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The world is watching every time MSU students riot

Written By: Terry Foster | December 10, 2013

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I never understood how celebrating a sports feat turns into setting couches on fire or turning cars over on their side.

It has become a ritual with Michigan State students. When the Spartans do well they take to the streets and burn couches. It is childish and embarrassing to the university and has angered Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. I applaud Izzo for speaking out and saying something must be done.

He is right. The three most recognizable names on campus are Athletic Director Mark Hollis, football coach Mark Dantonio and Izzo.  They must combine and come up with a public relations campaign that lets students know that the world is watching and judging. When students leave their apartments and take to the streets they are not alone.

We are all watching and shaking our heads. There is a way to celebrate. But students take it a step further to embarrass the school. It is a running joke around the state that Michigan State burns couches. Even a MSU fan held up a sign at the end of the Spartans Big Ten Championship victory over Ohio State “Burn couches.”

The entire nation saw it and laughed at MSU. Shame on that person.

However, this is not just a Michigan State problem. Every campus does this after big wins or devastating losses. Students tried to burn a couch at the University of Michigan. Instead students burned other items else where after campus police stopped their initial attack.

College is fun. I get it. We had a famous end of the world party at Central Michigan University. But we did not burn anything. We simply trashed the city.

The time for acting a fool must come to an end at Michigan State and every other campus in America.

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2 Responses to “The world is watching every time MSU students riot”

  1. Eric Blumbergs Says:

    Hey Terry,

    Not justifying MSU but……..

    CMU also sets fires – http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-11-18/news/9111180294_1_central-michigan-michigan-university-riot

    As did U0fM. Yes they burn couches too – http://www.annarbor.com/news/4-couch-fires-but-no-arrests-following-wolverines-victory-over-syracuse/

    But of course only worth reporting widely if done at MSU. Heck UofM basically destroyed the city of Ann Arbor after the 89 championship. Selective amnesia by the Detroit media as usual.

    Fyi – http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/04/michigan_state_u-m_fans_both_burn_couches_but_is_there_a_double-standard_for_msu.html


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