LPGA qualifying tournament that takes place in two weeks.
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Summer is the time of year when newly minted college graduates are pounding the pavement to grab that first job of their careers. One Michigan State University graduate is trampling a much softer surface: the fairway. 

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1:33 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

MSU LGBT director: $1 million bequest promotes acceptance now

Deanna Hurlbert, director of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center at Michigan State University.
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Last month it was announced that Michigan State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center had received an anonymous gift of $1 million. The gift has been called the Support Outreach Action and Respect Fund (SOAR). It’s the largest donation in the history of Michigan State University’s LGBT resource center.

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1:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy

Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor Hakan Yildiz.
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One of the biggest developments in world economies in recent years has been Supply Chain Management. Wikipedia defines “supply chain” as a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to costumer.

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1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficking

MSU professor Dr. Siddharth Chandra has devised a map that tracks cocaine trafficking across U.S. cities. Red circles indicate cities where cocaine is least expensive. These are often hub cities from which cocaine is distributed. Blue circles show destination cities where cocaine is most expensive.
Credit Siddharth Chandra

Last month, a federal judge sentenced a 90 year old Indiana man to three years in prison for his role in transporting more than 1,200 kilograms of cocaine into Michigan. The man’s age spurred new attention to an old problem.  Illegal drug trafficking is an ongoing epidemic across the United States. Now, a Michigan State University professor has created a new way to track the flow of cocaine into the country.

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1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

Credit Flickr-Janet Sharp

It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees?

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12:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report

Shari Murgittroyd says it's clear that national advocates and the White House care about the needs of campus sexual assault victims.
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“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page report released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list.

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11:28 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MSU leader reflects on growth of international students

MSU's Beaumont Tower.
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The process of moving to another country for studies is daunting. There’s paperwork to be filed, cultural adjustments and lots of questions. At MSU, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) helps international students navigate school in the U.S. For over a decade Peter Briggs has served as the Director of OISS. Briggs is retiring this fall.

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1:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to play a key role in addressing Michigan’s physician shortage, which is expected to rise to at least four to five thousand physicians by the year 2020.
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Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded Osteopathic Medical School in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.

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11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Are you born with the glass half full?

MSU psychology professor Jason Moser's new study found that there were big differences in brain activity between positive and negative thinkers.
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Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Mon March 31, 2014

MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis will be one of the speakers at Failure: Lab.
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Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry introduced listeners to Failure:Lab. The event asks presenters to share a story of failure with the world.

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Science & Technology
12:59 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

MSU breaks ground on historic FRIB project

Site preparation for the FRIB project.
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This is a big day at Michigan State University for one of the biggest projects in mid-Michigan. A host of dignitaries are formally breaking ground at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, commonly known as FRIB.

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12:53 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

MSU course enlivens students with the undead

MSU Professor Glen Stutsky's class looks at issues related to the economy, religion and psychology through the lens of the undead.
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Zombie themed courses are popping up at college campuses across the U.S. Topics like the economy, religion and psychology are being studied through the lens of the undead.

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12:22 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin to visit MSU

Dr. Temple Grandin
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Dr. Temple Grandin will be at MSU tomorrow. She’s noted for her research and writings on animal behavior, especially how to reduce stress on animals going to slaughter. She’s also autistic, and has gained visibility as an advocate who helps forward understanding of people on the autism spectrum. Her life story was portrayed in an HBO movie starring Claire Danes, which won seven Emmy awards and a golden Globe.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Looking back on 50 years at MSU

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Ron Flinn, the vice president for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at MSU, is retiring in December after more than 50 years on campus.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Remembering Mandela's connection to state, MSU

Shortly after he was released from prison, Nelson Mandela wore Detroit Pistons gear during a visit to Detroit.
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Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.  For the anti-apartheid leader, Michigan was a special place.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy approves next phase of MSU FRIB project

The U.S. Department of Energy last week approved the cost and schedule for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project.
Credit Courtesy of MSU FRIB project

Late last week, MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams received several critical approvals from U. S. Department of Energy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

World Dwarf Games return to their birthplace, attract hundreds of athletes

Len Sawisch, Dwarf Athletic Association Co-Founder and World Dwarf Games volunteer compares his shooting results with 10-year-old athlete Liam Smith.
WKAR/Emanuele Berry

For the past 20 years, dwarfs from around the world have gathered every four years to compete in the World Dwarf Games (WDG). This year the games are returning to their birthplace -- East Lansing. Beginning this weekend, short-statured children, adults and seniors will play basketball, run track and swim in the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spent some time with athletes getting ready for the games. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health

The 34th annual Agriculture Expo is the three-day outdoor farm show starting today at Michigan State University.
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The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is releasing the first-ever Michigan Agriculture & Food Index, or MAFI.  It's designed to gauge the business climate for agriculture and food business within the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Beaumont Tower carillon concert season begins

Ray McLellan plays the carillon atop MSU's Beaumont Tower each Tuesday. The MSU Carillon Summer Series begins this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and continues weekly through July 31.
Credit Kevin Lavery, WKAR

As summer gets into full swing,  the sound of Michigan State University’s iconic Beaumont Tower sound can be hear all over campus.  This week, the MSU Summer Carillon Series begins and continues each Wednesday in July.   Carilloneur Ray McLellan describes the unique instrument responsible for the tower’s signature sound.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

'Food for Thought' is newest addition to local food truck scene

The "Food for Thought" food truck debuted on MSU Campus on March 25.
Judi Smelser

In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:06 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

MSU addresses sustainability efforts, shift toward renewable energy

Currently under 2 percent of the MSU's energy portfolio is renewable.
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 In a plan adopted last year by its Board of Trustees, Michigan State University committed to an “energy future” comprised 100% of renewable energy sources.  This week, University President Lou Anna K. Simon updates the effort in her second annual energy roundtable, which will be a live webcast.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Research on bacteria could lead to paradigm shift in medicine

There’s been a thrust in research over the last several years concerning the bacteria that live on and inside the human body. The early findings have been astounding and seem to point to a paradigm shift in medicine.

The research could unveil new methods to treat all sorts of common diseases, including diabetes, asthma and even obesity. MSU microbiologist Robert Britton explains the enormous potential behind research into what’s called the human microbiome.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Lansing orchestra and Michigan State chorale play "Vespers of 1610"

Claudio Monteverdi composed the Vesper of 1610. His work marks a style transition from Renaissance to Baroque.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra joins MSU’s University Chorale for a performance of one of the first great “mega works” of classical music, Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” The performance is in downtown Lansing at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Rayl of the MSU College of Music about the concert. He’ll be conducting the orchestra and chorus Sunday.

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