The State – 02/03/23

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting sunshine and clouds mixed with a high of 10 degrees and a low of 4 degrees. For the weekend, it looks like it will be mixed of high and low 30’s and mainly cloudy with some sun on Saturday.

MSU football welcomes DL coach Diron Reynolds

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Michigan State football welcomed a host of new faces to the program, including defensive line coach Diron Reynolds, a couple of transfer portal additions and a few early enrollees.

A few weeks after defensive line coach Marco Coleman departed for Georgia Tech, MSU hired Reynolds to fill the slot.

The newly-minted coach has experience in both the NFL and college football. He spent the last seven years coaching with Stanford in the PAC-12. Reynold’s NFL experience includes stints with the Vikings, Colts and Dolphins.

A few things that attracted Reynolds to MSU included the current roster, incoming freshmen, and transfers. Mel Tucker’s desire to create a more NFL-focused environment was another aspect that drew him to the program.

In terms of defensive identity, Reynolds believes that stopping the run is key to the success of the entire defense, including an improved pass-rush.

Reynolds will certainly have his work cut out for him. He enters a defense that finished 101st in the nation in yards allowed per game. He’ll have a handful of older, experienced players like defensive end/linebacker Jacoby Windmon and younger, talented players like incoming freshman defensive edge Bai Jobe.

Lansing enters code blue emergency, opens shelters from cold weather

City officials in Lansing instituted Code Blue as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Code Blue indicates the Department of Human Relations and Community Services policy for extreme cold temperatures.

In a press statement from his office, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor directed both the Department of Human Relations and Community Services (HRCS) and the Lansing Fire Department’s Emergency Management Division to begin preparation for Code Blue, the plan in effect through Sunday, Feb. 5 at 8 a.m.

Low temperatures for yesterday and today are expected to be below five degrees Fahrenheit.

The cold weather response plan provides “resources for any population identified that could be endangered” which includes warming centers that can be found on the City of Lansing’s website.

MSU Child Development Labs to expand after receiving $2.1 million in funding

Michigan State University’s Child Development Laboratory is an institution open to the public, offering full-day preschool programs for children ages birth to kindergarten. It recently secured $2,187,500 in funding to expand both its buildings and outreach.

A proposal was submitted to open a Lansing site that would help children most at risk within the community. In turn, MSU would be able to introduce over 100 teachers for the state and community, taking charge against the state-wide teacher shortage.

The money comes from U.S. Rep Elissa Slotkin’s project to fund local projects across mid-Michigan. Child Development Laboratories Director Laurie Linscott said she submitted a proposal to Slotkin through MSU Governmental Relations and it was chosen.

The child development lab already has two sites: Central School, located on Grand River and Hillcrest, and Haslett Public Schools’ Head Start. With this new round of funding, a third site will be generated within the Lansing area.

Based on original reporting by Alex Faber, Kelsey Dantuma and Selma Cogo.

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

Here is the MSU home athletic line-up for the weekend…


  • Men’s Tennis will go up against Ball State at 12PM
  • Women’s Tennis playing Liberty at 5PM
  • Hockey will go up against Notre Dame at 7PM


  • Hockey will play Notre Dame again at 4PM
  • Gymnastics will go up against Penn State at 7PM


  • Women’s Tennis will play Miami (OH) at 10AM and then also Bowling Green at 2PM
  • Wrestling will take on Illinois at 2PM
  • Women’s Basketball will play Michigan at 3PM