Cheerleader of the week

Almost all of Kristine’s family has graduated from Michigan State University, so you could say that she was destined to be a Spartan long before she actually signed her letter of intent. The good news, though, is that Kristine has carved out her own history in the school by doing something no one else in her family has done–join the cheerleading squad.

Kristine is a Junior who double-majors in Economics and Finance, but still finds the time to cheerlead (20+ hours/week) and work at the Michigan Lottery. Both the Spartans and the football team’s punter (Mike Sadler–her bf) really hit the jackpot when they landed this Michigan native.


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  • College:
    Michigan State University
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  • Major:
    Dbl. Major: Finance/Economics
  • Hometown:
    Troy, MI



What are your favorite things about being a Michigan State Spartan?
The campus is huge, there are so many people, you meet people from all over, the athletics are amazing, there’s always a good atmosphere.

Did you always know you were going to be a cheerleader?
I started cheering when I was about seven or eight years old for my flag football team. And when it came time to go to school, I had to pick between cheerleading and gymnastics. I have a really big football family, so I think that’s what steered me towards cheerleading.

How did you choose to go to Michigan State?
Well my whole family are Michigan State alumni. My mom and dad went there and met at Michigan State, so I bleed green like no other. Even my grandpa played football there, so it was kind of inevitable that I would end up here. It’s where I belong.

How busy does cheerleading keep you throughout the week?
We probably devote about twenty hours of cheerleading, roughly, but I also have a part-time job working at the Michigan Lottery. All my friends ask if I have any lucky numbers to suggest for the lottery, but the truth is I wouldn’t even have the slightest idea.

Who’s bigger on campus: the basketball team or the football team?
Michigan State used to be known mostly for our basketball team, so for a while it was basketball. But since winning the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten Championship, football continues to become more popular. So I think it’s about pretty even now.

What are some good late-night spots in East Lansing?

Harpers is where my parents met, so that’s always been one of my favorite places. Some other popular places are Rick’s, Conrad’s, Dublin, El Azteca, and Hopcat.