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MSU Alumni President Decries Fiery Celebration

The president of the MSU Alumni Association has harsh words for the people who are burning couches, trees, and setting other fires in the wake of the Spartans' victory over Ohio State - a win that sends the team to the Rose Bowl.

"True Spartans do not burn things, break laws or mess with my Spartan Cops If you do, you're not one of us," Scott Westerman said via Twitter.

It's not the first time MSU students and fans have set fires and rioted after big wins - or losses.

Riots started in 1998 and have continued many times over the years - most often because of Spartan basketball games as fans celebrate or mourn March Madness wins or losses.

The 1999 "Final Four" riot was among the worst.

Some riots happen because of an occasional party called "Cedar Fest" - which takes place near Cedar Village - a traditional campus hot spot.

The frequent rioting contributes to the MSU's image as a party school and a place to come to participate in riots. In past years, crowds have been heard urging police to spray them with tear gas.

Prompted by the violence, the school and the state have responded by passing rules and laws which not only expel students caught rioting, but ban them from the campus for a year.

Of course, not everyone who is caught and/or charged with rioting is an MSU student. Those people still face regular criminal penalties.

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