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Moratorium Placed on Michigan State Music Therapy Department

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on October 5, 2009

Michigan State College of Music Cuts Music Therapy Department from Budget

Due to the economic times Michigan State University has had to request that each department within the university make budget certain budget cuts. As a result the MSU College of Music has placed a moratorium on the Music Therapy Department, which means the department as of 2009-2010 academic year will accept no more applicants and the remaining students will be allowed to complete their degrees over the course of the next two years.

History of the Music Therapy Department

The MSU Music Therapy Department was established in 1944 and was the first in the nation. Prior to the cut MSU offered bachelor’s, master’s, and PHD’s in Music Therapy and with the current policy all of these degrees will no longer be offered

Student and Faculty Response

Students and faculty within the department are extremely disappointed with the cut, because MSU in one of only nine schools in the country that offer a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy and many feel that this cut could lead other schools to follow in similar fashion.

MSU Music Therapy students, Josh Chapin and Kaylee Grettenberger expressed their concerns were with the families who attended their free music therapy clinic and would no longer have access to music therapy, because many of them simply cannot afford it.


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Demmer Center for Shooting and Archery opens at MSU

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on October 2, 2009

Michigan State will unveil the new Shooting Sports Education and Training Center at an open house on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The public will be allowed to tour the building.

Michael Galella and John Demmer share insights on facilities and and history of the brand new center.


"I think Michigan State can be proud of it," Demmer said at the open house for his namesake archery and shooting range center.

The center is dedicated to MSU alumnus John Demmer and his late wife Marnie Demmer, also an MSU graduate.


The outdoor shooting range features lifelike statues.

The $3.5 million, 24,000-square-foot facility features two indoor and three outdoor archery ranges along with an indoor firearm shooting range among various other amenities.

“It’s been a pleasure for my family to be able to support Michigan State University,” Demmer said with a smile during preparation for the open house.

The Demmer Center is located at 3365 E. Jolly Road just south of campus between College and Hagadorn Road. The center officially opens Oct. 5 to all MSU faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Search the NRAs database for shooting ranges in Michigan.

By Dan Opsommer, Tracy Key and Zahkia Smith

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Michigan State IM Soccer

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on September 25, 2009

Michigan State students express the importance of IM sports soccer within their college experience and friendships.


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MSU Football

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on September 18, 2009

Michigan State University students react to the the teams disappointing 27 to 29 loss to Central Michigan University last Saturday at Spartan Stadium and look forward to this Saturdays matchup against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend.

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Mary Mayo Grand Reopening Preview

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on September 16, 2009

Michigan State University unveiled the newly renovated Mary Mayo Hall during a grand reopening on Thursday September 17. Mayo Hall was closed throughout the 2008 and 2009 school year while renovations began.

Built in 1931, Mayo Hall is part of the historical West Circle Complex resident halls located near Michigan Avenue and Abbot Road. Mayo Hall was named after Mary Mayo, who was the first extension speaker to women’s groups and mobilized rural Michigan to demand equal educational opportunities for men and women.

The renovations, which began in May of 2008 was originally projected to cost $12.7 million; however, university officials say the renovations are ahead of schedule and under budget at $12.5 Million.

The focus of the renovations was to update the facilities, with an emphasis on historical preservation and restoration. Renovations include all major plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems, life safety, ADA modifications, lighting upgrades, new windows, flooring and ceiling replacement, roofing and exterior restoration.

Newly Designed Mary Mayo Study Lounge

Newly designed Mary Mayo study lounge.

Newly designed Mayo Hall study lounge

Newly designed Mayo Hall study lounge.

New Mayo Hall furnature

New Mayo Hall study lounge furniture.

Mayo Hall residents enjoying their newly renovated entertainment lounge.

Mayo Hall residents enjoying their newly renovated entertainment lounge.

New Mayo Hall dorm furniture.

New Mayo Hall dorm furniture.

Newly renovated Mayo Hall resident floor.

Newly renovated Mayo Hall resident floor.

Newly designed Mayo Hall laundry room, which are located on each resident floor.

Newly designed Mayo Hall laundry rooms, which are located on each resident floor.

Newly designed Mayo Hall service rooms, which are located on every residence floor.

Newly designed Mayo Hall service rooms, which are located on every residence floor.

New Amenities and Services:
• Community bathrooms were updated, including heat lamp in the showers and bathroom lockers for students to store cosmetic and bathroom supplies.
• Laundry facilities have been relocated with one now on every floor including a service room with a stainless steal sink. Laundry rooms include texting services to notify students when their laundry is done.
• The first ever Mayo Hall elevator was installed as part of the renovations.
• All new modular student dorm room furniture was purchased.
• Residents must swipe their MSU ID card to enter the living area wings.
• Mayo Hall has a unique fountain in the back of the hall with new brick work added during renovations.
• A student work lounge was added on each floor as part of renovations.
• Student lounge areas were updated with a variety of furniture options to meet the needs of students socializing, individual and group studying as well as a TV entertainment area in one of the lounges.
• Due to high cell phone use by students, landline phones have been eliminated in Mayo student room, but an emergency phone tied directly into the MSU Police Department is available in the common area of each floor.

The Division of Residential and Hospitality Services group chronologically monitored the project from beginning to end, through photographs and descriptions of the ongoing work placed on the Mayo Construction Website.

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Sequences – Daniel Opsommer

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on September 11, 2009

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Daniel Opsommer’s Bio

Posted by Daniel Opsommer on September 11, 2009


Hey everyone,

My name is Daniel Opsommer, and I came to Michigan State University in the fall of 2006 with the intentions on graduating with a major in Humanities Pre-Law. However, through some unforeseen circumstances I changed my major following my freshman year to journalism without much consideration as to what I really wanted to gain by doing so.

As it turns out I will now be graduating in May with a major in journalism and a specialization in history, and can honestly say that the entire process has changed my perception on the media and what it means to be a Journalist in today’s society. While I don’t feel that Journalism is my calling and would rather explore other options I do not regret my choice, because I feel that it has equipped me with good understanding of multimedia and the evolving role that it plays within our society.

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become an attorney. I am currently studying to take the LSAT in December and February this year and applying to several Midwest law schools: Thomas M. Cooley, MSU, Northwestern, and U of M (I know). My goal is to enroll in the fall of 2010 at one of the 4 schools in hopes to study either criminal or international law with a side study in either business or political science.

My ultimate goal is to become a respected and dignified attorney and then try my hand in politics and conclude my career as a professor and author. Of course, these are only goals that I have set for myself, but one of my favorite quotes to live by is, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land amongst the stars.” I’m not sure who originally quoted this, but I believe it’s a good message to live by.

Now here is a little more about me.

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