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MSU President Condemns Weekend Chaos


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon on Friday condemned the chaos that erupted in East Lansing last Saturday after the Spartans clinched the Big Ten Championship title in Indianapolis.

"We're going to aggressively go after individuals who set and stoke fires," said Dr. Simon, who added that cameras in the areas near the Cedar Village apartments will help police identify suspects at the scene of the reported 50 fires that happened Saturday night.

Dr. Simon also said it's time for students to stop seeing couch burnings and other fires as a way to celebrate major team victories. "Once you start having people say, ‘this is a tradition,' it's very hard to get rid of as an image," she said. "And I think if you would look at pro sports celebrations, you would look at other cities that have won in basketball in particular, these events are not unusual in those places, so I think it's wrong to say it's solely Michigan State. But those places don't call it a tradition. And we've got to sort of continue to work on Cedar Village and its symbolism."

Dr. Simon said the university is working closely with the City of East Lansing as Rose Bowl celebrations approach."

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