MSU Public Service Announcement

Submitted by andrewG on February 25th, 2013 at 5:01 PM

This got posted by the MSU Community Relations Coalition group on Facebook. Naturally, I assumed this was a fake group (probably created by Michigan fans), but the group appears to be for real. So... enjoy the most Sparty thing ever.



February 25th, 2013 at 5:08 PM ^

Amazingly this "coalition" seems to have been founded almost explicitly with the purpose of stopping the couch burnings.  14 years later and the problem still exists.  Sparty No! 

An excerpt from the link above:

Cohabitation and cooperation
A community initiative to address issues of student behavior and neighborhood relations was sparked by student riots after the 1999 Final Four basketball tournament. Then-president M. Peter McPherson formed a task force with multiple initiatives addressing town and gown relations. The Community Relations Coalition is one of those initiatives, said Olivia Seifert, the coalition’s intern coordinator. 




February 25th, 2013 at 5:38 PM ^

Can somebody with a more in-depth knowledge of all things Spartan please explain to me the facination with setting furniture on fire?  I'm 53 and for as many of those 53 years as I can remember I've been a Michigan fan and have lived through a lot of joy and an equal amount of pain supporting the Wolverines and I've NEVER even felt the tiniest desire to set fire to mine or anyone else's couch because of a game.

B1G AD's screw Michigan out of a Rose Bowl in 73?  No couch on fire.

Mike Lantry's field goal to win the 74 OSU game ruled wide when it went down the middle? No couch on fire.

Lost to Indiana in 76 in the finals of the NCAA Tourny?  No couch on fire.

Lost to USC in the 79 Rose Bowl when Charles White was given a TD even though he fumbled on the 3 yard line?  No couch on fire

Lost to USC in the 90 Rose Bowl when holding was called on a player not in the game wiping out a fake punt for 60 yards that would've given Bo his farewell Rose Bowl victory?  No coach on fire.

Lost to NC in the 93 BBAll finals when Chris Webber called a TO he shouldn't have?  No couch on fire

I could go on but you get the point.  What in the fuck is wrong with them anyways?


BOX House

February 25th, 2013 at 6:45 PM ^

Actually, there was some victory rioting on South University after the 1989 National Championship - cars overturned, street signs uprooted, glass-breaking. But yeah, no burning couches. 

Although quite honestly, if I was in college during the '93 timeout, I probably would have set a couch on fire or something similar.

Cake Or Death

February 25th, 2013 at 10:50 PM ^

in everyone's defense that was in the area (you can't prove anything!), that was also hash bash weekend, and the grateful dead were in town.  So FWIW, the crowd was a combination of students and out-of-town visitors. 


February 26th, 2013 at 1:22 PM ^

Maybe Ann Arbor's anti-porch couch ordinance is that effective?  It retroactively went back in time and protected all of those poor couches.  Maybe it's the color green and white but I don't recall any couch burnings in Ypsilanti (and if anyone had a reason to burn stuff it would be Normalite/Huron/Eagle fans).  I dunno.


February 25th, 2013 at 7:08 PM ^

If MSU and WVU got together for some massive blaze off to see, once and for all, which school is the best at couch burning, I think you would be able to see the amount of smoke from space.

Vince McMahon, Donald Trump or someone needs to make this happen.


February 25th, 2013 at 8:30 PM ^

Even if something like this effort perhaps becomes a thing, it still may take years to get all the combustion by-products of the polyurethane foam and various flame retardants used in upholstery down to trace levels in East Lansing, not the least of which would be hydrogen cyanide gas, ammonia and carbon monoxide. It would have to be interesting to do a ground water study in the Red Cedar neighborhood.