MSU students react on social media to third presidential debate

When presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met for the highly-anticipated third and final debate on Oct. 19, social media was to react to every insult, policy debate, gaffe and sexual assault allegation. To see how Michigan State University students were reacting, we monitored Twitter before, during and after the debate. We wanted to understand how students, many of whom are preparing to vote their first election, felt about what was being said — and not said. We assessed the reactions, categorized them and pulled together some of the highlights from the night.

Spring break, confusion could reduce youth vote

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

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Picking winners will not be the biggest election challenge of 2016. That could be getting Michigan State students to vote in the primary during their spring break. East Lansing is making student voting initiatives a priority to get out the student vote. Michigan’s primary election registration deadline is Feb. 1.

El Niño to cause warmer winter

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

El Niño may be playing a role in the changing weather trends across the United States. The El Niño event is expected to cause Michigan weather to continue to be above average for winter. This November, Michigan has seen temperatures above average. In East Lansing temperatures reached a high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit on Nov. 3.

3 challengers oust Mayor Triplett from Council

Story by Jessie Martens
Photos and editing by Zach Robertson
Entirely East Lansing

Three new council members were elected Tuesday, unseating mayor Nathan Triplett. The winners were Mark Meadows, Shanna Draheim and Erik Altmann. Meadows led with 2,821 votes, followed by Draheim with 2,239 and Altmann with 2,212. Triplett had 1,955. It was clear from first precinct results that Jermaine Ruffin and Steve Ross would not be able to stay competitive with the rest of the candidates.

City Council honors members, staff

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

The East Lansing community said goodbye to two council members and honored many people at the last City Council meeting before the Nov. 3 election. The room was filled with residents who came to recognize the hard work of Councilmember Kathleen Boyle and Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris over their years on the council. The board and the community also recognized Ralph Monsma of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board of Directors. Boyle thanked the community, reminisced and said she’s excited to see all the changes that are still to come.

Tin Can East Lansing bar wins liquor license

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – East Lansing has a lively nightlife filled with businesses that help the community thrive. There are many establishments that serve alcohol, which led some councilmembers to oppose a liquor license application from Tin Can East Lansing, 408 E Michigan Ave., at the City Council meeting. The application asked approval for a special use permit to place a restaurant/bar serving alcohol under a Class C liquor license. The disagreements were focused around the 50-50 alcohol-to-food sales ratio that the council unanimously passed in 2013. Councilmember Kathleen Boyle suggested an amendment to the proposal that states the restaurant open at 11 a.m. instead of opening at 3 p.m. Councilmember Ruth Beier seconds this motion.

Gallery features local graphic designer and illustrator

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – The East Lansing Public Art Gallery is featuring local graphic designer and illustrator Jonathan Griffith for October. The gallery will feature his original illustrative and graphic work entitled, “Life, the Universe & Everything.”

At the event on Oct. 4, Griffith played his guitar and sang an original song about the opening of his gallery. He then said that art is a path that you should take if you are determined to work for it. Griffith, 32, said one of the most rewarding things about being an artist is, “when you work on something and you finish it and don’t recognize it as something you’ve created.”

Gallery Director Yvette Robinson said the gallery has featured a different artist every month since the grand opening in 2004.