MSU freshman Sam Bryant talks to Sajjad Abdul while riding the CATA bus.

MSU students exercise their right to vote on Election Day

“It’s either you stand for something or fall for nothing,” said Michigan State University freshman Sam Bryant on voting in the 2016 Presidential Election. Thousands of MSU students feel the same way, with record-high numbers of new student voters registering to vote in this year’s election.

CATA will offer free rides to anyone showing a voter registration card on Nov. 8.

CATA offers free rides to voters on Election Day

Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, will offer free rides on Election Day, Nov. 8. A bus pass will not be required. CATA Director of Marketing Laurie Robison wrote in an email that “a valid voter registration card is all that’s required for a free ride aboard CATA on Election Day.”

Shelly Lahanas watches her daughter Eleni give Tate Smith candy at the Wild Goose Inn's Land of Oz.

Annual Great Pumpkin Walk takes place in East Lansing

East Lansing’s annual Great Pumpkin Walk brought hundreds of trick-or-treaters to the city’s downtown area on Oct. 27. Families from East Lansing and its surrounding area brought their children to trick-or-treat at the Great Pumpkin Walk, where attendees were abe to trick-or-treat at more than 50 downtown merchants. The Wild Goose Inn, located on Albert Avenue, also hosted its annual “Land of Oz” as part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, where volunteers from All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre dressed as characters from “the Wizard of Oz” and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treaters will have another chance to trick-or-treat on Halloween, too.

Laura Bohannon

Black Lives Matter rally highlights racial concerns heading into election

Race relations in the United States weighed heavily on the minds of East Lansing residents on Oct. 6. As the Bernie Sanders rally at Adams Field was winding down, a Black Lives Matter rally was held in front of the MSU Union. East Lansing resident Kwafo Adarkwa brought his family, including his two young daughters. “I have two children that are biracial and it’s important for them to feel safe, for me to feel safe.

Michigan State University students ride bikes among pedestrians at a busy intersection on campus.

Distraction dominates roads in East Lansing

Car versus bike and car versus pedestrian accidents are common in East Lansing, said East Lansing Police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth. “It’s a monthly occurrence. We get car versus either pedestrian or bike, skateboarder, you name it. You get them monthly. Sometimes multiples in a month,” he said.