Sure! I’ll do a feature on just about anything. I noticed WDBM has just recently established a presence on tumblr so when I put something together in a few days, I’ll be sure to link to that page.
With an impressive 52-point lead and a chance for many lesser-known seniors to play a part, today’s Senior Day was nothing short of admirable. Already the school’s winningest senior class in history, the Spartans are now in the clear for the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game and just completed their second straight undefeated home season.
They also secured the Old Brass Spittoon, the oldest of our three in-conference rivalry trophies. The trophy has an interesting history and though it became the symbol of the rivalry in 1950, it is actually almost 190 years old, believed to outdate the founding of both universities.
Back in 1950, the “Biggie” Munn’s Spartans were 5-1 and coming up on a big game against Indiana. Wanting to inspire fans to exhibit more school spirit, junior class president Gene McDermott (who served in the Navy prior to attending MSU) wanted to find something akin to the Minnesota-Michigan “Little Brown Jug,” a seemingly random object to take on a largely significant emotional attachment for fans.
He and class secretary Ginny O’Brien scoped out a antique store in Lansing to find the Old Brass Spittoon. The previous owner claimed it had come from a trading post where East Lansing is today. Both Indiana and Michigan trappers and hunters would have stopped by there on their travels and it was in active use during the foundings of both universities, which was ultimately why McDermott chose it. His female companion was (understandably) grossed out, but McDermott paid the $25 (out of the junior prom fund) and never even cleaned it out.
A telegram was sent to the Indiana student council and they accepted the challenge. As they say, the rest is history!
McDermott and his college roommate were at the game today and were able to see the same outcome they saw on that day 61 years ago - victory for MSU.
Name: Kaitlyn Montgomery
Major: International Relations and German
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Favorite place on campus: The spot under the bridge closest to the rock. It’s always quiet & a good place to sit back & relax, especially at night.
Why you chose MSU: I really wanted to study International Relations, and the program at the James Madison College really intrigued me. I also knew a lot about the study abroad programs here, and have already gone on one to Mayen, Germany. I loved the experience so much that I have applied for another.
Favorite Dairy Store flavor: Mint chocolate chip…it’s only right since it’s green :)
The picture isn’t of me in green and white, but it is of me in Germany on an MSU study abroad trip!
While International Business is not one of the seven majors in the Broad College of Business, it is offered as a rather extensive supplementary minor. Check out the requirements on the Broad website here. There are many courses offered with an international focus through Broad and, of course, there are several Study Abroad options to be taken advantage of as well.
Broad is known in particular for its undergraduate Supply Chain Management program, which is ranked number one in the country. Production management, accounting, and marketing all rank within the top twenty as well, according to US News and World Report.