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MSU Student Wants More Focus On Classmate’s Murder

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – An impassioned student at Michigan State University used the power of the pen to voice his frustrations on how he feels the university handled the death of 20-year-old Dominique Nolff.

Nolff died after he was shot Friday in an apartment steps away from campus.

"They just reacted to it like, "Oh, just another murder, you know?' No, no, you don't do that," said Ryan Boudreaux, a sophomore at MSU.

In Thursday's issue of State News, a student-run publication at MSU, Boudreaux criticized the university for not shutting down campus because of the proximity of the shooting to dormitories. He also chided MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon for not addressing the university as a whole in the days after the killing.

"We receive emails about the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten conference championship like I said in my letter, but I still haven't received an email from the president [acknowledging the death of the student]," said Boudreaux.

The night of the shooting, the university did send out a mass text message to students, but it came two hours after the shooting happened. Boudreaux and his friends believe the administration owes students, and Nolff, more.

"Ryan's letter addresses a big problem that we all have with the situation," said Calvon Sheirdan, student. "It was kind of over too quickly if you know what I mean. It wasn't given any direct attention by the university or its staff."

A university spokesman said on Thursday the university expresses its condolences for the incident, and has been in touch with Nolff's family. But Boudreaux believes it's the responsibility of the president to publicly acknowledge what happened. For Boudreaux and his friends, it's an issue of respect for their fellow Spartan.

"If you really care about your students, you should address it as a whole and not just send out one text message or one email and say that we addressed the problem, because the problem really wasn't addressed," said Sheirdan. "Dom was a Spartan, and we're all family."

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