Help Sparty catch a thief

On April 6, 2016, in The WestermaNation, by Scott Westerman

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 1.46.32 PMSparty’s golf cart was taken from its parking place at the MSU Union on Sunday night and ended up in the Red Cedar River near the Computer Center. Most importantly, I’m glad nobody was hurt. As expensive as the cart may be, it is replaceable. A human life is not.

All the same, we want to apprehend the people responsible. I wanted to think of something that would have a benefit beyond the Sparty program and came up with the notion of encouraging tips by contributing $1,000.00 to the student run organization of the tipster’s choice. For added value, I’m throwing in a pair of my best football seats for the game of his or her choice during the 2016 home season.

Details are in the press release, below, but I hope you’ll help us catch a thief and help an SRO!


The MSU Alumni Association is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the theft of Sparty’s golf cart April 3.

Sometime between the hours of 9-11 p.m. that night, the iconic mascot’s specially designed golf cart was taken from its parking spot near the MSU Union and was dumped in the Red Cedar River near the MSU Computer Center.

Clint Stevens, director of the Sparty Mascot Program, said a $1,000 reward will be donated to a student-run organization that is selected by the person who submits the information. They also will receive two football tickets to the home game of their choice during the 2016 season. Anonymity is guaranteed and Sparty, himself, will present the check to the selected student-run organization.

The Spartans Will Global Day of Service is just around the corner,” Stevens said, referring to the association-sponsored worldwide service event, set for April 16. “We hope to encourage a witness to come forward in the spirit of service to our student body.”

Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman said the vehicle suffered serious water damage and will have to be replaced.

“The Sparty program is self-sustaining,” he said. “With over 500 appearances in a given year, the golf cart is essential to Sparty’s ability to spread the Spartan Spirit across campus.”

Persons with information regarding the incident are encouraged to contact Detective Chad Davis with the Michigan State University Police Department at (517) 355-2226 or at


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