Stateside: New MSU president; stopping Asian carp; quality preschool’s multi-generational benefits

May 28, 2019

Today on Stateside, after years of scandal and leadership turmoil, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees have named Samuel Stanley Jr. as MSU's new president. Plus, why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are recommending a $778 million plan to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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After years of scandal and leadership turmoil, MSU has a new president

  • Michigan State University has selected Samuel Stanley Jr. to serve as its new president. Stanley will replace Acting President Satish Udpa, who replaced Interim President John Engler, who replaced President Lou Anna Simon after she resigned last year.
  • David Jesse covers higher education for the Detroit Free Press. He breaks down Stanley’s career experience, his reputation as president of Stony Brook University, and what his first priorities may be for Michigan State.

Army Corps’ $778 million proposal is latest in a long line of attempts to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced its approval of a $778 million plan to stop Asian carp in the Illinois River from invading the Great Lakes. David Hamilton is Policy Director for the Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Project. He explains the different ecological threats posed by four species of Asian carp, and how the Brandon Road Lock and Dam would be different than previous barriers. 

Theater Talk: Love as a battlefield, a cosmic waiting room, and a serious look at comedy

  • We check in with David Kiley of Encore Michigan about the latest shows coming to professional theater companies across the state. Kiley covers the musical Head Over Heels at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, the Michigan premiere of Kill Move Paradise at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova, and period play Funnyman at the Tipping Point Theatre in Northville. 

Organizers behind planned West Michigan hiking and biking trail say it could become national attraction

  • A new 47-mile hiking and biking trail called “The Dragon” may soon be coming to West Michigan. Scott Faulkner, fundraising coordinator for the Dragon trail development, breaks down where the trail is in the construction process, the parts of the state it will connect, and when he hopes to see it open.

New research finds benefits of landmark Ypsilanti preschool project reach into a second generation

  • In the 1960s, a group of children in Ypsilanti participated in the Perry Preschool Project, where three and four-year-old kids attended a high-quality preschool program for half of the day. Those kids and a control group have been the subject of periodic follow-up studies.
  • Alison Baulos is the executive director for the Center for Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. She explains the latest research on the project, which found that the benefits of high-quality preschool can extend to the children of participants as well. 

UM student’s short film on body image, high school, and vampires earns her an invite to Cannes Film Festival

  • University of Michigan student Hayley Tibbenham is the writer and director of the short film Inhuman. The film, which was the first she'd ever produced, earned her an invitation to take part in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Tibbenham joined Stateside to talk about the message behind the film, and what it was like to have her first film shown during the prestigious film festival.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Most Michigan voters don’t trust government to use tax money for roads wisely, says new survey

  • The majority of Michigan citizens think that the roads are in bad shape and ought to be fixed, but there’s little agreement about how to find the money to do so. Those are the general findings of a survey of Michigan voters compiled by the Center for Michigan in a report called “Fixing Michigan’s Road Mess: The Unclear Path Ahead."
  • Allie Schmidt, Public Engagement Director for the Center for Michigan, joined us to talk about what else the survey discovered about Michigan residents' attitudes regarding road repair. 

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