Michigan State settles with 332 Nassar victims for $500,000,000

On Wednesday, after two days of closed-door hearings, Michigan State University announced that it had reached a $500,000,000 settlement with the 332 victims of Larry Nassar’s abuse who have come forward. Half a billion dollars is a staggering amount of money to comprehend, but it’s…

Michigan State admits Nassar sexually abused student-athletes, but says he didn’t break NCAA bylaws

Another day, another head-scratching move by Michigan State University as it continues to bungle the fallout from Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. This week, the Lansing State Journal reported that a law firm representing Michigan State sent a letter to the NCAA in March notifying them that…

Michigan State is finding new ways to victimize the survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse

Last week, Lindsey Lemke attended the Michigan State University Athletic Gala, a dinner the university hosts for student athletes with GPAs above a 3.0. The gymnast was thrilled and grateful for a night out to celebrate her academic accomplishments. After all, this year has been…

Michigan State president threatens Nassar victim during volatile Board of Trustees meeting

Somehow, Michigan State keeps making the worst sexual assault scandal in the history of U.S. sports even worse. On Friday, after a week in which Michigan State officials revealed identifying information about a gang rape survivor, some of the more than 250 victims of former…

Michigan won’t give Flint free bottled water, even though lead pipes are still in use

Michigan won’t be giving the city of Flint free bottled water anymore, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced, claiming that water quality is now “well within the standards.” The governor’s office said that the city’s water has been below the federal lead levels for nearly two years,…

Former Michigan State dean arrested for sexual misconduct

Police in Michigan arrested William Strampel, a former dean at Michigan State University who was Larry Nassar’s boss, on Monday evening. He faces four charges, including a felony charge of misconduct by a public official and a fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct charge. According to Michigan State…

Libertarian Senate Candidate: Arm All Homeless People

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime. Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would…

In Nassar aftermath, Michigan State still doesn’t care about victims of sexual assault

At the end of January, Lou Anna K. Simon resigned from her position as the president of Michigan State University amidst the fallout from Larry Nassar’s sexual assaults conviction. At the time, despite a tone-deaf statement from Simon, Michigan State seemed to finally be reckoning…

Larry Nassar’s survivors aren’t finished fighting for justice and change

Last month, more than 250 women who accuse former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar of sexual predation faced their abuser in open court during two sentencing hearings. One after another, they delivered powerful victim impact statements that made front-page headlines all…