Michigan State University

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Michigan State Univeritiy Interim President John Engler announced the appointment of Bill Beekman as MSU's athletic director on Monday morning. Beekman took over for Mark Hollis back in February, after Hollis stepped down in light of the Larry Nassar scandal. Beekman will now oversee MSU's 25 varsity sports teams and will relinquish his position as secretary fo the Board of Trustees. 

Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center in East Lansing is making way for the King this week… “The Lion King,” that is, the final show of their 2017-18 season. Disney’s Broadway classic also helps the Wharton Center prepare for some summertime improvements, as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned.


Current Sports | July 6, 2018

Jul 6, 2018
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Michigan State University; Nicholas Wittner; NHL Super Teams; Toronto Maple Leafs; Tampa Bay Lightning; MLB Pennant Races; Reflection Friday


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Michigan State University scientists are using sunlight and bacteria to produce biodegradable plastics.

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Michigan State University has hired an attorney who defended the school against sexual assault lawsuits to head the office handling sexual assault complaints, sparking pushback from victim advocates.

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"It's Sparty Time!" announces 9-year-old host Sailor, as popular Michigan State University mascot Sparty leads a group of kids through jumping jacks. 

MSU Trustees Dianne Byrum (L) and Melanie Foster will be leading the search for the next university president.
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The tumultuous era of Michigan State University interim president John Engler is expected to end by June 2019.

 


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Allegations of sexual abuse carried out over decades by team physicians at Michigan State and Ohio State are sending ripples through university athletics departments, with some schools exploring whether more oversight is needed for figures in such powerful positions.

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler talks about what he feels he has accomplished in his time leading MSU, what he wants alumni to know that they may not be hearing, what he hears most from faculty, students and alumni, MSU's new two-year budget, the search for a permanent president, what alumni who want to help can do, and more.

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Michigan State University and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancements and internet-based connectivity.

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Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State University's new general counsel, appointed to help deal with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were fired for cause.

Engler being interviewed
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Emails show the interim president of Michigan State University criticized lawyers who represent Larry Nassar's assault victims and said a former gymnast was probably was getting a "kickback" from her attorney.

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Michigan State University is dropping a remedial math course that doesn't count toward an undergraduate degree and covers material that students were supposed to have mastered in high school.

Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

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Former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher and ex-Michigan State running back Todd T.J. Duckett have been selected for induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

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