New Message Painted on MSU's 'Rock' After Lacey Tribute

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There was one thing that seemed to be catching many passerby's attention on Monday at Michigan State University -- the Rock.

"It represents whatever your objective or goal is to send out to the students," said freshman Nicolas Lozanovski. "It's a way to relay a message to the student body."

The new sign painted on the Rock today signaled a difficult change. For the past 11 days the message, "MSU loves Princess Lacey" adorned the front of The Rock. It was a tribute to 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, a devoted MSU basketball fan who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

"It was bound to happen sooner or later," said sophomore Jordan Stephenson. "A little bit longer would have been nicer."

Even though messages are often replaced the next day, in some cases there is an unofficial hold on painting over the Rock. For many students this was one of them.

"I thought it was wrong," added freshman Jacob Hagerman. "But I knew it was just a matter of time before someone did it."

Current MSU student Stephanie Djordjevic shared a similar sentiment,
"I think it should have been up for a little bit longer but I do understand that people are going to paint over it."

News 10 spoke with university officials who said the administration did not paint over the Rock and they do not know who did. The school says they do not oversee the Rock nor do they have a policy regarding it.

"It had to be painted over at one point because everybody needs to paint the Rock and it's a tradition," Lozanovski said.

Even though some students say letting go of Lacey's message is hard others says it's all part of the Rock's history.

"It was going to happen so we just have to move on from it," Stephenson said.

While saying goodbye can be difficult, one thing will remain constant, MSU students will keep painting on the Rock.

"It's the rise and fall of the Rock," sophomore Jonathan Elissa said.

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