The State – 04/14/22

Rachel Fulton

Danton Cole out as MSU hockey Head Coach / Three possible candidates for Michigan State hockey’s coaching vacancy

Michigan State hockey Head Coach Danton Cole had been fired after five seasons at the helm for the Spartans.

In those five seasons, Cole was 58-101-2 and never finished higher than second to last in the Big Ten conference.

“Over the last month, I spent time evaluating where we currently stand as a hockey program,” Michigan State Athletic Director Allen Haller said in a press release.

“It’s become clear to me that it’s in the best interests of the program to make a change in leadership and begin a new era of Spartan hockey.”

Potential candidates include Adam Nightingale, Brock Sheahan and Eric Lang.

Board of Trustees candidates endorsed at Michigan Democratic party convention

MSU Board of Trustees candidates were endorsed at the Michigan Democratic Party’s endorsement convention on April 9.

The two candidates selected to appear on the ballot were incumbent Trustee Renee Knake Jefferson and researcher Dennis Denno.

At the end of a long agenda filled with endorsements for the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Supreme Court and Board of Education, the university board candidates strutted onstage to walkout music.

Denno was introduced by his friend, MSU Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment emeritus James Cotter.

Trustee Rema Vassar introduced Jefferson, who is running to keep her seat on the board.

The women have served on the board of trustees together for just over a year, since Vassar’s term began in January 2021.

Jefferson said it was exciting to receive an endorsement from the party in person, along with the other candidates running in this year’s election, and said she appreciated Vassar’s support.

Outcome of Whitmer kidnapping case could become rallying cry, says counterterrorism expert

In one of the first instances of extreme right-wing violence to happen in a post-COVID era, the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 policies, many people were surprised to see the jury’s decision to go in favor of the defendants: two of the federally charged men.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, were acquitted of charges that they conspired to kidnap Whitmer, with another two men, Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., receiving a mistrial from a hung jury.

Associate professor at the University of Michigan and former member of the National Security Council Javed Ali said this trial could stand to give momentum to both individuals and the broader movement because Caserta and Harris could be viewed as champions or victims of government overreach.

“Would this spur other plots that people were thinking about previously?” Ali said. “Again, nobody knows the answer to that, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did because now you’ve got another anti-government grievance to latch on to.

Based on original reporting by Alex Faber, Morgan Womack, Maddy Warren and Dan Netter. Script by Shakyra Mabone.