Michigan State University

‘It’s scary, but I know it will come back’: Michigan theaters struggle after going dark during pandemic

BY: - August 31, 2020

Performing arts centers all across the nation have had to cancel and postpone scheduled performances since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March. With little to no revenue coming in from ticket sales, many theaters are struggling financially, and the future of live performances is still unclear. “We all thought we’d be back in a […]

MSU adopted remote learning. Will other Michigan colleges follow suit?

BY: - August 19, 2020

Weeks after Michigan State University officials said that students who are able should stay at home for the fall semester, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. abruptly announced Tuesday that the university will be switching fully to online-only, remote instruction. The decision, made just two weeks before fall classes are slated to begin, is the […]

COVID-19 prompts MSU to switch to remote classes 2 weeks ahead of fall semester start

BY: - August 19, 2020

Two weeks before its fall classes start date, Michigan State University told students it is switching all undergraduate courses to online-only instruction and asked undergraduate students to stay home and work remotely. The notification came in a Tuesday afternoon email from Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MSU’s president and a biomedical researcher.  “Effective immediately, we are […]

MSU converting residence hall to COVID-19 isolation housing

BY: - July 21, 2020

Michigan State University is designating one of its residence halls as isolation housing for students infected with or exposed to COVID-19 during the academic year, according to an internal email. Last week, the university’s Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) division sent an email noting the change to students assigned to live in Akers Hall, a […]

MSU, U of M coaches join Whitmer’s ‘Mask Up’ campaign as COVID-19 cases climb

BY: - July 15, 2020

Prominent head coaches from two flagship Michigan universities joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a Wednesday news conference in an effort to encourage Michiganders to “mask up” as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the state. The effort comes as Michigan on Wednesday reported 891 new cases and four deaths, the highest number of daily cases […]

Survivors say DeVos Title IX rules may have let MSU off the hook

BY: - June 23, 2020

Michigan survivor advocates joined U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) during a Monday roundtable to discuss the upcoming implementation of a new federal Title IX final rule handed down in May by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted the roundtable to talk about potential harm posed to survivors by the […]

Pandemic causing ‘major decline’ in low-income college student enrollment

BY: - June 3, 2020

Some Michigan colleges have seen a “major decline” in enrollment of low-income, Pell-eligible first-year students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to higher education officials who spoke Wednesday before members of a state House subcommittee. Students with families making about $50,000 or less a year are not enrolling at the same rates because of pandemic-caused […]

MSU doc races to create a faster COVID-19 test

BY: - April 6, 2020

As Michigan has risen to being third in the nation for most COVID-19 cases, a Michigan State University doctor is developing a test for the virus that could have results in 15 minutes.  Across the state, many residents with symptoms have said they can’t get a test due to a shortage. With the exception of […]

Colleges open campuses to hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - March 25, 2020

Colleges and universities are offering spaces like arenas, dorms and parking lots to overloaded Michigan hospitals as more people continue to contract COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus.  As previously reported by the Advance, there are now 2,295 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 43 people have died because of the disease.  Oakland University […]

Nessel fights price gouging on the ‘worst St. Patrick’s Day ever’

BY: - March 18, 2020

A box of gloves cost $19. A package of toilet paper will set you back $40. These are some of the complaints coming into the Michigan attorney general’s office consumer protection hotline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Advance sat down with Attorney General Dana Nessel Tuesday evening just before she took a […]

Michigan now has 33 coronavirus cases, many bars still jammed for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

BY: - March 15, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Saturday evening that eight adults tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. A statewide coronavirus hotline will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the […]

Coronavirus now a pandemic, causes Michigan school closures

BY: - March 11, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now appeared in Michigan and is already having a significant impact on day-to-day life. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared that the spread of COVID-19 has become a pandemic. “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. … We have never before seen […]