November 1, 2013 - 10:49pm
BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR
The Central Student Government assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to “Beat State,” — their own way of celebrating the more than century-long rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
In anticipation of the upcoming rivalry football game, CSG passed a resolution that called on the executives of the Associated Students of Michigan State University — MSU’s student government — to send a photograph to CSG with them wearing Michigan apparel if MSU lost the game. Following last season’s Michigan vs. MSU game, ASMSU’s executive board failed to follow through with the same bet with CSG’s executive board.
The Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry began in earnest between 1907 and 1916, when the Wolverines left what is now the Big 10 conference and had to schedule new opponents. It escalated when the Spartans joined the Big 10 — much to Michigan’s chagrin. The intensity rose again in 1973, when Michigan State’s Athletic Director allegedly voted to send Ohio State University to the Rose Bowl over the Wolverines.
“A Resolution to Beat State” stated that the authors of the resolution, seven CSG members, believed MSU had the easiest schedule in the Big 10 this year and that they “did not want to hear the amount of gloating that would come” if MSU won the Legends Division as well.
As ASMSU President Evan Martinak and several of his co-executives were reelected to their student government positions from the last academic term, the CSG assembly reinstated the bet — adding that they would send ASMSU University apparel if they claimed not to have any of their own.
“The resolution expresses CSG's belief that Michigan will prevail in this weekend's game, and additionally calls on you to hold up that end of the bet from last year (we'll get you the shirts),” CSG President Michael Proppe wrote in an e-mail to Martinak.
This time around, the bet included a punishment. If MSU loses Saturday’s game and if ASMSU once again fails to hold up their end of the bargain, all official CSG communications would thereafter refer to ASMSU as “Little Brother Student Gov.”
— Daily Sports Editor Alejandro Zúñiga contributed to this story.