MSU To Fans: Celebrate With Class

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Both MSU and East Lansing Police will have extra staff on hand Friday night. The Spartans are ready for game night.

"Go green! Go White Let's go state! Woooooo!" said MSU Spartans on campus Friday.

While MSU students are confident their team will make it past the sweet sixteen, police are confident celebrations will be civil. The university and community have put a lot of proactive effort into a message campaign--reminding everyone that Spartans win with class.

"It's just a reminder to the MSU Community that we want them to have a good time and to celebrate but to do so responsibly. It outlines some suggestions like avoiding large crowds, cooperating with police," said Erin Carter, an MSU community liaison.

To ensure that is the case, the Celebration Committee was established in 2002.

"Our mission is really to honor the celebratory atmospheres that happen around wins and around events on campus, but to try to make them as safe as possible and try and respect the community," said Dennis Martell, a Celebration Committee chair.

The committee uses fliers, posters, emails, websites and various organizations to spread that message. MSU Celebration Committee members have been handing out Spartan pins to remind people to keep their partying in check. They don't want to see anyone end up in the back of a police car.

MSU and East Lansing Police said they do not anticipate any problems.

"Whether we win or lose our team celebrates with class and so does our community," said Martell.

During the game Ashley Smith will be traveling home. While she won't be near to a TV, that won't stop her from following the game.

"I love the ESPN app on your iPhone and I try to look at Twitter updates as much as I get cell phone signal," said Ashley Smith an MSU student.

Law enforcement have been following social media and said there are no signs of any planned illegal or disorderly conduct.

East Lansing Police said it only takes a handful of trouble makers to cause problems and they're ready for anything. In the past, when riots have occurred, police said participants were usually not from the local community.


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