The State – 04/20/22

Rachel Fulton

Board of Trustees to hold last meeting of semester this Friday

The MSU Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet for the last time this semester, on Friday, April 22 at 8 a.m. in the Hannah Administration Building, room 401.

Those unable to attend in-person can watch or listen to a live stream. Public comment requests must be submitted 48 hours before the start of the meeting.

On the agenda is the authorization to proceed with phase one of the football complex renovation and addition and the authorization to proceed with upgrades to Spartan Stadium, including restoring the North and East bowls and upgrading the audio.

These authorization requests will take place during the budget and finance committee report.

Following President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.’s report, the board will be asked to approve the Gift, Grant and Contract report from Jan. 13 to March 23, which consists of 445 gifts, grants and contracts, as well as 29 consignment or non-cash gifts, totaling $84,511,183.

Physiology and French senior Mariam Sayed will then give a presentation titled “Fostering Societal Transformations in Attitudes Towards Neurodivergent Populations.”

Provost Teresa Woodruff will ask the board to approve faculty appointments and other personal actions during the Personnel Actions and Information Reports.

In addition to the authorization to proceed with the football building addition and stadium upgrades, the budget and finance committee will request the board approve the housing and dining rates for the 2022-23 academic year.

The committee will also recommend the board authorize the university to plan for the replacement of the Farm Lane Bridge and surrounding infrastructure.

A look inside ‘Hooked’, Lansing’s new cafe, wine bar and bookstore

Lansing’s new addition, ‘Hooked’, has something for everyone, whether you are a bookworm, a wine aficionado or a coffee lover.

Located between Lansing’s downtown and Michigan State University’s campus, ‘Hooked’ was designed with the goal of bringing the two communities together.

Grossman and Reckhow want Hooked to be a hub for all the good things that Michigan businesses have to offer. To do so, they are sourcing their food menu items from bakeries and chocolatiers throughout the state.

Hooked will carry chocolates made at Park Lake Creamery in Bath. The baked goods will be brought in fresh each day from Stone Circle Bakehouse in Holt.

The selection of Peruvian salads will be brought in from Tantay in Lansing. They will also carry sweets from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor.

“These are the breads we buy at the farmers markets; these are the places we go into our city,” Grossman said. “These are the places that we wish were in Lansing that are in Ann Arbor. So it’s kind of bringing that together.”

The bar itself is also locally sourced, made from wood from MSU’s campus.

Nathan Shaver, who works with the MSU Department of Forestry, collaborated with Reckhow and Grossman to repurpose the white wood exactly how they wanted it.

Prosecutor’s office looking into criminal charges related to death of MSU student at frat party, ELPD confirms

The death of MSU student Phat Nguyen is being considered for ‘possible criminal charges,’ according to the East Lansing Police Department.

In a FOIA request, The State News asked if MSU students were part of the investigation. The written response said, “Yes. MSU students are mentioned in the complaint report.”

ELPD refused to release further information because the case is considered an open investigation ‘pending possible criminal charges’ as the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office reviews the complaint report.

Nguyen’s preliminary autopsy showed alcohol to be the leading factor of his death.
On Nov. 20, Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene on the 400 block of Stoddard Avenue after ELPD responded to a medical assist call. Three other students were found passed out and transported to Sparrow Hospital for recovery.

Following Nguyen’s death, the Pi Alpha Phi fraternity was put under interim suspension then revoked on Dec. 9 for an undetermined amount of time – with a minimum of 10 years.

Based on original reporting by Maddy Warren, Miranda Dunlap and Wajeeha Kamal. Script by Shakyra Mabone.