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Hundreds gather to voice opposition to MSU

Feb 2, 2018
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

The pressure on Michigan State University to overhaul its administration continued last night. Hundreds gathered to voice their opposition and frustration with the school in a townhall-style event.

Students, especially, yelled and cried as they told a Board of Trustee member that the school isn’t listening to them. That they don’t feel safe on campus.

Spartan Stadium
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The NCAA has opened an investigation into Michigan State University's role in the Larry Nassar scandal.

This comes as the number of accusers is up to 265. 

At the same time, ESPN reports allegations of a pattern of mishandled sexual assault cases involving Spartan football and basketball players  – allegations that football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo are still struggling to clearly address.

Dan Martel raising his fist
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

Former Governor John Engler spent his first day as interim president of Michigan State University dealing with campus controversy over the appointment.

It’s been one week since long-time MSU president Lou Anna Simon stepped down in the face of criticism over how the school handled complaints of sexual abuse by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The university’s board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of Engler. But both students and faculty voiced opposition to the choice. They said a politician with no academic leadership experience was not the way to go.

John Engler's challenge

Jan 31, 2018
Former Governor John Engler
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Twenty-seven years ago, Jim Blanchard and State Senate Majority Leader John Engler ran against each other in one of the most dramatic gubernatorial elections in Michigan history. Blanchard, the incumbent, was heavily favored. But in the biggest upset in state political history, John Engler won a narrow victory and went on to serve three terms.

Joint Congress
The White House

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address last night. He made references to the auto industry in Michigan and took credit for some jobs moving to the region.

Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the parts of the speech relevant to Michigan residents.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into MSU's handling of abuse allegations against Larry Nassar is focusing in these early days on three former staff members.

The special prosecutor's investigation has ordered the school to produce all emails and records for three close Nassar associates: his boss, former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel; former women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages; and Dr. Brooke Lemmen, a co-worker who thought of Nassar as her mentor.

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Larry Nassar's final criminal sentencing starts Wednesday. The former Michigan State University and Olympic sports doctor has already received what amounts to two life sentences. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for possessing tens of thousands of images of child pornography and another 40-175 years in state prison for sexually abusing young athletes. Nassar is 54 years old.

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Many survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse don’t just blame him. They also blame MSU officials for failing to act even after multiple complaints.

The scandal forced MSU President Lou Anna Simon to step down last week, followed by Athletic Director Mark Hollis, and there could be more resignations coming.

The school’s Board of Trustees has also come under withering attack for actions that seemed to focus more on limiting the school’s culpability than on supporting victims.

“My voice should have been louder much sooner..." says MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum. She adds that she’s learned from this horrible experience.

Former Governor John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler will named as the interim president at Michigan State University.

Michigan Radio has confirmed that the MSU Board of Trustees will vote to appoint Engler on Wednesday.

Engler takes on the post at a difficult time for the university as it reels from the fallout of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Multiple investigations of the university are underway, including by Attorney General Bill Schuette and the NCAA.

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MSU

In an investigative report this weekend, ESPN brought attention to a number of previously unreported allegations of sexual misconduct within the Michigan State University football and basketball programs. The report also detailed how the university handled accusations of sexual assault against football and basketball players differently than it did for the rest of the student population.

Mark Dantonio at a podium
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

 

An ESPN report over the weekend reveals a long-time pattern of denial, lack of action, and allegations of incidents involving Spartan football and basketball players.

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It is the most challenging time in the history of Michigan State University.

As MSU becomes the focus of a cascade of allegations regarding sexual abuse on campus, including accusations against members of the football and basketball teams, the school is also on a high-speed search for an interim president following the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon.

Michigan State University Police opened an investigation last year into allegations that then-women’s gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, and other MSU Athletic Department staff obstructed the criminal investigation into Larry Nassar.

The Larry Nassar trials are over and the final round of sentencing hearings begin this week in Eaton County. More and more attention now is turning to East Lansing and how the top echelons at Michigan State University allowed an environment for this abuse to happen and continue.

And because the MSU Board of Trustees is elected statewide, the university’s handling of the situation is going to be a political issue in the 2018 elections.

MSU needs a president who can restore trust

Jan 29, 2018
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MSU

In recent days, I’ve heard people affiliated with various other universities say how glad they are not to be at Michigan State. Parents whose children go to MSU are worried. Not about sexual molestation, but about the school’s reputation.

Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley
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Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is calling on Michigan State University to establish a fund to compensate victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

Calley tells the Detroit Free Press that the fund "will likely need hundreds of millions of dollars."

Bill Schuette

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is conducting an investigation into how much Michigan State University officials knew about claims of sexual abuse by patients of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Schuette, who is running for governor, told reporters Saturday that "it is abundantly clear that a full and complete investigation of what happened at Michigan State from the president's office down is required."

The investigation is being led by independent special prosecutor and retired Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, with assistance from the Michigan State Police.  Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi has been named project manager.

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

This week, former Michigan State University sports Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Two top MSU officials have since resigned, and investigations into the school are stacking up.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what could be just the beginning of MSU's troubles.


Daniel Howes / Detroit News

Michigan’s Big Three universities have a big problem, and it starts in the boardroom.

Michigan is the only state in the country that elects its major university trustees by at-large statewide ballots. They don’t represent districts.

Few have the sharp business acumen needed to govern multi-billion dollar institutions. And as the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal in East Lansing shows, it doesn’t hold them accountable, either.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is considering whether to launch an inquiry into Michigan State University in the wake of the sentencing of one of the school's sports doctors who sexually assaulted women and girls.

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A Detroit Free Press story revealed some interesting perks in the contract of now-resigned Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Some of them are lifetime benefits like free tickets for her and her husband to MSU sporting events.

Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

The same day that Michigan State University’s Title IX office cleared Larry Nassar of sexual abuse in July of 2014, a confidential version of the school’s report was sent to both Nassar and his boss, Dr. William Strampel, who has since stepped down as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michigan State names acting president

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University has named its vice president to serve as acting president in the wake of Lou Ann Simon's resignation over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis steps down

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis has stepped down in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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I’ve been wondering aloud for more than a year why the Larry Nassar case was not getting national attention. Well, it finally did, and it wasn’t pretty.

Dr. Nassar pled guilty to sexually assaulting ten girls and young women. But his victims numbered more than 100, many of them athletes at Michigan State University.

Let’s be clear: Michigan State is not merely a good school. It is a world-class research university. Everyone I know who went there loved it.

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Sue Carter has been on the faculty at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism since 1991.

 

Until yesterday, she also served as the MSU Faculty Athletic Representative.

 

Carter resigned that position just hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced, and just hours before President Simon resigned.

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Matt Friedman is co-founder of Tanner-Friedman, a Michigan-based public relations firm. He's worked with universities in the past, and says Lou Anna Simon's resignation letter has accomplished a PR first: it's worsened MSU's crisis.

Morgan McCaul
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

“But alas, Larry, you are merely a symptom of a sickness which plagues the very core of Michigan State University, threatening every little girl who steps foot on that campus. A culture of sexual abuse, and the perverse, deliberate inaction to hold predators accountable.”

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

We should find out next week how Michigan’s attorney general plans to investigate Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar affair.

The former MSU doctor was sentenced this week to a minimum of 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting young women seeking care for sports injuries. 

Lou Anna Simon
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has resigned.

In a letter sent to the MSU Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Simon described her commitment to putting MSU first.

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