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The State – 09/14/23


Today’s weather forecast is predicting mostly sunny skies with a high of 70 degrees and a low of 47 degrees.


Harlon Barnett introduced as MSU Football acting head coach during Tuesday press conference

It has been a significant past few days for Michigan State Football following their 45-14 victory over Richmond last Saturday night.

In a press conference on Sunday, MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller announced the immediate suspension of Mel Tucker without pay. Tucker is scheduled for a Title IX hearing, which will take place Oct. 5-6.

During the Sunday press conference, Haller also announced that Secondary Coach Harlon Barnett will serve as the acting head coach.

The Spartans will take on No. 8 Washington this Saturday in their first game under their new acting head coach. Barnett will look to lead the charge in a very impactful game early in the season in his new role.

“I am really very very very excited about this upcoming week and this opportunity to show what I got,” Barnett said.

Another choice that Haller decided to make was to bring back former MSU Football head coach Mark Dantonio. Haller announced at the press conference on Sunday that he would be hiring Dantonio as an Associate Head Coach and that he will have a coaching headset on during games.

When the news of the hire broke to Barnett, he said he was excited because he knows what Dantonio can bring to the program.

In light of a dramatic change, it can be hard to shift one’s focus so quickly after. Barnett knows he has a significant game on Saturday against the Huskies, which is why he made it his priority to meet with all players and staff as soon as possible.

There is a lot of uncertainty going forward for Barnett and the program following the outcome of the coaching situation, but Barnett is excited for the opportunity and will look to give all he has to the Spartan community.


Broad Art Museum showcases new exhibits at fall opening party

The Broad Art Museum kicked off the year with its fall opening party last Friday. The event, which was open to the public, celebrated the new school year and the introduction of four new exhibits through food, music and art-related activities.

The event also featured speeches from Michigan Speaker of the House Joe Tate, MSU Interim President Teresa Woodruff, and MSU Broad Art Museum Interim Director Steven Bridges.

“You see people of all different ages, races, and ethnicities coming together,” Bridges said, referring to the importance of having spaces like the Broad Art Museum on a college campus.

During Woodruff’s remarks, she spoke about the importance of the arts on campus, calling MSU’s investments “the most significant investment in the arts in the Big Ten.”

As part of their ongoing commitment to the arts, Broad will also be unveiling The Center for Object Research and Engagement (CORE), an educational space that seeks to further integrate the arts with object-based learning. The CORE will open in November, housing a new collection of permanent pieces of artwork.

Since most of the exhibits at the museum were opened over the summer, the fall opening was an introduction to the exhibits, with Tate speaking about “Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights,” where he encouraged attendees to pay attention to “how art can shape our society and how we can continue to work together.”

The other three new exhibits are titled “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection.”, “Andrea Canepa: As we dwell in the fold,” and “Shouldn’t You Be Working? 100 Years of Working from Home.”


‘Its impact is with us’: City of Lansing hosts 9/11 memorial service

Twenty-two years ago on Monday, America held its breath when two planes crashed into the World Trade Centers. 2997 lives were lost on that dreadful morning.

On Monday, the city of Lansing hosted a memorial service to honor the lives lost and the bravery of not only first responders but the citizens of the United States. Key members at the memorial included Lansing Mayor, Andy Schor, and first responders from across the city.

Mike Tobin, assistant fire chief for the city of Lansing, has spoken at the memorial for the past ten years. Tobin is a key piece to the memorial service, and for him, the tragic events of 9/11 hit close to home.

The perspective Tobin shared is an optimistic one. He reinforced that 9/11 should not only be remembered for the fateful event that occurred but also for the resilience of our nation and the actions of the American people.

Tobin said 9/11 is one of the most video-documented events in the history of the U.S., urging individuals to understand the significance of the day.

As the years have passed, he also pointed out that the attendance of the Lansing memorial slowly unfortunately decreases.


Based on original reporting by Jacob Smith, Emilio Perez Ibarguen, Lauren Coin, Jack Williams and Colin Duffy.

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Rachel (she/her/hers) is a junior at MSU studying Journalism with a minor in Broadcasting. She found her love for radio in high school, where she was the News Director and a DJ for 89.5 WAHS Avondale Community Radio. She has been with the Impact since her Freshman year where she has continued as the News Producer for The State podcast and now our Podcasts Director. Her love for radio turned into love for Podcasting as outside of the Impact she is the Associate Producer for Lauren LoGrasso’s award-winning podcast “Unleash Your Inner Creative.” On her free time, Rachel loves to workout, swim, and cheer on her boyfriend Zack who coaches for MSU Football. “Let me fade into flashing lights”

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