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The State – 02/16/24

Today’s weather forecast is predicting cloudy skies with a high of 32 degrees and a low of 18 degrees. For the rest of the weekend, it looks like it will be pretty cloudy with a small amount of sunshine showing on Sunday and temps in the higher 20s and low 30s.

Spartan Upcycle Fridays encourage sustainability, community

Michigan State University’s Surplus Store and Recycling Center aims to engage students in crafting and recycling through its bimonthly Spartan Upcycle Friday program.

The store hosted its third upcycling event of the semester last Friday, themed do-it-yourself Valentines and silly stuffed creatures, where students could craft their own stuffed animal using unsold clothes from the Surplus Store. The center provided step-by-step instructions, as well as access to sewing machines and materials. Students could also craft Valentine’s Day cards, color or work on other projects in the space.

MSU Surplus Store Education Coordinator Katie Deska said the Spartan Upcycle program started after COVID-19 and has continued as a way to introduce students to the practice of creative reuse.

The Surplus Store is a fully functional facility, Deska said, but tying what it does back to students is always a priority.

There will be two more themed upcycling events this semester, bottle terrariums and linocut stamps, as well as the opportunity to utilize free resources during open crafting times. For a full list of events can be found at the Spartan Upcycle website.

MSU Memorial Tree honors shooting victims, students who died during academic year

A year after the Feb. 13 shooting, only one permanent memorial honoring the students who were killed graces Michigan State University’s campus – the 2022-23 Student Memorial Tree.

Every year since 2013, a memorial tree has been planted on campus to honor the students who passed away during the academic year, from July 1 through June 30. MSU plants the trees, along with a plaque featuring the students’ names and the phrase, “Always a Spartan.” Each of the families or guardians also receive a sapling from the particular tree planted in their student’s honor.

According to Assistant Vice President for Student Involvement and Leadership Dr. Allyn Shaw, the university has established a committee tasked with planning a permanent memorial for the victims of the shooting, using money from the Spartan Together fund. Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, also plans to dedicate a bench to the three students.

Based on original reporting by Lauren Coin and Kendra Gilchrist.

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

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


  • Women’s Tennis will take on the University of Southern California at 5 P.M. at the MSU Tennis Center
  • Wrestling will go up against Ohio State at 7 P.M. at Jenison Field House.


  • Women’s Tennis will take on Xavier at 11 A.M.
  • Gymnastics will vs. Maryland at 2 P.M. at Jenison Field House.
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Rachel Fulton, Podcast Director/News Producer
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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