John Engler, the Interim President of Michigan State, played a part in the school’s alumni magazine dropping a serious tone and instead going for rah-rah approach for its cover image.
The Detroit Free Press — and it is a must-read — details the entire story.
Originally planned to be a scaled back cover to showcase the serious problems the school is facing and the atmosphere it fostered, the initial cover was to feature a black-and-white photo of a woman with the only color being teal on her lips.
John Engler apparently played a role in the cover photo (shown below) that was actually used.
In call caps, that cover says, “The university, which faced the most difficult challenge in its history, has emerged and is going to be stronger, safer and more competitive than ever.” An odd way to try to positively spin how the school handled the Larry Nassar case.
While there happens to be some content in the magazine critical of Michigan State’s handling of everything, it is Engler’s interview that is the main event. Unfortunately, in what is a four-page interview, he largely just echoes sentiments from the cover.
“We’re builders here. We always have been. Let’s get back to doing that. … I think you’ll see … greater respect for Michigan State as we conduct ourselves the way a leading global university should.”
As the Detroit Free Press reports (and, again, please read it), Engler was directly involved in rebuking a rape victim’s allegations. The kicker from the Free Press is below:
The Free Press also obtained other emails from Engler to his top adviser where Engler accused survivor Rachael Denhollander of likely getting kickbacks from the trial attorneys involved in lawsuits against the school. Denhollander has denied the accusation.
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