Michigan State University

MSU Professor shares love of Kendo with students

Dec 7, 2015
Ron Fox

Thirty years ago, Ron Fox never saw himself as taking over a dying Kendo Club at Michigan State University. Fox studied at MSU and became interested in in the martial art of Kendo during his sophomore year.

Today, Fox is a Kendo world champion. And he is the leader and sensei of the MSU’s growing Kendo club - a decision that he calls one of the best he has ever made.

How he got into Kendo and how he became the leader for the club at Michigan State is a fascinating story that comes full circle.

MSU Faculty Recital Series
MSU College of Music

Sun. Dec. 6 at 7pm on 90.5FM | MSU Faculty Recital Series presents Handel's Messiah. Live from Wharton Center, hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf.

Cook Goes Down as Spartans Survive at Home

Nov 14, 2015
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WKAR

MSU Senior Quarterback Connor Cook was sidelined during the second half of the Maryland game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. Tyler O'Connor lead the offense, as the Spartans were able to escape with a 24 to 7 victory over the Terrapins, moving to 9-1 on the year. 

Michigan State Kendo Club a Unique Family

Nov 2, 2015
Darren Weiss / WKAR

Current Sports beat reporter Darren Weiss hilights the MSU Kendo Club, showing why it has been rapidly growing on campus. Spartan junior Alec Metta talks about the specifics of the sports, such as equipment and culture.

Current State talks with Dr. Clifton R. Wharton Jr. about his new book "Privilege and Prejudice" ahead of his World View Lecture Series at the Wharton Center on November 2.

MSU roller hockey produces teams and results

Oct 16, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Demonstration Hall on Michigan State’s campus is used for a lot of activities. During the day, you may see indoor soccer classes playing on the plastic floor surrounded by hockey-style boards, or the color guard practicing their flag spinning.

If you stop by at 10 p.m. though, you’ll see 12 men on rollerblades, five without shirts on, two in goalie masks, with hockey sticks in-hand, passing a plastic puck.

No. 5 Michigan St. Edges Out W. Mich, 37-24

Sep 5, 2015
WKAR

Despite the Western Michigan Broncos pulling to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, Michigan State was able to hang on and top the Broncos, 37-24 at Waldo Stadium. 

Active Minds logo
Courtesy of Active Minds at MSU

The stigma of mental illness can make it difficult for students struggling on college campuses to seek help. But both students and administrators across the country are trying to change that. Current State talks to two of the members of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds at MSU as well as Dr. Victor Schwartz, medical director for the JED Foundation, a national organization focused on campus mental health and suicide prevention. 

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WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Thousands of students are returning to Michigan State University for the start of fall classes.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery captures some of the sounds and emotions of the back to school move-in.

Thousands of returning and first-time students have arrived at Michigan State University for the start of the fall semester.  For several days, many have been moving into their dorm rooms.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with a few students and parents caught up in the moment. 

 

Is gang violence infectious? MSU study suggests yes.

Aug 31, 2015
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Michigan State University

A new study out of MSU adds credence to the idea that some kinds of violence are actually predictable in the way they spread through a community. Associate Professor of criminal justice April Zeoli talks about her research tracking gang violence as an infectious disease. 

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon about the school’s recent tuition increase, its new office handling all investigations of discrimination including sexual assaults and harassment, and making Michigan State a tobacco-free campus.


Courtesy Michigan State University

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.

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

Apr 2, 2015
MSU Athletics

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.

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

Feb 16, 2015
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.

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

Feb 5, 2015
MSU Athletic Communications

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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