The State – 3/26/21

Haley Sinclair

Parents, students react to in-person classes this fall – Melanie Soverinsky

Students, parents, and faculty members have an overwhelmingly positive reaction to President Stanley’s announcement that about 75% of undergraduate classes will be back in-person next fall.

The university is currently brainstorming what will become of the remaining 25% of hybrid and online classes.

Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said in a statement, “We are doing our best to reduce the sizes of those large classes and offer part of them online. We’ve also learned from students over the course of the pandemic that many want the flexibility offered by synchronous and asynchronous online courses, so we are increasing our online offerings as well”

However, some suspect the decision might have been made too soon, citing the premature announcement of on-campus options last year, leaving some to ponder if it was a smart decision.

Some parents have expressed that MSU needs to breakdown which classes will be held in person and what classes will be in hybrid formats.

Bipartisan group of state legislators call on BOT to cooperate with AG investigationJared Ramsey

A bipartisan group of state legislators are pushing for the release of the 6,000 documents regarding the Larry Nassar investigation. The Michigan Legislature sent a letter to MSU’s Board of Trustees, “strongly urging” for the release of the documents.

The letter was signed by 47 representatives of the House and Senate. Rep. Julie Brixie said in a press release, “Full transparency is essential to this investigation, and an impartial investigation is essential to restoring public trust.”

Brixie said that the entire MSU community deserves the transparency and the Board can make sure this happens.

The final deadline, March 26, is approaching quickly. If the documents are not given over, the investigation would have to come to an end without a proper conclusion.

ICHD stresses importance of youth vaccination, Michigan reaches highest positivity rate of 2021Myesha Johnson

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail disclosed 36% of COVID-19 cases for the county are within the 16-25 age group.

Vail noted the age range includes individuals outside of MSU and also those that do not attend college.

79.2% of community members who are aged 65 and older have been vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine. The county currently has a 9.8% positivity rate.

Michigan experienced a 12% positivity rate on March 22, its highest rate of 2021.

Vail attributed the county’s positivity rate increase is likely due to a decrease in testing.

Script: Chandra Fleming