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MSU’s Multicultural Business Programs host Black History Month competition

Posted by Jayna Salk on February 19, 2010

Act For Justice poses at the Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame competition Wednesday night.

A few weeks ago, marketing junior Sara Colunga-Santoyo had never heard of Steven Biko.

Wednesday, her newfound knowledge of the South African activist won her and two others a total of $1,500.

Colunga-Santoyo participated in the ninth annual Black History Month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition on Wednesday, culminating more than a month of research on how Biko’s work in South Africa compared with the work of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

“Honestly, I didn’t know about him before I began this project,” she said. “I learned the impact he had on South Africa and then how he related to Martin Luther King Jr.”

The idea of the competition began nine years ago, when Anne Crain, a specialist in the Eli Broad College of Business, was approached by colleagues about doing a competition to celebrate King.

“They wanted to start a program to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his life and his legacy,” Crain said. “But they wanted an event that would bring people together of all different backgrounds and that would celebrate how Dr. King’s life and ideas have influenced people of different cultures and of different generations.”

The idea was to create a case competition to assign students a hero whom they must compare to the work of King.

MSU Multicultural Business Students helped coordinate and facilitate the event.

“Case competitions are common in business education,” she said. “They took the case competition format and applied it to multicultural heroes and to Dr. King by giving students a list of heroes they could select from and then give a case as to why their hero should be inducted into the Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame.”

The Hall of Fame isn’t an actual place, but more of an idea, Crain said. Previous inductees include Mother Teresa and Susan B. Anthony.

This year’s competition began on Jan. 20 when 10 teams applied. Each team was assigned a hero by the competition’s officials. Due to the amount of teams, three were eliminated in early February based on dress rehearsals.

The final culmination of their work was on display in the Eppley Center on Wednesday night. Teams tried different presentation formats to win over the four business college judges. From acting to singing to PowerPoint presentations, each team desperately wanted to educate the audience of several hundred about their assigned hero while taking home the top prize.

But it was Colunga-Santoyo’s group, History in the Present, who combined effective visuals with a rap from teammate and accounting freshman Kashif Bhatti, which won over the judges with their presentation of Steven Biko, the South African activist who fought apartheid.

Colunga-Santoyo expressed the importance of recognizing how many important people shaped civil rights along with King.

“You learn so much from this event,” she said. “We know about Dr. King, we know about Rosa Parks, and yet there’s so many people out there who did things for other people. They did things that contributed for their own civil rights movements and their particular countries and they need to be recognized.”

Colunga-Santoyo’s group took home the $1,500 grand prize while the second place team won $600 and third place won $300.

Overwhelmed following the award, Colunga-Santoyo wasn’t quite sure what she’s do with the money.

“I’m either going to pay off my computer, use it for spring break, or buy gifts for my family,” she said with a laugh. “I have three options and I haven’t decided which one yet.”

Interactive map: Learn about the histories of the 2010 Hall of Fame nominees

Jim Seguin, Lane Blackmer, Jayna Salk and Chris Vannini


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Sequence project

Posted by Jayna Salk on February 12, 2010

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MSU junior prepares to commission in Air Force

Posted by Jayna Salk on February 5, 2010

Broyles irons part of her uniform so she can pass inspections

Junior Katie Broyles is a flight commander in MSU’s Air Force ROTC program. Though she’s excited for the opportunities the program will present, she knows the road will not be easy.

Broyles knows her future career in the Air Force won’t be easy– regardless of the job she does– but she says this is a major reason she decided to pursue a life in the military.

Training for the armed forces is stressful enough, but training while simultaneously working toward a college degree means four whole years of intense military and career field training.

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Local vinyl music store thrives desipte digital age

Posted by Jayna Salk on February 5, 2010

While the music industry struggles to keep up with the instant gratification ideals that are present among many members of the information generation, one local music store is doing just fine.

The owners of Flat, Black and Circular say they have experienced some degree of slower business since companies like Napster took the world by storm. But overall, they’re happy with the number of students and community members who still understand the value of owning hard copies of music– the kind that you pay for, and the kind that isn’t stored on your iPod.

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Clothing bank benefits students, helps environment

Posted by Jayna Salk on February 3, 2010

Michigan State students may be pleasantly surprised to learn of a campus resource which allows them access to free gently-used clothes. MSU’s Give and Take Center, located in the Spartan Village Community Center, is little-known to students who live outside the complex.

The facility aims to supply clothing to students who are in need, as well as provide an opportunity for sustainability within the MSU community.

Ayo Cole– a first-year graduate student– works as one of three co-directors at the Center. Cole is passionate about the center and the people she meets there. “One of my favorite stories was when we had a family from Iraq come in,” she remembers. “I think there were five in the family, and they had lost all their luggage. We were able to set them up with things to get through until they got their luggage back.”

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Apple iPad draws mixed reactions from MSU students, staff

Posted by Jayna Salk on January 29, 2010

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Posted by Jayna Salk on January 28, 2010

Freshman Megan Orth is one of many Michigan State University students who are involved with relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Jayna Salk’s Biography

Posted by Jayna Salk on January 22, 2010

Working in the MIPA office

I’m Jayna Salk; I’m a 20 year-old junior at Michigan State where I’m studying journalism and English education. I’m hoping to teach high school kids about journalism when I grow up.

Right now, I work at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, or MIPA. I’m the office manager, which means I get to plan workshops, camps, contests and camps for high school journalists and their teachers. I really love my job.

I think I’m a pretty normal person. I like movies and television. I’m constantly listening to all types of music– as long as it wasn’t produced in the last ten years. I love watching sports but I’m not very good at them myself. At all.

I have a pretty tight-knit family. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My sister has four kids and I’m like a second mom to them. I live with them when I’m not at school. They are seriously cute kids.

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Summer 2010. I’m going to be doing some really cool things, including making my first trip to see an ocean (a cruise!), a trip to Vegas, and seeing U2 in concert at Spartan Stadium on my birthday!

If you’d like to know more about me, you can follow me on Twitter or add me on Facebook. I’m also blogging about how I’m making 2010 my most fabulous year yet.

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