Spartans United Against Dr. Lou Anna Simon and the MSU Board of Trustees
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For 22 years our athletes were sexually abused by Larry Nassar while the administration of Michigan State University has failed to act. Reports about the university’s knowledge of Nassar’s behavior stretch back to 1997. The current president, Lou Ann K. Simon has admitted to knowing about these reports since 2014.
Did Dr. Simon act?
No, she allowed a child molester to keep working on campus and enabled him to harm more victims.
What did the Board of Trustees have to say about Dr. Simon’s actions?
They offered her a raise in December and continued to support her after the Detroit News revealed that Lou Anna knew.
What did Trustee Joel Ferguson have to say about this?
Joel Ferguson showed zero empathy for the victims. In a radio interview, he stated that there were other things happening at MSU besides Larry Nassar. He even went far enough to suggest that Dr. Simon’s ability to fundraise offset the damage of her inaction against Larry Nassar. Joel Ferguson is an enabler.
This can not stand.
I am calling on all my fellow alumni and current students of MSU to act. Dr. Simon must resign or the Board of Trustees must terminate her employment.
If this action is not taken, we the undersigned will do the following.
1. Boycott MSU and the MSU brand. If they are unwilling to keep our Spartans safe by bringing in new leadership, then we must hit them where it hurts: the money. We pledge to not spend a single cent on donations or tickets to MSU events until Dr. Simon and Trustee Ferguson have been replaced.
2. Recall: If appropriate action is not taken within 30 days, then we must be forced to begin recall petitions for all 8 members of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees can not be relied upon to keep our students safe if they are unwilling to provide the critical oversight needed to do so.
I do not take this action lightly. I am a Spartan and Spartans WILL stand against abuse, stand for each other, and demonstrate against those who would stand for nothing.
Chris Rivard, Class of 2012
JANUARY 24TH UPDATE
Dr. Simon has resigned and her reign is over. However, this boycott is still not over. After what Joel Ferguson said this week, he does not get to be our trustee. This boycott will continue until Joel Ferguson resigns. One down, one to go.
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