Speaker hosts conversation about consent

“You know the end of the story before I even start.” The room went quiet. About 100 students filled Akin Auditorium on Aug. 30, but not a single one made a sound. Katie Koestner, the first date-rape survivor to publicly share her story, stood onstage in bright red slacks and a white button down, … [Read more...]

Fifth campus sexual assault reported

The recent Crime and Fire log reports that a victim came forward on June 21 stating that he or she had been sexually assaulted on April 24 in Killingsworth Hall, bringing the total number of reported assaults for the Spring 2017 semester to five. On the same day and time, another report was filed … [Read more...]

Higgins no longer housing resident

Rodney Roshunn Higgins Jr., 19-year-old former cornerback, was arrested and charged with sexual assault on Tuesday, April 18. Both he and the victim were residents of Killingsworth Hall when the victim reported the incident to university police two days before. Killingsworth Hall has been known … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Sexual assault in Killingsworth Hall

4:39 p.m. Kristi Schulte, director of residence life and housing "I don't think there was a connection between the Pierce Hall residents moving into Killingsworth and this sexual assault case," Schulte said. "Based on the police assessment and university administrators' assessment, there is no … [Read more...]

Take safety into your own hands

OUR VIEW: Lock your doors, download the MSU Safety app and travel in pairs. In light sexual assault awareness month many events discussing how to remain safe on campus have presented themselves. There are many ways to remain safe on a college campus, but locking dorm rooms, always walking with a … [Read more...]

To the girl who said, “NO”

I wish I knew your name so I could find you and hug you. I can't imagine what you must be dealing with. Hearing your story was heartbreaking. I think I speak on behalf of many students when I say: you're not alone. Picking up the pieces after a horrific crime against you isn't something I'll … [Read more...]

Sexual assault awareness for all, not just athletes

OUR VIEW: The sexual assault awareness speaker event was mandatory for athletes, but it should be mandatory for all organizations. Last Tuesday, April 11, the counseling center directors hosted a speaker event with Suzette Walden Cole about sexual assault awareness. This was part of Mustangs … [Read more...]

Ex-football player charged with sexual assault

On April 17 at 12:33 p.m., Rodney Higgins Jr., kinesiology freshman and former cornerback for the Mustangs, was arrested and charged with sexual assault in Killingsworth Hall. "The investigation is going on, and we are cooperating with wherever we need to be, " Interim Director of Athletics Kyle … [Read more...]

Sexual assault: ‘It can happen to anyone’

"Think of the five most important people in your life. It may be your mom. Or your dad. Or your brother or sister. Or your best friend," Suzette Walden Cole, guest speaker for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, said. "Statistically speaking, one of those five will be sexually assaulted in their … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Football player arrested for sexual assault

6 p.m. Rodney Higgins Jr. has been taken off the official team roster, although he was listed there earlier today. 3 p.m. Interim Director of Athletics Kyle Williams, "The investigation is going on, and we are cooperating with wherever we need to be." Williams said he was aware that football … [Read more...]