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Rivalry Week: Living & Working in the Enemy's Territory

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As rivalry week comes to a close and the big game for the big 10 is just a day away, we decided to take a look at a few alums from both Michigan State and the University of Michigan that reside in the enemy's territory.

What would it be like to bleed maize and blue and live in Lansing or be an MSU alum and work in Ann Arbor?

Just ask Anna Robinson and Frank Cousin. Both die-hard fans of their respective schools, who ended up on the competitions soil.

Robinson loves her job at CS Mott Children's Hospital, she lives and works in Ann Arbor but is an MSU alumni.

"Both of my parents went to Michigan State, my brother went to Michigan state, I went to Michigan state. I bleed green," said Robinson. "I'm a Spartan marching band alum as well."

She says that representing sparty isn't so easy.

"Ultimately bleeding green in Ann arbor...its tough," said Robinson.

Working and living in the enemy's territory can get difficult when you represent Michigan State, so Robinson did some research to connect with other Spartans in the area.

"The first thing I did when I moved here before I even went to the orientation was Google the alumni association in Ann Arbor," said Robinson.

There she connected with other State grads, but still gets a bit of flack from her co-workers about her choice of apparel.

"Anna is definitely a very loyal Spartan, she does get decked out," said Ianna Filos, registered Nurse at the University of Michigan Health System. "I think I have once worn a Michigan State shirt and that I heard a lot of comments about."

"I wear my green and white very proud. I get ragged on for it, but its all good," said Robinson.

 Robinson isn't the only one working in the enemy's territory, Frank Cousin is a proud Lansing native and U of M alum.

He graduated from Lansing Sexton High School and was considering MSU for schools, but things didn't work out that way.

"Michigan state was definitely a contender but the scholarship I got to U of M was much larger than I had been offered than any other college. I just had to go to U of M," said Cousin.

He works at Lansing Eastern High school as a college advisor, and he enjoyed his time at the University of Michigan.

"The second semester of my sophomore year I found my core group through one of my study abroad organizations and I loved it," said Cousin.

He also gets his share of comments sporting maize and blue in the halls of a Lansing high school.

"Mrs. Thompson in the welcome center, one of the assistant principles, he actually asked me at he beginning of the basketball season if U of M still had a basketball team," said Cousin. "So you can imagine my delight after the game at the Breslin."

As for Cousin, he isn't sure of what the score of the game will be tomorrow, but he's predicting a Wolverine win.

"I have no point predictions, I just hope U of M comes out on top," said Cousin.

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