C.W. Otto’s future still uncertain four years after closing

On Thomas Street in North Lansing sits a massive empty building, resembling a factory more than what it actually is: a former middle school. In 2013, the Lansing School District shuttered C.W. Otto Middle in a move district Chief of Operations Teresa Szymanski says was due in part to declining enrollment. The number of students at Otto had fallen sharply in recent years, from a peak of nearly 1200 in 1993 to less than 600 in 2012, according to Public School Review. She said the decline, which mirrors a dip of over 13,000 in Lansing’s population from 1990-2010, made closing the school the district’s best option. “I wasn’t here when that decision was made, but I’m sure it had to do with ‘right-sizing’ for building-student population,” Szymanski said.

Non-voting Spartans explain why they stayed home on Election Day

In any election cycle, there are two groups of people playing the biggest part in the outcome:  candidates and voters. Without voters, candidates would be campaigning to no one in particular, and without candidates, voters would be unable to select someone to run their country that they feel closely represents their values. However, this means a significant amount of the population is left behind. Non-voters, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, make up 42.5 percent of the eligible voting population. But they are often dismissed as irresponsible or unpatriotic, when their reasons for staying away from the polls are as diverse as their opinions.