EAST LANSING (WXYZ) — Michigan State University has released the once scrapped “teal” issue of its alumni magazine, highlighting the university’s role in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, acting-president Satish Udpa announced Friday.
The magazine was set to be published last year, but was reportedly nixed by interim-president John Engler, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The original 29-page edition pulled no punches, featuring a tattered teal ribbon on its cover above the headline “Finding Our Way,” with a subheading declaring that the Nassar scandal has “changed how we thought of ourselves as Spartans.”
Inside, articles addressed allegations that MSU employees were told of Nassar’s abuses but failed to stop him, the pain caused by university leaders in their callousness towards survivors and how Nassar groomed his victims.
“Until we take action to right this wrong,” said one article, “all of MSU’s achievements feel tarnished.”
But under Engler’s administration, the magazine was scrapped and replaced with a much rosier edition, highlighting positive actions MSU took in wake of the Nassar scandal and minimizing its repeated failures—including those of Engler himself, who was ultimately forced to resign by the Board of Trustees over repeated insults to survivors.
In August, The State News published portions of the magazine online.
‘(W)e believe it is never too late to do the right thing,” said Paula M. Davenport, the MSU alumni magazine editor, in announcing the magazine's release.
In addition to the full release of the “teal” magazine online, portions of the issue will be included in this month’s edition of the published Spartan alumni magazine.