MSU’s students are already back on campus. Here’s a list of some on-campus gems — both new and little known — for Spartan veterans and first-timers to check out.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah visits MSU
A fan of biting wit and political satire? Stop by the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on MSU’s campus in November to see “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. On sale since Sept. 1, a handful of tickets remain to see the South African funnyman. Noah has been a part of Comedy Central’s Daily Show since 2014, when he was hired on as a contributor. In 2015, he took over as host from Jon Stewart.
Noah’s appearance is hosted by the MSU College of Arts & Letters through its Signature Lecturer Series, which has featured Maya Angelou, Soledad O’Brien and Ken Burns.
Sunday, Nov. 12. 7 p.m. $20. Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing.
Business College Pavilion groundbreaking ceremony
After more than a decade of discussion, MSU will begin work on a new facility for its business students. The state-of-the-art Business College Pavilion will span 100,000 square feet at a price of $62 million, funded by private donations from alumni and friends of the university. Students may have already noticed that the classroom wing of the Eppley Center was demolished to make way for the new structure. There’s a live feed that can be found at broad.msu.edu that monitors construction in real time.
David Frayer, the Eli Broad College of Business’ assistant dean of executive development and professional programs, said that the building is designed with “additional, modern classrooms, small-group team rooms, informal collaboration spaces, an entrepreneurship laboratory” and more. The new building will also have a café. Students can expect to use the facilities in fall of 2019.
Friday, Sept. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Eli Broad College of Business 632 Bogue St., East Lansing.
The university is home to the largest publicly accessible comic book collection in the world.
“A lot of it has been donated, and many have been acquired through the university,” said the MSU Library’s associate director of special collections and preservation, Peter Berg. “We’ve had it since the early 1970s, and it’s been growing particularly fast in the last 10 years.”
The collection comprises some 250,000 comic books, including 5,000 foreign titles, that date from recent releases back to the early 19th century. The collection can be viewed by the public — but don’t hope to check any of your favorite titles out.
“You have to use them here, in the special collection reading room, during open hours,” Berg said.
Special Collections Hours, 1-8p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Fri.; 1-4p.m., Sat.; MSU Main Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing.
This is not a tour: ‘The Transported Man’
This “tour may contain strong language and random acts of weirdness. Participant discretion is advised” is the warning the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum gives tourgoers before they attend. Broad spokeswoman Whitney Stoepel- Brewer said that it’s all in good fun.
“You will see ordinary things that take on a new meaning when you hear the backstory behind them,” Stoepel-Brewer said.
Although the exhibit is on display through Oct. 22, this special viewing of “The Transported Man” will be with a tour guide. The exhibit features the works of more than 30 artists, including a never-before-shown Georges Méliès film from 1904 thought to have been lost.
Friday, Sept. 15. 6 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.
Sparty’s Market at 1855 Place
MSU has opened a Sparty’s Market that resembles something close to a corner store, rather than a stop-and-go convenience shop. Kat Cooper, spokeswoman for MSU’s Residential and Hospitality Services, said that this wasn’t accidental. Sparty’s Market will provide a variety of MSU-brand products, like its own baked goods, but the store will also provide food from Michigan companies like Glazed & Confused donuts and Grand Traverse Pie Co.
“Day to day, milk, eggs, bread, fresh vegetables, meat — we have all of that,” Cooper said. “Along with prepared food. There’s take-and-bake pizzas, prepared salads and things like that.”
The entire 1855 Place complex is 100,000 square feet and also provides a Starbucks and the only on-campus retailer that sells the university’s full line of Nike clothing.
Sparty’s Market, 7a.m.-9p.m. daily. 500 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing.