Spartan pride should guide our celebrations

04-02-2010

Spartans everywhere are proud of Tom Izzo and his men’s basketball team once again this year. He and his team have come together with passion, talent, and focus to once again drive toward a success that reflects well on us all.

There is another word that defines the way Izzo and his team work: respect. If you Google “respect” and “Izzo” together, you come up with close to 200,000 hits. At Michigan State, the value we place on respect is manifest in many ways: self-respect, respect for others, respect for community.

So even as we show our tremendous excitement and support for Izzo and his team, we ask all of our students to respect the rules and celebrate with class.

Equally important, we ask our students to help friends who come from out of town understand the guidelines that will allow them to truly enjoy being Spartans for a day. It’s a fact that last year 78 percent of individuals arrested in East Lansing during the 2009 NCAA Final Four Saturday semifinal were not affiliated with Michigan State University.

In the days leading up to Saturday, we’ve been spreading the word to all MSU students about how they can have a good time, be safe, and show their pride in—and respect for—Izzo and the team. Need-to-know facts are posted on msu.edu/celebrations, appear around campus on flyers and table tents, and will be called to students’ attention through e-mail and social media.

We’re all riding high on Spartan pride. Let’s come together as Team MSU to make this weekend a winning one in every way.

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