With its large student body, MSU has a wide variety of
campus activities. ASMSU is the undergraduate student government.
It is known for its unusual bicameral structure, which includes
the parallel Student Assembly and Academic Assembly. The
State News is the widely distributed campus newspaper. Other
important campus groups include COGS, the Council of Graduate
Students, RHA, the MSU Resident Life Association, and the
Greek System, which had has a moderate but loyal following
compared to other major universities.
Michigan State University is also credited with developing
cisplatin, a leading cancer fighting drug, and homogenization
of milk amongst many other recent innovations.
5 External links (Name Changes)
Agricultural College of the State
of Michigan (1855) - This was the name by which the
1855 legislation referred to the nascent college.
| State Agricultural College (1861) - After a massive
reorganization in 1861, the name was changed to something
|Michigan Agricultural College (1909). By 1909 there
were many agricultural colleges in the US. The name
was changed to M.A.C. to remove ambiguity about what
state the college was in.
|Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied
Science (1925). M.A.C. wanted to remove the word "agriculture"
from its name, but the University of Michigan opposed
the name change. This name was created as a compromise,
but M.S.C. rarely used the "Agriculture and Applied
Science" part of its name.
|Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied
Science (1955) On its hundredth anniversary, M.S.C.
became a university, but wasn't allowed to remove its
"agriculture" moniker. Michigan State University
(1964). With the Michigan Constitution of 1964, M.S.U.
finally dropped the words "Agriculture and Applied
Science" from its name.
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