The State – 03/22/22

Rachel Fulton

Trustee Melanie Foster running to keep her position on Board of Trustees

Trustee Melanie Foster is running to keep her position on the Michigan State Board of Trustees under the Republican nomination. Representatives will be chosen at the party’s convention in April.

Her campaign issues include supporting Michigan’s Right to Work, encouraging university support for in-state students and maintaining in-person teaching.

She is also against a resolution the trustees passed in December to support faculty unionization.

As chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee, she wants to continue fiscal transparency.

She was first appointed to the MSU Board of Trustees in 1991 by Governor John Engler, making her the longest-serving member of the board.

She also previously served on the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2004.

The state of Michigan moves to divest from Russian businesses

Earlier this month, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri introduced legislation to add Russia on to the list of nations in the Divestment from Terror Act.

The Divestment from Terror Act is a state law that prevents the state from making investments into banks and businesses that are based in countries that take part in state-sponsored terrorism.

Camilleri said that the money that would be affected by the divestment would be around .06% of the $98 billion the state has invested in businesses around the world.

While this is a small percentage, the amount comes to about $5.8 million. Legislation cosponsor and state Rep. Ranjeev Puri said that the state of Michigan divesting from Russian businesses is somewhat symbolic, but believes it is important to show the state that it is willing to do whatever it can to stand up for the people of Ukraine.

Puri said “If every state in the country did that, that adds up to become a significant amount of money.”

Michigan State baseball completes the sweep over Houston Baptist in doubleheader

The Michigan State baseball team ended their home-opening three-game weekend with a Sunday doubleheader against Houston Baptist after their Saturday meeting was postponed due to weather.

In the first game, the first seven and a half innings went scoreless. In the bottom of the eighth Trent Farquhar homered a ball out to right center field that sealed the Spartans’ 1-0 win.

The second game of the doubleheader had significantly more action than the first. MSU and HBU were tied 5-5 at the top of the eighth, but looking for some late inning heroics, the Spartans went to work.

Christian Williams crossed home plate off an RBI from Casey Mayes to bring MSU the 6-5 victory.

MSU will host Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne next Wednesday.

Based on original reporting by Morgan Womack, Dan Netter, Sara Tidwell, and Jenna Malinowski. Script by Shakyra Mabone.