“Higher than acceptable” level of legionella discovered at vet lab

During routine tests last Thursday, MSU staff found a higher than normal level of legionella bacteria at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory cooling tower on the south side of campus. “We immediately took action Thursday night,” said Fred Woodhams of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. “We shut down the cooling tower and began procedures to sanitize the tower.” The cooling tower is part of the laboratory’s HVAC system. The sanitization process took place over the weekend.

Runners dash during dinosaur 5k

On Sunday, October 6th it wasn’t the dinosaurs that invaded campus, it was runners at the 34th annual MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash. Almost one thousand people attended the event held at the MSU Museum. The race featured a 5k and a Museum Mile for kids. After the race, participants enjoyed photo ops and food as well as a chance to go see some fossils inside the museum. “It brings a lot of people to campus and East Lansing, but
the greater Lansing area, as well,” said Event Manager Michael Secord.

Severe weather rained on MSU’s parade

Severe weather ended up cancelling MSU Homecoming’s favorite
traditions last Friday: the parade. It was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and feature the Spartan Marching Band, this year’s grand marshal Susan Packard and, of course, Sparty. MSU alumna Lisa Centner traveled with her husband from Chicago to see their daughter Adelle, who is a junior pyschology major. The Centners were planning on watching the parade with her husband’s fraternity Theta Chi. “They have the seats for us to sit out on the front lawn so
we were going to go there,” said Centner.

The Hub causes headaches for students moving in

The Hub on Campus is one of East Lansing’s newest high-rise apartments located on the corner of Bogue and Grand River. Students were promised a rooftop pool, a sauna and luxury apartments. While most of that was fulfilled, some students had trouble moving in and some rooms weren’t even finished. “This was my first year off campus, actually, so I was kind of excited to live in an apartment,” said senior marketing major Ryan Burk. “That was probably my one big thing for senior year.”

He and his roommates decided to live at the Hub in September
2019 after passing by the construction on Grand River.

Lansing honors those touched by suicide

It’s the end of suicide awareness month and the Lansing community came together with an awareness walk to support those affected by mental illness. The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is an annual event that happens throughout the country and is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. About one thousand people attended the gathering Saturday, September 27th at Hawk Island Park, raising almost $54,000. “Half of the money that we raise here stays locally and half
of it goes to the national level,” said Liz Baker, co-chair of the event. “The
national level provides advocacy and research and support.

War on opioids affects local community

The opioid crisis has impacted communities across the nation, and Lansing is no exception. Walnut Neighborhood, located between Old Town and downtown Lansing, is currently struggling with an incoming drug rehabilitation facility proposed in their community. With a lot of turn-of-the-century homes, this neighborhood was part of the original plat of designed homes for Lansing. This is also where the former Michigan School for the Blind campus is located. A house on that land, known as the Superintendent’s house, is where the proposed drug rehabilitation facility is going to be.

MSU students prepare for finals week

As the semester approaches an end, many students at MSU are preparing for final exams and beginning to put their schedules together for the next school year. About four weeks are left in the spring 2018 semester and students are starting to sift through their class notes, study and work hard to reach their desired grade. Thomas Adams, a media and information major at MSU, said he is trying to read over his notes and study in advance to get good grades. “I’m just studying my butt off, mostly reading notes, going to study sessions, stuff like that,” Adams said. Many students also have class projects at the end of the semester.

Neighborhood tour addresses citizen’s concerns about roads

On March 19, the City of Lansing held their first Road Map Neighborhood Tour meeting at Letts Community Center. The goal of this meeting was to provide citizens information about road repair, deliver news about upcoming projects and let members of the community provide input on how road dollars should be spent. Andy Kilpatrick, Lansing’s Director of Public Service, presented an overview of Lansing’s roads. “This is the first time I’m aware that we’ve had meetings specifically around roads in this type of setting,” Kilpatrick said. According to research done by the Public Service Department, over 75 percent of Lansing’s roads are in a poor state.

Public hearing confirmed for Department of Natural Resources grants

On March 12, the Director of Lansing’s Parks and Recreation, Brett Kaschinske, spoke to the Lansing City Council regarding applying for grants to improve some natural spaces across the Lansing area. These requests have an April 1 deadline. These areas include Hunters Ridge Drive, Willard Avenue, Wise Road, Cambridge to Frances Park Trail, and Rudolph and Dorothy Wilson Park. The department is applying for two different types of grants: acquisition and development. Acquisition grants allows the property owner to receive 100 percent of the appraisal price.

Bernie Sanders headlines anti-Trump tax tour

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) headlined the Repeal Trump Tax Tour at the Lansing Center hosted by the liberal group Not One Penny on Feb. 25. This is a 100-day tour, which kicked off last month. According to Not One Penny, the goal of the tour is to “hold Republicans accountable for raising taxes on 92 million middle-class families to give massive tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.”

Sanders was accompanied by several other local activists, including Mari Copeny, known as Little Miss Flint, Melissa Mackney of the group MomsRising, Andrea Pietrowsky and her three-year-old daughter of Little Lobbyists and Michigan State University student Omar Karim. “The reason we always have ordinary people come forward to talk about what’s going on in their lives is that as a nation, we don’t do that enough,” Sanders said.