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Stateside: Survivor, trustee on Engler ouster; why teachers quit; citizenship and the census

Jan 17, 2019


Today on Stateside, MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum and Nassar survivor Rachael Denhollander weigh in on the resignation of interim MSU President John Engler, and what’s next for the university. Plus, how a group of Michigan brothers channeled Led Zeppelin and ended up as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, just months after their debut album dropped.

Listen to the full show above or find individual stories below.

MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum on Engler resignation, presidential search

  • It's been a tumultuous 11 months since the Michigan State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to bring John Engler in as interim president. And now, he has resigned after controversial comments made about survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse. He’ll be replaced by Satish Udpa, executive VP for administrative services at the university.
  • Dianne Byrum is the chair of the MSU Board of Trustees. She joined Stateside to talk about Udpa’s takeover as interim president, Engler’s resignation, and what the trustees will be looking for in their search for a permanent leader at MSU.

He was born in the U.S. He's a Marine veteran. Immigration enforcement tried to deport him.

  •  Jilmar Ramos Gomez is a U.S. citizen, born in Grand Rapids. He served in the Marines and saw combat in Afghanistan. Last month, federal immigration authorities took him into custody to face possible deportation. Michigan Radio’s Dustin Dwyer reports on the reaction from attorneys and immigration advocates in West Michigan, who are now demanding to know why, and how, this happened.

How Greta Van Fleet went from Frankenmuth High School to Saturday Night Live

  • Frankenmuth is known for fried chicken, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and plenty of Bavarian designs on the town's buildings. And now, it's known to rock fans as the home of Greta Van Fleet. The band released their first full-length album Anthem of the Peaceful Army only last October. It's already earned them Grammy nominations and a musical guest slot on Saturday Night Live for this Saturday. Stateside spoke with guitarist Jake Kiszka about the band’s rapid rise to fame.

Ragatz: Teachers leaving the classroom because of unrealistic expectations, legislative meddling

  • Why are teachers giving up on teaching? Recent reporting in the Wall Street Journal tells us in the first 10 months of 2018, public educators quit their jobs at the highest rate since the Labor Department started tracking that, back in 2001. We talk to our education commentator Matinga Ragatz about what’s driving teachers out of the classroom, and the impact that has on students and schools.

An expert weighs in on controversy over putting citizenship question on 2020 census

  • Very early in the Trump administration, top officials talked about resurrecting something that hadn't been done since 1950: putting a question on the census form asking "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" That policy idea turned into reality, triggering a flurry of lawsuits. This past Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the citizenship question.
  • Barbara Anderson is the former chair of the U.S. Census Scientific Advisory Committee and a professor at the University of Michigan. She joins us to discuss why many people at the Census Bureau opposed including the question, and what effect it has had on public perception of the census.

Survivor Rachael Denhollander reacts to ouster of interim MSU president John Engler

  • Survivors of Larry Nassar have been calling for the resignation of interim MSU president John Engler since the early days of his administration. Now, they’ve gotten their wish. Engler resigned Wednesday night, ahead of a board meeting where he was expected to be fired by the trustees. Rachael Denhollander was the first Nassar survivor to speak out publically. She joined Stateside to talk about her opinion of Engler’s tenure, reaction to his comments that some survivors were enjoying the “spotlight,” and what she wants to see moving forward from MSU.

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