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MSU President Hopes For Responsible Rose Bowl Celebrations

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MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon speaks at a pre-Rose Bowl pep rally to a crowd of more than 27,000 in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon speaks at a pre-Rose Bowl pep rally to a crowd of more than 27,000 in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES – As the Michigan State football team heads into the 100th Rose Bowl game, MSU President Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon said she hopes and believes fans will celebrate responsibly, in contrast to the fiery, couch-burning celebrations that took place in East Lansing after the Spartans won the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State in early December.

That night, fans filed into the streets and ran amok, yelling, chanting and setting more than 50 fires. Multiple people were arrested and the crowds caused thousands of dollars in damage. One person's car was flipped over and totaled.

However, in anticipation of Wednesday's game, President Simon said she has faith that MSU fans will not a repeat what happened last month.

"I have confidence that people will act responsibly and that while you can't control for a few jerks, it just doesn't define who Michigan State is," said Simon. "I think people will speak out and it'll be a great celebration."

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.


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