Michigan State University Piece

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*Michigan State*

MSU entrants travel cross-country across the Red Cedar River of East Lansing to reach the epitome of the college experience.
They are greeted by abundant trees, winding roads, and gothic architecture beyond the forested corridors. At the intersection of Chestnut and Kalamazoo, south of the Cedar River, they meet
The Spartan.
It is at this junction when entrants, guests, and intruders alike realize that
This is the Spartan State—Not Wolverine Country.
Prowlers will not prance. Only
Real Spartans Advance.
Transforming Lives by Advancing Knowledge.
We preserve energy for essential encounters and destroy the hazardous pollution of reservation to defend this land.
Proceed, New Entrants! Maintain this Environment!
Go Green.

Spartans, Stand Strong
on this land your ancestors built.
This pioneer land grants students with the exploration of nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, industrial and organizational psychology, and we continue forward in our advancement of knowledge by placing only the nation’s best new teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms. We rehabilitate distressed minds that have lost their ways so that they, too, can advance to their goals. Say it Loud:

We Are Spartans!

Led by Sparty we fill the Spartan Stadium with Spartan Pride—

You are now surrounded by the Spartan Army.

In Breslin, where the winner is determined by determination,
You will know
the
Spartan Will.

There is magic in this storied center. With a rich basketball tradition, we have hoisted 13 Big Ten championships and two national championships.
We tried to send out a raven to tell the world of our conquers,
but
Our Magic killed The Bird.

Fear the Spartans.

Take heed of the army going down the downtown strip.
This is a Greek community of over 50 organizations.
We started as the 300,
now over
3,000 in this Greek Nation…

And that still leaves over 40,000 thirsty Spartans ready to fill their cups.

Our Spartans spread out across the globe in their pursuits of educational dominance more than any institution in this nation. We also fight from home to keep the peace abroad. We fight against South African apartheid and for worldwide freedom
While defending the political advancement of this great country.

We believe change starts here in this miraculous institution.

And we vow not to stop at the pages of the Red Cedar Log. No, our journey is just beginning.
Young warriors, when you surmount your beloved institution, and graduate to the vast, intimidating world at your feet. Do not let these tears slow you down…

Spartans,

Go Forth

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Ferris State University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*Ferris State University*

Woodbridge Nathan Ferris founded this school so that our students can graduate with promise fulfilled and a handed-down oath to endeavor to continue educating Michigan.
Renovated guides of learning who have mastered in our campus’ green spaces; and these small-town renovations will tour this world to see their own innovations.
From the tutelage of Nathan Ferris we have learned to neither be optimists nor pessimists, but meliorists who have learned that in this modern age: Time and distance indeed have been annihilated, and
Since there is less progress to be made,
There’s all the more progress to be made.
We must journey together as savages of mental hunger,

Ravenous Dogs

Feeding on the crimson sunsets of Big Rapids
with mellow gold beauty along the White Pine Trails.
Taking the Riverwalk to stroll aside the oblique currents of the
crisp Muskegon River.
This is nature at its finest, and Ferris State University’s finest
can meet in this security with all of Michigan and beyond—
And tour again in the wonders of our imaginations,
then recollect
to
Imagine More.

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Central Michigan University Piece

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*Central Michigan University*

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe are people of honor, pride…and
Community.
A Chippewa once said that a civilization is not measured by the heights of concrete buildings, but rather its people, and how they interact with their environment
And one another.
CMU is an institution of fellowship. A place where over 25,000 students come together with the camaraderie of a single neighborhood.
The Chippewa Tribe is our neighbor. And with pride we will defend this name.
Because this name represents not only tradition—but respecting tradition. CMU is host to community events such as the Michigan Special Olympics, family fun like Siblings Week,
and the Merrill Hall Block Party.
CMU operates many campus-wide events of school spirit…

We also throw a hell of a party.

Fire Up.

***

Like a Cymbal Crash of fans in McGuirk Arena,
It’s going down—
Get Fired Up.

There’s local bands tonight at Hunter’s & Rubble’s,
It’s going down—
Get Fired Up.

Rainbow Seekers, Frontier Ruckus, Newday Dreamers:
Shoulders of Stones—
Fired Up.

Beautiful Bones—
Gold lit up.
Fire Up!
Fire Up!
Fire Up!

We go to O’Kelly’s for pint night,
The best spot for game night,
Watch the Red Wings, while eating hot wings,
Fire it Up!
It’s Party Night!

Oh, Wayside, Oh, Wayside,
Pitchers of Beer—
Waist High.
Cages,
Stripper Poles,
Hard Grind—
All Night.

Some say this place is a little sleazy, but

♫I don’t see nothin’ wrooong….with a little dance and grind♫
Besides, these drunken undergrads
Don’t seem to mind.

And when the room begins to spin after
The Bell-ringers,
Class is erased:
Revelry is now in session.
Fire up.
Keep it hot and sweaty:
Turn up-Turn up.
Dance-Dance all night,
Fire up-Fire up.

Wayside is the place where when you see a familiar face,
First you’re surprised,
Then you greet and grind your neighbor,
And hope tonight they’ll stop by to visit your place,
You’ve worked the floor now you must put in the labor.

With a designed game plan to get the final OK,
Guys unlock car doors, then soon apartment doors…
Like the big moments in Kelly/Shorts Stadium,
These are considered the
Key Plays.

Get ready to shoot the cannon,
because a lot of folks are gonna score tonight.
Hail Chippewa! This victory is shared
When two or more people divide the delight.

The following Tuesday they run into their neighbor,
One returns from class while the other’s
on their way…
It is more than a customary greeting,
It is a shared remembrance
when
The Chips say,
“Hey.”

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Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

Do you want to learn about all the major universities of the Midwest region in a non-boring, creative fashion all within a few days’ time? Have you ever wanted to know what makes each university unique? Now you can find in this memorable collection that re-introduces the world to the greatness of these universities in this introduction to the Alma Mater series.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

Take this weekend to take a tour through the plains and skyscrapers of the Midwest. Go experience what it’s like in the Allen Fieldhouse. Travel through The Big Ten in schools like Nebraska, Minnesota, and Michigan. Learn of new places that made so many fall in love with college…and indeed, with life. Get the chill you can only get from the outdoors of the Midwest…right from the warmth of your couch. And do so, not for the price of an airline ticket…but for 99 cents.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

Take this weekend to take a tour through the plains and skyscrapers of the Midwest. Go experience what it’s like in the Allen Fieldhouse. Travel through The Big Ten in schools like Nebraska, Minnesota, and Michigan. Learn of new places that made so many fall in love with college…and indeed, with life. Get the chill you can only get from the outdoors of the Midwest…right from the warmth of your couch. And do so, not for the price of an airline ticket…but for 99 cents.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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Eastern Michigan University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)

*Eastern Michigan University*

SWOOP DOWN!
(clap-clap)
SWOOP DOWN!
(clap-clap)
SWOOP DOWN!
(clap-clap)
SWOOP DOWN!
(clap-clap)
SWOOP DOWN!
And LAND! In the land of Green and White!
SWOOP DOWN!
You Eagles, and FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!
SWOOP DOWN!
But don’t ever let your feet touch the ground!
SWOOP DOWN!
You’re flying with the Eastern Eagles Now!

Hear that call? That’s the Eastern Echo:
Here we go—
Here we go again.
Do you hear that call? That’s the Eagle Echo:
I said
Here we go—
Here we go again.

Eastern Eagles grew again,
New Eagles—
Movin’ in,
Move-in Magic—
Make a friend,
Share Fajitas and blend on in.
Make a splash like our swimming team—
In Olds-Robb in a
Stream of Green.
Stay on the green like cash machines,
We stay high on green—
Green Fiends.
Green & White is our way of life
And this Green & White
Is our way to life,
If we told you once, we told you twice:
An Eagle echoes:
His whole life.
Swoop Down, Eastern, and
Shake the Ground;
We kept the Huron strength—
Now let it sound.
If we told you once, we told you twice,
An Eagle’s Echo lasts
His whole life.

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