Michigan State University

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Interim MSU Prez 'Makes Catholic Bishops Look Enlightened'

Backlash follows John Engler's comments on assault survivors

(Newser) - The last thing Michigan State University needs is another controversy. Its interim president has created one anyway with comments suggesting some of Larry Nassar's sexual assault victims crave the spotlight. "In some ways [survivors who haven't been in the spotlight] have been able to deal with this... More »

Larry Nassar Shocks in Jailhouse Interview

Seems he was never really sorry

(Newser) - A scathing new report paints Larry Nassar as unrepentant and Michigan State University as dodging the long arm of the law, CNN reports. Released Friday, the Michigan Attorney General's Office report is an update on its probe into MSU's handling of Nassar's shocking history of sexual abuse.... More »

Lawyer on Charges Against Ex-MSU President: 'Baseless'

Lou Anna Simon accused of making false or misleading statements in Larry Nassar case

(Newser) - She was the first woman president at Michigan State University, but her career there ended in the aftermath of Larry Nassar . Now Lou Anna Simon has a new problem to deal with: The Lansing State Journal reports she's the third person from MSU to be hit with charges from... More »

Suit: MSU Knew About Video of Nassar Raping Teen in 1992

Former athletic director George Perles accused in cover-up

(Newser) - Michigan State University had knowledge of a videotape showing Larry Nassar raping a 17-year-old field hockey player some 25 years before his downfall, according to a new lawsuit. The federal suit filed Monday on behalf of several plaintiffs specifically describes Erika Davis visiting the MSU sports doctor for help with... More »

MSU Physicist Charged With 'Crime Against Nature'

He's accused of molesting a basset hound

(Newser) - After the Larry Nassar case and rape allegations involving basketball players , the last thing Michigan State University needed was a bestiality scandal—but here we are. Joseph Hattey, a 51-year-old MSU physicist, has been charged with two counts of "committing a crime against nature," the Lansing State Journal... More »

Student Says MSU Protected 3 Athletes Who Raped Her

The woman is suing, says she was told to 'just get yourself better'

(Newser) - A former sports journalism major says she was raped by three Michigan State basketball players in one of several sexual assault allegations to come out of MSU's athletics program and the third brought against basketball players since 2010, the Detroit Free Press reports. The then-18-year-old woman says three unidentified... More »

Larry Nassar's Boss Charged With Groping Female Students

Former Michigan State dean William Strampel charged

(Newser) - The sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University widened Tuesday when authorities charged a former dean not only with failing to keep sports doctor Larry Nassar in line but with sexually harassing female students and pressuring them for nude selfies, the AP reports. William Strampel, 70, is the first person... More »

Boss Who Reinstated Larry Nassar Is Arrested

William Strampel was dean of Michigan State University's osteopathic medical school

(Newser) - For the bulk of the time Larry Nassar worked for Michigan State University's osteopathic medical school, William Strampel was the dean of that school. Now, another shared experience for the men: Strampel, 70, was arrested Monday on charges that have not yet been made public. A press conference is... More »

MSU President Quits After Nassar Sentenced

Lou Anna Simon denies there was a cover-up

(Newser) - The "death warrant" a judge delivered to disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar on Wednesday also marked the end of Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon's career. The university's first female president said she was resigning because "as tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable," and... More »

More Than 150 Victims Came Forward. Here's What They Said

Everything you need to know as Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years

(Newser) - "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting," McKayla Maroney told Larry Nassar during his seven-day sentencing hearing, which concluded Wednesday with a sentence of up to 175 years in prison... More »

Report: School Got 1st Warning About Nassar Decades Ago

'He wasn’t stopped by a single person who could have, and should have, stopped him'

(Newser) - In 1997, Larissa Boyce told the head gymnastics coach at Michigan State University that sports doctor Larry Nassar had molested her during treatment. She says she was told she "must be misunderstanding what was going on." Over the next two decades—until Nassar's arrest in 2016—at... More »

Michigan State Blocks White Nationalists, Gets Sued

Richard Spencer couldn't get a conference room

(Newser) - Michigan State University is being taken to federal court for denying white supremacist Richard Spencer a chance to speak on campus. Attorney Kyle Bristow, former president of the MSU chapter of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom group, accuses the university of violating the First and Fourteenth amendments by refusing... More »

Talking to Yourself Can Actually Be a Good Thing

When done in your head, in the third person

(Newser) - Talking to yourself doesn't mean you're crazy. In fact, the habit might be downright smart. That's the takeaway from a new study in Scientific Reports , which involved two separate experiments. In the first, researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan monitored the brain activity... More »

How Empathetic Are Americans? Meh

US ranks 7th of 63 countries in first-time ranking

(Newser) - Americans aren't the worst by far, but we could use some help in the empathy department, a new study finds. A ranking of "the ability to understand and share the feelings of others" in 63 countries found the US in seventh place, Science Daily reports, behind Saudi Arabia.... More »

Michigan Braces for Stench of 'Corpse Flower'

Rare tropical bloom smells like death

(Newser) - The stench of death will soon hang heavy in Michigan and it's nothing to do with Detroit: The world's biggest and smelliest flower is expected to bloom at Michigan State University, giving off a stench that those who have smelled the "corpse flower" liken to rotting flesh... More »

2 Michigan Shootings Leave One Student Dead, 2 Hurt

Killing doesn't appear 'random': police

(Newser) - One of two students shot in their apartment near the Michigan State University campus died this morning at an area hospital of multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The dead student was identified as 20-year-old Dominique Nolff, of Middleville in western Michigan. He was pronounced dead at 9:23 am, about... More »

Evolution Frowns on Selfish Jerks

They're doomed in the long run, study says

(Newser) - It took a study involving hundreds of thousands of game simulations and fancy phrases such as "zero-determinant strategy" to prove mom's advice was right all along: Be nice. The study by researchers at Michigan State University found that cooperation trumps selfishness when it comes to self-preservation, reports the... More »

NFL Star, Actor Bubba Smith Dead at 66

Michigan State legend remembered as gentle giant

(Newser) - Towering former NFL star Bubba Smith has been found dead at his Los Angeles home. The 66-year-old defensive end, who won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts in 1971, forged a successful acting career after his playing days ended, appearing in dozens of TV shows and movies including the... More »

Thong-Addled College Kid in Hot Water

Cops find 79 pairs of undies in Michigan State dorm room

(Newser) - A Michigan State University student got quite the dressing-down last week when police arrested him for stealing thong underwear out of the laundry room—and then found 79 more pairs of presumably pilfered undies in his possession. The suspect, 19, says he did it as a prank, not because of... More »

Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69

(Newser) - Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left,... More »

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