VP Pence hosts rally in Holland

Downtown Holland, Michigan got a big visit from Vice President Mike Pence and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on their Keep America Great bus tour. “Lots of people, all very excited today,” said Vice Chair of Michigan Federation of College Republicans Evan Oudekerk. “We’re looking forward to whatever he has to say.” Holland resident Anne Vanderziel had seen President Trump before and was excited to see the Vice President and former Press Secretary in person. “I came because I believe what Trump and Pence stands for,” said Vanderziel.

Silver Bells lights up downtown Lansing

Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City event kicked off the holidays in a big way with a light parade, a 60 foot Christmas tree and fireworks. But there was still some preparation needed to make the event perfect. Lansing firefighter Tiffany Dickerson spent the morning before the festivities with her crew decorating their fire truck with thousands of lights. “It’s always a lot of fun to decorate,” said Dickerson. “This’ll
be my first year driving the truck, so I’m excited about that.”

Additionally, Lansing Board of Water and Light launched
their annual Toys for Tots drive in the city just before the start of the
event.

Frandor Sears announces closing

Another Lansing staple is set to close early next year. The Frandor Sears location announced a few weeks ago their closing. The department store has been leasing that location since 1954. “Sears has ten years left on their lease,” said real estate developer Pat Gillespie of the Gillespie group. “They have rights to be in the building for ten more years.

Justice Heals: connecting survivors and shelter dogs

It’s not every day that you see a collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Survivors, but that’s what one program is helping bring together. The program is called Justice Heals and it’s providing sexual assault survivors support while giving shelter dogs a second chance at life. “[It’s] a journey that we would work with the survivors and dogs from start to their finishes or their destination,” said veterinary behaviorist Dr. Marie Hopfensperger, who helped found Justice Heals. Justice Heals is broken down into four steps starting with an initial meeting between the survivor and the dog evolving into gradual meetings like taking the dog for a walk. The final step is the potential to adopt the dog.

Sustainability group lights up CATA stops

Students take the CATA buses to and from classes pretty much every day, and that’s why the group Sustainable Spartans want to make getting from place to place a little safer. With the help from a $25,000 grant from Ford Motor Company, they want to put in solar lights at 10 to 12 bus stops across campus in addition to the one already in East Neighborhood. “If we can bring together safety and sustainability at the same time, then we knew it was something that MSU would definitely want to be a part of,” said Sustainable Spartans’ president Alexa Marsh. The Ford Motor Company Fund grant is geared toward helping educational nonprofits work toward sustainable energy goals that they want to accomplish. Marsh said Sustainable Spartans were a little late in applying for the grant itself last spring, but it was worth it.

Local pet shop hosts annual dog costume contest

Last Friday, hundreds of dogs had a tail-wagging good time at Preuss Pet’s annual Howloween event in Old Town. Dogs, both big and small, dressed to the nines in their best costumes, whether it was store-bought or homemade. There was trick-or-treating at businesses up and down Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and a costume contest with over eighty participants. “It’s a lot of fun to bring your dog out, show them around and get some cookies,” said Ann Williams, who brings her dog, Splash, every year. The winner of the costume contest took home a one-hundred-dollar gift card to Preuss Pets, dog food and a basket full of dog toys.

Fatal accident shuts down intersection in East Lansing

A 20-year-old man was killed on his moped in an accident Friday morning at the intersection of Hagadorn and Mt. Hope Roads. “At approximately 7:30 a.m. we responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection,” said Meridian Township Police Lieutenant Rick Grillo. “The moped was travelling northbound on Hagadorn and was hit by a driver in a white Dodge Ram.”

Lieutenant Grillo confirmed the moped driver was wearing a helmet and the driver of the truck was wearing their seatbelt. No one was under the influence. The scene reopened around 12:45 p.m.

An investigation is still ongoing.

MSU library’s short story dispenser promotes on the go reading

If you’ve walked into the main library recently, you’ve probably
noticed the Short Edition Short Story Dispenser right across from the main
desk. The dispenser was created in France and is fairly new to America. There’s machines located at the Capital Region Airport, the Dairy Store and the East Lansing Public Library. The machines in the Lansing area are the first in Michigan. “Theres a lot of public domain stuff classic poetry like Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost,” said Collections Librarian Michael Rodriguez.

Elevator form collapses at Abbot apartment construction

On Tuesday afternoon, an elevator form collapsed on the
eleventh floor of The Abbot apartment construction site and was hanging on the
edge of the building. “They were placing that form, it shifted on them and it’s in
a position right now that it’s not supposed to be,” said East Lansing Fire
Department Captain Leo Allaire. “They have it stabilized with the crane and the
area right now is shut down to pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic until we
can get this incident stabilized.”

Workers called in a crane from Detroit and engineers from Chicago to assess the damage. The form itself was 4,000 pounds. “I was trying to go to Noodles [and Company] and I walk up
and I see this caution tape,” said junior Aaron Mentzer.

“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.