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The State – 03/22/24

Today’s weather forecast is predicting snow with a high of 35 degrees and a low of 24 degrees. For the rest of the weekend, it looks like it will be mid to higher 30s with sunshine and clouds mixed.

MSU trustees Vassar, Denno can still vote at meetings, but won’t receive perks

The structure of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees was upended on March 3, when the board voted to refer two of its own to the governor for potential removal and to strip them of their duties.

Over two weeks since the historic, late-night Sunday vote, MSU now has information on precisely what that means.

While embattled trustees Rema Vassar and Dennis Denno can still attend meetings and vote, they’ll miss out on several perks, according to an MSU spokesperson.

These suspensions last until Dec. 31, 2024, when the board’s term ends.

The board barred Vassar and Denno from “participating in all board-related activities,” excluding their duties as publicly elected officials.

But Vassar and Denno can still attend formal and informal meetings and vote, MSU spokesperson Mark Bullion said. That includes meetings for their previous committee assignments, although they’ve been stripped of their formal roles within them.

Vassar and Denno will no longer receive many of the official perks that come with being a trustee. Bullion said they “will not be provided tickets or be reimbursed for expenses to attend any games or events.”

They also won’t be reimbursed for any conference registration fees and travel expenses, Bullion said.

From ‘Dawn ‘Til Dusk’: Student fashion magazine VIM hosts annual spring fashion show

MSU’s student fashion magazine, VIM, hosted their annual spring fashion show at the Passant Theatre in the Wharton Center last Thursday night.

The show featured 38 student designers and 125 student models. The theme was Dawn ‘Til Dusk’ with the show split into two halves, the first of which featured daytime looks with lighter color palettes and the second of which showcased looks tailored to nighttime.

To begin the first half of the show, a preview clip was played for the audience, made and directed by members of VIM’s film team. Then, when intermission came and the daytime models and designers were done walking, another video played, previewing the nighttime half of the show. Prior to the show, Fashion Relations Business Director Carli Pitello said these videos would completely transform the show itself.

The entire show was organized, directed and designed by students. Pitello said this was an important part of the event and the work that VIM is doing.

The show was a culmination of all the work that VIM, their directors, their designers and all of the other teams put in over the course of the school year.

MSU alumnus Patrick Harris II discusses humanity-centered teaching in NCTE speaker series

In the latest installment of speaker series, the Michigan State University Chapter of The National Council of Teachers of English, or NCTE, held a lecture by award-winning educator, author and MSU alumni Patrick Harris II. During the event, Harris spoke about his book, “The First Five: A Love Letter to Teachers,” and shared his experiences working at various districts in the U.S., as well as overseas.

Harris, who identifies as “unapologetically” Black and queer, noted that Black men make up 1.3% of the workforce. Despite this statistic, he said, his key to success was through honoring sacred identities and stories that make up his humanity, and bringing them to the classroom instead of leaving them at home.

Throughout the lecture, he called for students to contemplate their ideal teaching scenarios and stressed the importance of educators prioritizing individuality within their job.

Additionally, Harris urged education students to carefully and intentionally choose what kind of school they settle on–whether private, public or otherwise–to ensure a proper fit.

Lastly, Harris told students to remember that schools are uniquely positioned to model change. More specifically, he said, the change they wish to see in the world.

Based on original reporting by Theo Scheer, Hannah Locke and Stella Govitz.

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 take on Nebraska at 6 P.M. at the Indoor Tennis Center.


  • Gymnastics will compete in the B1G Championships at 5:30 P.M. at Jenison Field House.
  • Hockey will end off the night playing in the B1G Championship Game against Michigan at 8 P.M. at Munn Ice Arena.


  • Men’s Tennis will go up against Wisconsin at 12 P.M. at the Indoor Tennis Center.
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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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