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OutCasting radio program gives voice to LGBTQ youth at MSU

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OutCasting radio program gives voice to LGBTQ youth at MSU


OutCasters at the main studio in Westchester County, New York. Courtesy of Marc Sophos.

OutCasters at the main studio in Westchester County, New York. Courtesy of Marc Sophos.

The voices of LGBTQ Spartans and straight allies can be heard on public radio stations across the country via Michigan State University’s bureau of OutCasting, a LGBTQ youth radio program created by MSU Telecommunications alumnus Marc Sophos.

In 2006, while working at WDFH, his radio station in Westchester County, New York, Sophos came up with the idea of starting OutCasting after a foundation approached him about funding a program for underrepresented constituencies.

“In public radio, there are youth programs and there is a LGBTQ program, but there is no LGBTQ youth program,” Sophos said.

The inspiration to create this kind of program was encouraged in part by Sophos’ own experience as a gay man. He wanted to offer a platform for younger people to embrace their voices and express themselves.

“I know what it was like to be closeted and not be able to express anything, not be able to talk about it,” said Sophos. “It’s a different time now than it was when I was growing up because of the Internet but still there’s a need for people to be able to speak out and to do journalism on these issues and in some cases talk about their own experiences.”

The young contributors – high school and college age – produce six to eight programs a year for public broadcast. In addition to that they also record shorter, more frequent segments online called OutCasting OffAir, which has recently covered topics like gender norms and what it means to come out today.

After organizing and leading the program at two locations in New York, Sophos got the idea to bring the program to his alma mater after a visit to campus with his husband, Doug, a couple of years ago. They were in the Student Union where Sophos remembered the LBGT Resource Center had once been located on the fourth floor. They discovered that the location had changed, but he continued his search and eventually met with the director of the Center, DeAnna Hurlbert, a big fan of public radio, according to Sophos.

“We sort of just started batting around the idea for opening an MSU bureau,” said Sophos. “From November of 2014 through last September, a lot of the groundwork was laid and we had an informational meeting in September, a year ago, and that’s when Kayl and four other people got involved.”

Kayl Black, a sophomore member of OutCasting, said that the group is in the process of reaching out to different LGBTQ organizations around campus and students to expand their reach and spread the word about what it means to be an “OutCaster.” 

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New Media Center at ComArtSci brings creative opportunities to students

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New Media Center at ComArtSci brings creative opportunities to students


rianna2A new media center to drive students’ ingenuity and inspire collaborative work is under construction in the Communication Arts and Sciences building at Michigan State University. According to ComArtSci Weekly, the college’s weekly newsletter for students, this new space will include a newsroom, motion capture lab and a game design studio.

The space was temporarily up and running on Nov. 8 to cover the 2016 Presidential Election. MSU has famously covered elections at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the past, including the 2012 election.

Prabu David, dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, shared the story behind the creation of the space.

“The inspiration came for (the media center) when I was in Los Angeles,” David said. “One of our alums runs a major ad agency. When I walked into this building, it was beautiful. You could see all kinds of young people working on creative projects. There was a certain buzz. The very moment I stepped in, I thought, ‘We should capture this.’”

Lucinda Davenport, director of the School of Journalism, said that a typical day in the newsroom will be full of activity because the student-produced TV news programs will be shot there, students will be doing photo shoots, making videos, creating voiceovers for radio and activities of all different types.

“There is a space in this room for almost every process of the story to happen to completion,” Davenport said.Troy Hale, a film and broadcast news professor at MSU, supported the idea of creating the media center’s newsroom. His vision for the space stemmed from the excitement and energy of 200 students and faculty working together four years ago during the previous “MI First Election.”

“I said to (Lucinda Davenport), ‘We need to have this everyday,’” Hale said.

Hale said that other than covering the November election, the newsroom will be used by classes to develop a daily news cast that will incorporate all mediums: print, online, broadcast and radio by January 2017.

According to David, a student will be able to sit in front of an anchor desk, turn the probiotic camera and lights on and stream live.

According to Hale, anchor, teleprompter and performance training will be necessary to get students ready for the newsroom.

“Students and professors will step up what they’re doing,” Hale said. “If you work in a new environment, you will work up to that level.” 

Stacey Fox, transdisciplinary artist in residence, was the force behind the addition of a motion-capture studio in the media center.

Fox said the College of Communication Arts and Sciences will be offering a motion capture class, open to all MSU students in Spring 2017, that would be great for actors, dancers, athletes, animators and others. Motion capture is proving to have an increasing presence at the college and the space will allow for versatile opportunities to learn.  

rianna1According to Fox, the motion capture studio coming to ComArtSci is unique. Unlike other systems, the equipment will be markerless, meaning that students won’t need to put on special suits or white markers on their joints to help the camera capture their movements. The system can also capture students exactly the way they look in 3D or take their movements and put that on any character. The equipment can also motion capture a student and put them into any environment.

Fox believes motion capture technology has a vital role in journalism because students can be motion captured in the studio and then put on the lawn of the White House, the United Nations Convention or the scene of a hurricane.

“We can – in real time, live – motion capture you and put you into any virtual reality environment. For news, let’s say we have the virtual reality environment of a storm scene. We can capture a student journalist and put them in that scene like they’re there in real time,” Fox said.

Students can also recreate moments in history through virtual reality. If Barack Obama came to the studio, for example, students could archive his voice and motion. Years later, another student can put on goggles and have a conversation with Obama as if they had been there with him. Fox said this is the concept of immersive journalism, where immersive environments are created and viewed by the public.

Fox believes that the media center will provide students with access to state of the art technology and the opportunity to experience what the professional industry workflow of a newsroom is like before they go out into the real world.

David spoke about how journalism is in dire need of new models and the millennials of this college generation are going to find them with their familiarity of multimedia.

The dean believes students can gain skills in the new space including journalism, television, radio, social media, interactive design, animation and game design.

“We do so much good work in our classrooms but it’s all hidden behind brick walls. We’re tearing down the walls and creating this beautiful environment,” said David. “You see the great work being done in the classrooms, the technology that students have access to, the innovative ideas of the future.”

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Bernie Sanders packs Breslin at MSU

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Bernie Sanders packs Breslin at MSU


Over 10,000 people came out to see Sen. Bernie Sanders speak at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center Wednesday evening. Lines to get into the building wrapped around the Breslin Center, braving the bitter cold several hours before Sanders took to the podium at 7 p.m.

The crowd was composed mostly of young adults. A few hundred attendees stood on the floor, roughly 10,000 filled the surrounding lower-bowl seats and some even caught the speech from the upper level.

Michigan’s primary election is Tuesday March 8. Sanders concluded his speech by asking all those in attendance to march to the polls next Tuesday.

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10 ways to have a better semester

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10 ways to have a better semester


Spring semester means a fresh start for most students. With new classes and a new academic schedule, it is hard to not fall back into those bad habits of last semester. Bad habits like skipping class or even being late to class are a few good things to change.

Here are 10 simple steps to help you stay on track this semester and to work on making each semester better.

Photo via Creative Commons.

Photo via Creative Commons.

1. Stay organized

Organization is key when it comes to college and basically the rest of your life. Your life might not be together at the moment, but it sure does feel like it when all of your materials are organized. There are so many ways that you can keep things organized including color coordinating your classes and keeping all the files on your computer in order. Find out which organization technique works best for you and use it throughout college.

2. Make lists

A key to success is lists, lists and more lists. To-do lists, grocery lists, things-to-remember-to-do lists. Write down every thought that you have and put it on a list. This can help you remember important things that you don’t want to forget. It also clears your mind when you write things down.

3. Keep track of everything that is due (follow that syllabus!)

When you know exactly when everything is due, it makes it a lot easier to manage your time around homework and how much you should study in a given day. This is also a good skill because if you have extra time on your hands, you can catch up on reading or assignments for classes to make the next week not as stressful.

4. If you don’t like something, change it

One thing that you learn throughout your college experience is that you are in control of your life. College is a huge opportunity to have, so if you don’t like something, you have the power to change it!

5. Time management

Time management is another thing to get down pact because you will deal with it for the rest of your life. So why not start now? Start with figuring out what is a bigger priority and what is a smaller priority. Make sure you aren’t spending all of your time at the library studying because your brain needs to relax, too. But also, make sure you aren’t out partying or hanging out with your friends all of the time because then you won’t get any school work done.

6. Remind yourself that everything will be okay

Yes, going to college and growing up at the same time is a lot for the universe to ask. But, you can do it! Just keep a little reminder in the back of your head that everything will be okay and surely enough you will be, too.

7. Surround yourself with good people

It wouldn’t be a good idea to be around people who have a negative influence on you. Surround yourself with people who support your decisions, lift you up and make you a better person. You’ll thank yourself later.

8. Make time to do things that you love

Let’s be honest, school takes up a lot of time. That’s why it is important to make time in your busy schedule to do the things you love to do. Whether that is working out, eating ice cream, seeing a movie every once in awhile – do it! Don’t lose sense of yourself.

9. Stay active/find that stress reliever

A good stress reliever is to stay active. Going to the gym at least three times a week will help you clear your mind, and you’ll feel good after it. You don’t have to go super hard in the gym, even walking to class instead of taking the bus can be a stress reliever.

10. Have fun

The reason why it is important to stay organized, learn to manage your time better and keep on top of things is so that you can leave room to have fun! College is a great learning experience, but there is nothing wrong with having fun while you earn your degree. The memories you make will last a lifetime.

Bonus: MSU Campus Hacks

While all of the tips above can apply to most college students, here are a few second semester hacks specifically for MSU students.

11. Going to Grand River? Take the 26 instead of the 31. The 26 is usually always at the CATA station and it is often less crowded than the 31 in the winter time.

12. Too cold and snowy to leave your dorm? Get your combo exchange at any local Sparty’s store before going back to your dorm after class.

13. Are you broke but still want to do something fun? Campus Cinemas in Wells Hall offers free movies for on-campus students. You can bring a guest for free as well!

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Review: Dirty Dancing at the Wharton Center

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Review: Dirty Dancing at the Wharton Center


A great balance between music and dance, this Broadway adaptation of “Dirty Dancing” captivates and keeps you on your toes with humorous anecdotes. Not straying very far from the original story line, there is an even bigger emotional connection to the characters of Baby and Johnny as their time on stage allows their chemistry to grow. Gillian Abbott (“Baby”) encompasses the true spirit of her character and flawlessly convinces that she had nothing in her repertoire at the start of the show. Full of quality, show-stopping dance numbers, this show does not disappoint both the dance and musical lover with two smaller cast members stealing the show. Doug Carpenter (“Billy Kostecki”) and Jennlee Shallow (“Ensemble”) with their duet and individual solos are what really sent audiences cheering through the roof.

The key factor that makes this musical so unique is the balance between the music and dance talent.

“I think it’s special like that,” Christopher Tierney said. “As leads of the show we have our parts, but it’s great that you get these other two singers who who get to be their own leads.”

Photo via Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University

Photo via Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University

The show basically gives you two tiers of people enjoying the show, and the characters for different reasons. The live music on set certainly helps, of course.

The diversity of this production’s cast shows on and off stage. Lead actor Christopher Tierney, who plays Johnny Castle, has the most experience with the show as this is his second tour of “Dirty Dancing” with the same director.

His dance experience started at the young age of 12. “I got that bug and I just kept making the next right choice,” he said. “I joined dance companies, met great choreographers who brought me to great movie directors, who also brought me to Broadway.”

A fun fact from Tierney: he never watched the original film to study his character. This may come as a surprising fact because the consensus reigns that Tierney actually looks very much, and even sounds like Patrick Swayze!

On the other end of the spectrum, this is Jenny Winton’s first Broadway production. Winton plays Penny in the show and although her character flows on the dance floor with ballroom dance, she is classically trained in ballet.

On her connection with her character, she said, “I’ve just drawn on certain things in my life and we both share the passion for dance.”

Winton commented that since her character has multiple layers, it really gives her the opportunity to express parts of her personality that not everyone sees. Dancing on “Dirty Dancing” has opened many new doors for Winton and she wants to continue to explore her options in theatre and dance.

“I think it’s a story, that no matter what generation you’re in, you can relate to,” Winton said. “The passion for dancing and music is so relatable because these songs are so iconic.”

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Do the Spartans have enough to make the College Football Playoff?

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Do the Spartans have enough to make the College Football Playoff?


Despite their success, Michigan State University still hasn’t gotten the respect from the media and football analytics alike. Many people have written off the Spartans as a phony contender for the College Football Playoffs (CFP).

According to ESPN, the reason why MSU has fallen in recent rankings is because they “don’t have a superstar on the roster.” Evidently, they must have forgotten about MSU quarterback Connor Cook who has thrown only two interceptions while throwing for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns through week eight of the regular season.

Maybe they have forgotten that three MSU players have received Big Ten Weekly Awards on four occasions this year. To add more insult to injury, ESPN’s Todd McShay claimed the Spartans are  an overrated team. His reasoning?

“They let Indiana hang around — it was a two-point game at the end of the third quarter … The Spartans nearly blew a 21-point lead to Purdue and while their home win against Oregon was highly touted at the time, it’s hard not to view that a little differently in hindsight.”

MSU let Indiana hang around in the third quarter before blowing them out 52-26 in the fourth quarter. Compare that to Big Ten rival Ohio State who allowed Indiana to hang around until the last play and only beat Northern Illinois by a single score despite being heavily favored. Yet Ohio State didn’t falter in the rankings nor did they receive the same criticism that MSU did for keeping the game close against two teams that they were predicted to beat easily. Even with their one loss, the Spartans and the Buckeyes are two very similar teams that remain competitive throughout their games, yet the Spartans seem to receive all the criticism.

Perhaps one of the more peculiar arguments about MSU is a Bleacher Report article that discussed the betting odds for the game. MSU was favored by 17 points, but Bleacher Report said that the smart betting choice was Indiana – a team with a 4-3 record playing an undefeated team on their home field.

If the CFP ranking committee looked at the other teams ranked ahead of MSU with the same heightened scrutiny, they would find more cracks in many of those teams compared to MSU.  

Many argue that  MSU’s schedule is too easy, but if you look at Baylor and Ohio State, they both have fairly easy schedules as well. Baylor has yet to play a ranked team this year, but they are praised for their outstanding performances versus subpar teams.  

ESPN and other sports media outlets argue that MSU’s margin of victory in their wins isn’t high enough against the teams they have faced. However, half of the teams ranked above MSU have had at least two one-possession games against teams that they were expected to beat with ease.

Now, is this article to say that MSU should be number one in the rankings? No, but they should be in the top four at minimum. The final playoff rankings are still five weeks away and there is plenty of football left to be played. Even with MSU’s controversial loss to Nebraska on Nov. 7, the team’s playoff eligibility shouldn’t be taken away. If MSU continues to play well and the committee gets it right with the rankings, the Spartans should have a playoff spot come December.

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8 things you didn’t know about MSU housing co-ops


Most Michigan State University students don’t know much or anything about the housing cooperatives (co-ops) off campus.

The Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is dedicated to providing MSU and surrounding college students affordable housing. There are over 200 members and 14 co-ops in the area.

Each house is unique and has its own traditions and quirks. Houses range from five to 29 members and some have singles, doubles or triples. Most of the cooperatives are located on Collingwood Drive, M.A.C. Avenue, Grand River Avenue, Harrison Road and Oakhill Avenue.

The SHC keeps housing costs down by keeping a landlord out of the picture. SHC members own their own houses and make decisions about them through democracy with their other house members.

They choose their own rent and the modifications they need, such as whether or not to include a meal plan and to what extent their meal plan needs to cover. They also vote on whether to have internet, cable and house Netflix.

The SHC is a non-profit organization, meaning that the money paid for rent is used to make the cooperatives better places to live. For example, Bowie-Elsworth just got a new kitchen and Vesta is currently getting new windows.

Residents of the David Bowie Memorial Co-op enjoy a traditional "Bowie Brunch." Photo via Rene Kiss.

Residents of the Bowie Cooperative enjoy a traditional “Bowie Brunch.” Photo via Rene Kiss.

After touring Elsworth Cooperative (commonly known as Bowie), a 21-person cooperative on Grand River Avenue, a few of the stereotypical myths of co-ops quickly dissipated. For one thing, the co-op was far from unclean. In their newly renovated kitchen, a clear list of chores was assigned to house members. Also, the cooperative was not run down in any sense. The living room, a main space in the cooperative, was roomy and adorned with cozy couches and chairs and a table to study on. Although many consider cooperative members to be so-called “hipsters,” they certainly are not of the stereotypical nature.

Bowie is one of the co-ops that has an extensive meal plan included in their rent, meaning that they get five dinners a week and pre-prepared snacks to take on campus with them. If you happen to miss a dinner, you can sign up for a “late plate” and your name is written on a dinner and stored in the community fridge. The houses share cooking utensils, spices and pans.

Each cooperative has different numbers of members and room picks vary from house to house. In Bowie, the order to pick the rooms coincides with the order of who signs their contract first.

Nicole Anderson, senior art education major, has been living in Bowie since fall of 2014. She chose to live in the co-ops because she wanted to live with a good group of people who believed in the same principles of cooperation as she did.

Anderson would recommend living in co-ops to other college students because, even for people who aren’t necessarily suited for one, the environment is very rewarding for people who are more selfish.

“They learn how to respect others and the house. It teaches community and how to work with others,” Anderson said.

Anderson believes living in a co-op is not only rewarding in various ways, but mentally healthy and supportive.

Every cooperative is unique. Some houses have different traditions such as weekly potlucks, some are known for their game nights, some are known for parties and some are known for their members being extremely tight knit.

Here’s eight things you didn’t know about co-ops:

  1. The SHC provides each cooperative member with a bed, desk, desk chair and dresser.
  2. There’s space to park and many co-ops have gardens and places to sit outside.
  3. Problems and concerns are addressed democratically through meetings.
  4. Everyone has different chores/duties to get tasks like cleaning and cooking done.
  5. The co-ops have a tradition of doing a tastefully nude calendar for charity.
  6. They do different events to bond with each other.
  7. You can paint your own room and door however you want.
  8. It’s not super selective. Unlike fraternities or sororities, cooperative living doesn’t regulate its members quite so strictly.

To apply for the co-ops, you have to fill out an application online. The application consists of background and financial information as well as questions asking how you would act in typical communal living situations.

Once you’re approved, you can begin touring the houses of your choice. To be eligible to sign up for a house, you must attend a house event and a house meeting. If the house members vote to approve you to sign, you can then sign a contract to live in the house.

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MSU Bucket List: 16 things to do before you graduate

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MSU Bucket List: 16 things to do before you graduate


Some people say high school is the best years of your life, others would argue that college takes the cake. Spartans, whether it takes you more or less than four years to complete college, make sure to complete this bucket list before leaving Michigan State University.

1. Join a club

Michigan State University has over 700 clubs. If there isn’t a club that suits you, start your own! Leave your legacy with a successful student organization

2. Attend at least one football or basketball game

Spartan Stadium at Michigan State University. Photo via Savannah Swix.

Spartan Stadium at Michigan State University. Photo via Savannah Swix.

MSU is a Big Ten school. It’s a tradition and an honor to attend at least one game. In addition, it’s great to witness our football team succeed on the field with your own eyes.

3. Sit by the Red Cedar River

Though it’s impossible to know what lies beneath the water, Spartans still appreciate the beauty of the Red Cedar River, especially in the springtime. The ducks are also very cute companions and fun to feed.

4. Visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The museum is beautiful, free and the building will appear in the next “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie. The art exhibits in the museum change a lot, so visiting more than once might be worth it as well.

5. Study abroad

MSU has over 275 study abroad programs. They are offered during most semesters, and the advising office is very helpful with fixing study abroad into your schedule.

6. Order food from Conrad’s Grill

Whether you are out late and waiting hours in a long line or ordering from your dorm room, you need to experience Conrad’s for yourself. Try the “Number One” wrap for your first time, it is number one.

7. Get a picture with Sparty

Everyone wants a picture with Sparty. It’s just something that you have to do.

8. Participate in the midnight scream

Let’s face it, finals are stressful. Participate in the scream to let some stress out.

9. Go to a movie at Wells Hall

Wells Hall offers free movies to students just by showing MSU ID to receive tickets. Take advantage of this free opportunity because it might not happen again!

10. Eat MSU Dairy Store ice cream

You will not regret this. The Dairy Store even makes its own ice cream sandwiches!

11. Take a picture with the Spartan statue

Whether this is taken during your orientation as a freshman, before a football game or after graduation, it is nice to have this to look back on.

12. Try out for an intramural sport

This is a good way to make friends and a healthy way to take a break from studying.

13. Be a part of “Sparty Watch”

After what recently happened to the Magic Johnson statue, everyone should be on board to protect the MSU monuments.

14. Go to an acapella concert

See some of the talent that student groups like Ladies First or State of Fifths work hard to perform.

15. See a show at the Wharton Center

“Dirty Dancing” and “The Nutcracker 2015” are both coming to the Wharton Center stage this year. Student discount rates are applied to some shows, check them out!

16. Appreciate campus during all seasons

MSU students are fortunate to have a beautiful campus that experiences all four seasons. Get out and enjoy each one!

 

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MSU workshops offer a variety of learning opportunities for students

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MSU workshops offer a variety of learning opportunities for students


As first-year undergraduate students who have already spent almost two months in new college life, many have questions or problems that they have never handled before. People at Michigan State University, with a passion to help students to pull through this time of transition, have volunteered to create many kinds of workshops.

One of the biggest programs is the Spartan Success Scholars Program, which was created to help students to handle transition difficulties.

“It helps me get more involved in college, building communications skills,” said Arlette Segoviano, a nursing freshman. “My RA (resident assistant) and UUD (Undergraduate University Division) advisor suggested me to go there and I think it made me think a lot. It’s really helpful, especially for freshmen.”

Courtesy of Erica Fiasky.

Courtesy of Erica Fiasky.

The Spartan Success Scholars Program’s workshops include “Time Management,” “Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies,” “Sleep 101,” “Stress Management for Success” and more. They also summarized “Ten Habits of Successful Students”, which students can see on MSU’s main website.

“After attending the workshop and talking about homesick, I think something changed on me, even though I know there still is a long way for me to go (to handle homesickness),” said freshman business student Yuyan Li. “I started treat this (homesickness) in a positive way instead of just crying alone in the bed.”

While some students say that the workshops helped them, some said that the workshop is a trigger, they felt worse or more aware of their stress after attending the meeting.

“I went to a workshop that is for homesick (without knowing the theme before), but I think it made me depressed because (the homesickness) didn’t bother me before. After they discussed homesick, I felt worse,” said Christopher Barnes, a MSU freshman.

However, communication senior Jing Liu said that she thinks the workshops are a good way for students to talk to someone about stress or any other issues they are experiencing.

“A lot of my friends won’t ask for help when they feel depressed or stressful because they regard (stress and depression) as a normal thing happened to students,” said Liu. “I feel a lot of them suffered from these issues and some of them even started out of normal life.”

There are also some workshops focused specifically on female or male groups. For example, the Mujer a Mujer workshop. “Mujer” means “woman” in Spanish. The organization, which is based on a mission to empower undergraduate women and to help them develop professionally through inspirational role models, was started in 2014. It’s sponsored by Migrant Student Services, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative and the College of Natural Science.

“We want to empower female undergraduate students and address various challenges (they) may face as female undergraduate students from high school to college,” said Erica Fiasky, one of the creators of the Mujer a Mujer workshop.  “Through this workshop, we want to help them know more about transition challenges and organization of school.”

Apart from the workshops above, Michigan State University also has a program that focuses on educating students about sexual assault and relationship violence. “The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program (SARV) began in 2007 when Kelly Schweda hired as Program Coordinator. First SARV workshops run in 2008,” according to their website.

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program, which attendance is required of all first-year undergraduate students, focuses on exploring the definitions of sexual assault, rape and relationship violence. It aims to inform people about how to prevent sexual violence from others. Also, an LBGTQ SARV workshop was added in 2012, it includes a neutral gender and special introductions to LBGTQ students. Furthermore, since 2015, international workshops are available for students to register for special concerns and strange culture shock.
There are innumerous workshops available in every corner of MSU. It can be held by the writing center, career services or even a peer who wants to share experiences with you. Look for the workshops around you and explore your options!

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It’s Tradition: Get the scoop on the MSU Dairy Store

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It’s Tradition: Get the scoop on the MSU Dairy Store


Customers enjoy their Dairy Store treats at the Anthony Hall Dairy Store location on Oct. 20.

Customers enjoy their treats at the Anthony Hall Dairy Store location.

On the campus of Michigan State University, there’s one place that students and visitors can always count on for a tasty treat: the Dairy Store.

The central location, and reportedly the most popular, is in Anthony Hall located next to the Dairy Plant. A second, and smaller, store can also be found in the MSU Union.

The store sells everything from coffee to cheese, but is widely known for its famous ice cream flavors. Back when the store first opened, the only flavors were vanilla, chocolate and black cherry, according to employee Tyler Hanlon.

Hanlon, a MSU packaging senior, has worked at the store for almost two and a half years. He claims that, nowadays, the “Sesquicentennial Swirl” is one of the store’s best sellers.

“It’s a very good flavor,” said Hanlon. “It’s hard to get good cake batter ice cream, but the fact that it’s green and white is half of the reason it sells as good as it does.”

In honor of the upcoming festivities, the store currently has a variety of Halloween-themed ice cream flavors. They include “Creepy Crawly Coconut,” “Chocolate Chip Spooky Dough” and “Pralines and Bad Dreams.”

Store Manager Brooke Pugh said that the creativity of the flavors and their artistic display on the glass of the dip cabinet adds to customer enjoyment. However, she said that the homegrown quality of the ice cream is what makes the Dairy Store such an appreciated feature of MSU.

Hanlon said that the Dairy Store’s reputation as a tradition comes as a result of several factors: price, location and quality.

MSU Dairy Store employee Tyler Hanlon packs up a customer's order.

MSU Dairy Store employee Tyler Hanlon packs up a customer’s order.

“For one, the ice cream is really good and it’s also very cheap for how good it is,” said Hanlon. “With it being right in the center of campus, it’s perfect for students to stop by and then you throw in having a good, easy lunch of a grilled cheese, it’s just kind of a center for students.”

A single scoop of ice cream costs $2.25; a double costs $3; and a triple costs $3.75.

“When people leave, it’s hard for them to get really good ice cream again, so it’s the place to be when you come back,” said Hanlon.

Zoology junior Naomi Fleischman said she enjoys the convenience of the Dairy Store’s Anthony Hall location, “I think a lot of college kids like ice cream, so the fact that it’s right in a building where a lot of the classes are in makes it very popular and then it just grew from there.”

So what’s the store’s busiest day of the week? Both Hanlon and Pugh agreed that Mondays have consistent heavy traffic.

The reason: grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. On Mondays at the Dairy Store, customers who purchase a grilled cheese sandwich also receive a free cup of soup all for the price of $2.50. For an extra dollar, Pugh said, a drink can be added to the order.

“We go through bread like crazy on Mondays,” said Pugh.

She added, “We even have faculty come in and say ‘This is such a great deal,’ and they can sit and have lunch with their co-workers and they don’t have to spend a ton of money and they can have a decent meal.”

The store is also open during Spartan football games, which are equally as hectic, according to Pugh.

“If the game is earlier, like at 9 a.m. or 12 p.m., we open early so we can kind of catch some of the tailgaters,” she said. “If the game is a 12 p.m. game, we are slammed when the game gets out. As soon as the stadium starts emptying, they all come here.

“We’ve had a line wrapped all the way around the building and down the street. People wait for the ice cream.”

Hanlon said that it’s not just the customers who enjoy the Dairy Store, the employees appreciate the work that they do and being able to contribute to its legacy at Michigan State University.

“The general population that comes in is usually happy and then on top of that, they’re getting ice cream that’s making them more happy,” said Hanlon. “Overall, it’s just a happy environment. We have fun working together. We have a great staff. We enjoy what we’re doing and we enjoy the response that everyone else has from it.”

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