Thanksgiving brings various traditions to MSU

With Thanksgiving this Thursday, Michigan State students are planning on celebrating the holiday with their family and friends. Students with international backgrounds have different ways of celebrating the American tradition. Chesca Alvarez, a senior from Novi, has a different Thanksgiving than everyone else. “My family actually eats Japanese food during Thanksgiving so we don’t really have, like, the typical Thanksgiving,” she said. While she can’t do Thanksgiving with her parents because they are in the Philippines, she gets to celebrate Thanksgiving with her siblings.

Guidelines prevent voter fraud in Lansing

The City of Lansing provided all precincts with guidelines and checkoff sheets for every step of the voting process in order to ensure the integrity of the process, said Robbin Bell, chair of precincts five and 45. “We always were meticulous,” Bell said. “Because of this, we haven’t felt the need to change how we go about things.”

The checkoff sheets list what job each worker is doing, what they have to do and how to do it.  

“You really have to go through the checklists,” Bell said. “Even when it comes to setting up the machines you have to go step by step or you could miss a very critical part and mess up the entire process.”

Bell said the system is simple and ensures that everything is connected in the start.

Brenke Ladder brings fishermen to Old Town

Whether it’s to head down to the river to relax and watch the water flow over the dam or to try and catch a meal, the Grand River and the Brenke Fish Ladder have become a communal place for people of all backgrounds to appreciate what nature and Old Town have to offer. “I come down to the fish ladder almost five days a week,” said Kurt Scobie, a fisherman from Everett, Michigan. “I love being by the water, it’s peaceful, calms me down and allows me to catch some dinner.”

The Brenke Fish Ladder was built in 1981 as a way to aid fish who were swimming upstream to spawn. Designed as a circle, the fish jump over barriers that slowly get taller and taller until they are safely above the dam and can continue up the river. “I fish here all the time,” said Azid Rodriguez, a Dewitt local who was fishing for catfish.