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Michigan State University’s major governing body held its first official public meeting with interim president John Engler today.

Students were not about to let Engler and the Board of Trustees forget that they don’t want them there.

The Board and Engler tried to keep the meeting ‘business as usual’. Though several members acknowledged calls by students and faculty to step down.

Michigan is a signature away from forgiving all of the state’s driver responsibility fees. That’s over 600 million dollars in outstanding fees. This is part of a deal struck between the Legislature and the governor.

Some lawmakers in Lansing want to overhaul how three major universities select their governing bodies.

This would bring those schools in line with the state’s other twelve public universities.

Three university boards are picked via an election. The measure would amend the constitution so those university boards are appointed by the governor. Which is how the other 12 public universities pick their governing bodies.

But the measure would have to, eventually, be voted on in a general election.

Michigan State University wants to improve communication among its medical colleges and clinics.

School officials announced a restructuring at the school today.

The school plans to make two new appointments. They’ll provide oversight to the colleges and clinics. The idea is that these new positions will points of communication among the colleges to help them learn from each other and utilize resources. 


People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings – if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law.

Last December, Jeffrey Willis was sentenced for murdering a woman while she was out jogging. He asked to leave the courtroom before the victim’s family gave their impact statements. The judge agreed.

Republican Representative Holly Hughes is a bill sponsor. She says Willis never should have been allowed to leave the courtroom.


Michigan State University’s Faculty Senate will hold a no confidence vote in the school’s Board of Trustees tomorrow.

The vote is, in part, the result of the Board’s appointment of former governor John Engler.

Michigan State University senior Alondra Alvizo says she hopes the faculty votes in favor of asking the board to resign.

“Although it’s mostly a symbolic vote, I think it very accurately represents our community at this point.”

Some lawmakers in Lansing want to use an A through F grading system to rate schools in some categories.

This isn’t the first time an A through F system has been considered.

Lawmakers and even the governor have pushed for an A through F grading system for a while now. They say it’s an easy way to show how schools are doing.

But recently, the state adopted a system that shows a lot of details about each public school. A new bill would keep that system but include A through F grades for some things.

Students and faculty continue to pressure on Michigan State University officials to resign.

Surrounded by trees covered in teal tulle – the color of sexual assault survivors – marchers called on top officials to resign.  They’re frustrated with how the school handles sexual assault complaints.

As MSU tries to right itself in the wake of disgraced former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar’s conviction for sexual assault– students and faculty feel the administration isn’t listening to them.

Laura Mortensen is a junior.

A major energy company will face a state commission about its improper shutoffs. The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing against DTE Energy.

DTE experienced some problems recently when it transitioned to a new billing system. About 5-thousand people had their service shut off without proper notice. DTE says as soon as it realized the error, it restored power to all customers cut during that time period – just to be safe.

   But now the company will have to explain what went wrong.

Meridian township apologized to an alleged victim of Larry Nassar today. The department says they mishandled a complaint brought against the former sports doctor in 2004.

Last week, Doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually assaulting patients. Brianne Randall-Gay told Meridian Township police in 2004 about an appointment she had with Nassar where he touched her genitals. But they believed Nassar when he said it was medical treatment.

Randall-Gay says working with the township has been healing for her.