The State – 12/02/22

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting more clouds than sun with periods of showers overnight with a high of 47 degrees and a low of 34 degrees. For the weekend, it looks like it will be high to low 40’s with both Saturday and Sunday being partly cloudy and windy.

Where abortion is legal may have an impact on students’ med school choices

For many pre-med students, the decision on where to go to medical school boils down to two factors: where they can get in and where they can afford to go.

However, it’s possible that following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a third factor will come into effect: where abortion is legal.

A recent survey from Kaplan, a company that specializes in offering test-prep services, found that 26 percent of pre-med students said the overturning of Roe v. Wade probably will impact where they apply to medical school, while 21 percent said it definitely will. 27 percent say it may or may not impact their decision.

Kaplan’s senior director of pre-health programs Petros Minasi said that this survey was conducted in September and October. All students who were surveyed are aspiring doctors who are enrolled in a Kaplan MCAT course.

Over the next few years, Minasi said Kaplan is going to continue to monitor how abortion access will be a part of the decision-making process.

Human biology sophomore Anthony Mulhem said that he wants to stay in Michigan for medical school due to the lower in-state tuition. He said this decision was further solidified with the passing of proposal three, which codifies abortion rights in Michigan’s state constitution.

Human biology junior Becca Bienstock said that aside from the possible restrictions placed on doctors, she simply would not want to study in a state where she does not have all the rights that she feels she should have.

Zyara Grill on Grand River Avenue closes

Mediterranean restaurant and juicery Zyara Grill — located on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing — has permanently closed its doors, according to the city of East Lansing.

The restaurant appeared to be closed last month, with “Space available” leasing signs hung up outside the store.

Zyara Grill opened in 2021 in the boom of businesses opening in East Lansing as students were returning to campus for in-person classes.

They occupied the previous location of coffee shop Espresso Royal, which was among the earliest businesses to close due to pandemic-influenced financial struggles in March 2020.

Zyara Grill has not posted reasoning for the closure on their Facebook page.

Office of Spartan Experiences to host “Countdown to Close-Out” week-long events

The Office of Spartan Experiences will be hosting “Countdown to Close-Out,” a campus-wide interactive and collaborative event to close out this fall semester. Students can participate in engaging activities between Dec. 4 – Dec. 9.

Here are a couple of the events lined up for next week:

Starting off, Sunday at 8 p.m., at the Office of Spartan Experiences will host a “Countdown to Close-Out” kickoff on Facebook and Instagram Live to highlight prize giveaways and events.

The Student Involvement and Leadership team and Residence Halls Association will also hold a movie night for students to watch on-demand movies.

For Monday, Play an in-person Spartan Bingo and win prizes at the MSU Union Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For students who cannot attend events in person, Office of Spartan Experiences will host a virtual trivia with prizes. Connect via Zoom starting at 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, you can Post a photo of your favorite highlight of the year or you wearing your favorite Spartan gear — include #COUNTDOWNTOCLOSEOUT2022 with the photo.

For the full schedule and additional information, a flyer can be found on the Office of Spartan Experiences website.

Based on original reporting by Hannah Woehrle, Wendy Guzman and Ashley Zhou.

To end our last episode of the week, here are a few announcements!

Here is the MSU Athletic line-up for the weekend…


  • Hockey will go up against Minnesota at 6:30 P.M. at Munn Ice Arena.


  • Hockey plays again against Minnesota at 6 P.M.


  • Men’s basketball will vs. Northwestern at 7 P.M. at the Breslin Center.

For our last announcement, next week will be the last week of The State for the semester until we come back from winter break.