The State – 03/01/23

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow in the morning and remaining mostly cloudy in the afternoon with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 31 degrees.

Big Ten announces Michigan State-Minnesota game won’t be rescheduled

Michigan State men’s basketball’s game against Minnesota will not be rescheduled and will be declared a no-contest, according to a statement from MSU Athletics Monday afternoon.

The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 15. However, the mass shooting on MSU’s campus two days prior forced a postponement.

“I’ve been disappointed in the way it’s been handled at the Big Ten office,” Michigan State head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo said. “I did not think it was very aggressively handled early.”

The game against the Golden Gophers presented an opportunity for MSU to climb just a little bit closer to the tournament double-bye guaranteed to the top four teams in the Big Ten standings.

MSU’s gun policy explained

Following the Feb. 13 shooting on MSU’s campus, Michiganders have discussed gun policies both on and off campus. Last week, the Rock on Farm Lane was painted with a message demanding students be allowed to carry guns on campus for protection. On the other hand, there have been several protests at the Capitol demanding stricter gun control.

A statement from the university General Counsel and university communications explains MSU’s policy prohibits students and employees from “openly carrying a firearm on all property owned and governed by the university.” Additionally, no MSU student or employee can possess any firearm on campus, regardless of whether or not an individual has a Concealed Pistol License.

No person — regardless of affiliation with the university — is allowed to “carry a concealed firearm in buildings on campus or buildings owned and governed by MSU.”

Although no one can possess a gun inside of a university-owned building or entertainment venue, members of the general public who have a valid permit are allowed to carry in outdoor public spaces, as stated in a Board of Trustees ordinance.

This policy is because the university cannot be more restrictive in its gun policies than state law is. According to the statement, current Michigan law says “it is legal for a person to carry a firearm in public as long as the person is carrying the firearm with lawful intent and the firearm is not concealed.”

The state law contains limitations, one of which applies to MSU, but not the entirety of campus. The law states that no one can possess firearms in dorms and classrooms at colleges and universities.

Comedy for a cause: Women’s Center for Greater Lansing hosts comedy show

The Women’s Center for Greater Lansing hosted a fundraiser called We Laugh Comedy Show, which featured seven volunteer comics, a dinner that was included with the entry fee and a silent auction.

The show took place at UrbanBeat in Old Town Lansing this past Saturday and the proceeds from the event went directly into the programs that the Women’s Center offers, which include help with financial independence, resume assistance, interview preparation and counseling.

Women’s Center Executive Director Rebecca Kasen has worked at the center for roughly four months. She said she was both nervous and excited about the event, since it was the first one that she has run. For her, working at the Women’s Center has always been about female empowerment and supporting women that need assistance.

The host of the event was Pat Sievert, who has been a comic for 11 years. He performs largely in the Midwest but has traveled as far as Alaska and California to act.

Sievert helped seek out the comics for the event, and said he tried to recruit people he thought would see the benefit of helping the center. For him, the night was about the audience and making sure they enjoyed the show.

In the end, Kasen was impressed with the number of people that showed up in support of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. She believes that the center supports women in ways that are needed in the Lansing community, and the help that the people who came to the event will greatly benefit the center and the programs they provide.

Based on original reporting by Alex Faber, Amalia Medina and PJ Pfeiffer.