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Clark Vredevoogd

My Spartan Self - Clark Vredevoogd

By Clark Vredevoogd
Published on: September 26th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is Spartan Stadium
P - People are Tom Izzo and Mathias Koller
A - Activity is being a Resident Assistant
R - Ritual or tradition is painting the Rock on Farm Lane
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is cadaver lab
N - Noise on campus is the 'Go Green!' 'Go White!' chants in Spartan Stadium

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Haley Schulz

My Spartan Self - Haley Schulz

By Haley Schulz
Published on: September 26th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the MSU Pavilion
P - People are David Wyrick, Michelle Sidel, Dustin Petty, all of my friends and parents
A - Activity is attending basketball games or participating in Small Animals Day
R - Ritual or tradition is the midnight scream
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is ESA 343: Community Food and Agri Systems
N - Noise on campus is the 'Go Green!' 'Go White!' chants

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D'Andra Sanders

My Spartan Self - D'Andra Sanders

By D'Andra Sanders
Published on: September 25th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the South Neighborhood courtyard and the Botanical Gardens
P - People are Zach Derade, the chefs I work with at Brody Square, Jeff Yingling and Mathias Koller
A - Activity is conferences I attend, football Saturdays and awareness walks
R - Ritual or tradition is March Madness, Relay for Life and Homecoming
T - Time of the year is all of the seasons
A - Academic class is Race, Class and Diversity
N - Noise on campus is the midnight scream, moving in and the Beaumont Tower bells

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Katelyn Prine

My Spartan Self - Katelyn Prine

By Katelyn Prine
Published on: September 25th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is Adams Field on football game days
P - People are my mom and dad
A - Activity is Marching Band, working for Brody REHS, MRULE and giving tours to people that share my love for MSU
R - Ritual or tradition is singing MSU Shadows before game days
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is James Madison Social Policy in London, England
N - Noise on campus is the Alma Mater, kick step drums and Beaumont Tower

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Sarah Noffze

My Spartan Self - Sarah Noffze

By Sarah Noffze
Published on: September 24th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the third floor of Spartan Stadium
P - People are my MSUAA family
A - Activity is the Residential Business Program
R - Ritual or tradition is Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is COM 240: Introduction to Organizational Communication
N - Noise on campus is the sound of a Spartan touchdown

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Jason Murray

My Spartan Self - Jason Murray

By Jason Murray
Published on: September 24th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the second floor of Spartan Stadium
P - People are friends, mentors, coworkers and residents
A - Activity is meeting other Spartans
R - Ritual or tradition is tailgating football games
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is GBL 395
N - Noise on campus is cheering at football games

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Patrick Harris

My Spartan Self - Patrick Harris

By Patrick Harris
Published on: September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the the Multicultural Unity Center
P - People are energetic and enthusiastic freshmen
A - Activity is attending MRULE meetings
R - Ritual or tradition is the midnight scream
T - Time of the year is welcome week
A - Academic class is TE 250: Human Diversity, Power and Opportunity in Social Institutions
N - Noise on campus is the train behind Holden Hall

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Jolisa Brooks

My Spartan Self - Jolisa Brooks

By Jolisa Brooks
Published on: September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the area between Wells Hall and the Delia Koo International Academic Center
P - People are Dr. Rashida Harrison, Brittanie Pruitt, Cydny Henry, Hayden Fennoy and Christen Richardson
A - Activity is is late night
R - Ritual or tradition is the midnight scream
T - Time of the year is is welcome week
A - Academic class is MC 202: Introduction into Public and International Affairs
N - Noise on campus is the band practicing during football season

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Quan Blunt

My Spartan Self - Quan Blunt

By Quan Blunt
Published on: September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is the basement of Owen Hall
P - People are Rhonda Crackel, Jamie Boelstler and Taylor Robinson
A - Activity is volunteering for the Red Cedar River Cleanup
R - Ritual or tradition is afternoon naps
T - Time of the year is spring
A - Academic class is FSC 211: Principles of Food Science
N - Noise on campus is the ringing of bells of Beaumont Tower

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Kevin Adams

My Spartan Self - Kevin Adams

By Kevin Adams
Published on: September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

S - Spot on campus is Munn Ice Arena
P - Person is Laurie Thorp- my mentor and research advisor
A - Activity is night-time soccer on the IM East Fields
R - Ritual or tradition is Green Carpet Day- talking to excited prospective students
T - Time of the year is fall
A - Academic class is SOC 865: Environmental Sociology
N - Noise on campus is the breeze in the horticulture gardens

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Pentwater Homecoming

By Clark Vredevoogd, Sarah Noffze and Jason Murray
Published on: September 4th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

From the moment I walked onto the property of Duane Vernon's lake house in Pentwater, Michigan, one word would not stop popping into my head.

The word? Family...

- Clark Vredevoogd

Being a part of the festivities in Pentwater was an amazing experience! I have always found Spartans wherever I have traveled, but I did not expect to find as much green and white as I did off the coast of Lake Michigan.

Seeing Duane Vernon's S-shaped deck in person and hearing about how it was created was...

- Sarah Noffze

As four of my fellow homecoming court members and I left East Lansing for Pentwater Saturday morning, we had no idea what to expect, but the day turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had at Michigan State University.

When we were lost in Pentwater we were guided by a fellow Spartan...

- Jason Murray

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Patrick Harris

Paving the Way

By Patrick Harris
Published on: August 15th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

When I arrived onto Michigan State University's campus for freshman move-in, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I felt the stereotypical emotions of an incoming freshman such as nervousness, excitement and exhaustion (from all of the shopping, packing and moving, haha). But being a first-generation college student, there were added emotions of anxiety, fear, confusion and feeling completely lost. I am part of a minority group of students who are paving the way, being the FIRST person in their family to go college. My parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles made the choice to go directly to work after high school and not pursue a post-high school degree. So for me, what I thought college would be like was based on movies such as the horror film "The Roommate" and the Spike Lee classic "School Daze" and television shows such as "A Different World" and "Sister Sister".

Being a first generation college student has its challenges...

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D'Andra Sanders

Started from the Bottom

By D'Andra Sanders
Published on: July 9th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

I've always dreamed of being a Spartan ever since I was in the eighth grade visiting the campus only to attend a play at the Auditorium. I remember the exact day and time I received my acceptance letter from MSU. My mother was waiting for my arrival at home from volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. She greeted me at the door with a weird smile and hurried me to the dinner table where the letter was at. I didn't even read the entire letter after I saw that one famous word "Congratulations". But who would have thought that reading that letter at 8:09 p.m., Jan. 24, 2010 at that I would be on the 2014-15 Homecoming Court?

Walking into that interview for court, I did not know what to expect. I know prior to my interview, I thought long about what MSU has done for me, about all of the struggles and mishaps that has led me to that interview that day...

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Homecoming Court

By Jennifer Orlando
Published on: July 8th, 2014 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

Ambassadors, who were endorsed by an individual or an organization, were chosen through a highly selective process. The students were evaluated based on his or her leadership, community involvement, academic excellence and Spartan pride. The students will begin their duties as ambassadors this summer, as they will represent the MSU student body at various alumni, community and university engagements.

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