East Lansing restaurants work to provide unique customer service to citizens

As a college town, East Lansing is naturally home to restaurants that serve all kinds of food and vary from carry-out to sit-down restaurants. Since a large portion of the population is college students, it’s natural for East Lansing to be home to more carry-out dining options. Larry Martin is a professor of economics at Michigan State University, he explained why the market for restaurants in the city looks the way it does. “The market supplies what people want, and I don’t think there’s a great demand for what you call nicer sit-down restaurants,” Martin said. “When you go (to sit-down restaurants in East Lansing) you often see a lot of empty tables.”

East Lansing businesses work to cater to permanent residents

It’s only natural to assume that in a college town such as East Lansing, businesses will cater primarily to students. There are also major benefits to serving the interests of permanent residents as well however, as these people often times have different interests than students. Farnoosh Khodakarami, an associate professor of marketing at Michigan State University, laid out some reasons as to why it’s important for businesses to cater to permanent residents in addition to serving students. “I think the main reason is that as a company you want to build long term relationships hopefully with your customers and the problem with the student population is that they’re in town for at most like four years, so they’re not permanent residents of the town,” Khodakarami said. “(Students are) a good group to focus on but also it’s important to sustain your base of customers and focus on the permanent residents that live in the community and they’re not just leaving after four years of education,” Khodakarami said.

East Lansing residents, students work together to ensure best living environment

It’s no secret that families who share neighborhoods with students from a major university face unique circumstances. In the city of East Lansing, permanent residents often find themselves living in close proximity with students who live lifestyles completely different from their own. Naturally, some frustration among permanent residents regarding the more raucous lifestyle of college students is to be expected. “If the partying didn’t go on as much as it does along M.A.C. (Avenue) I’m sure people would be very happy,” said Jim Levande, an East Lansing native. “After a big game weekend if you walk along M.A.C. you’re gonna find all kinds of empty beverage containers,” Levande said.

East Lansing officials eyeing MSU’s response to Nassar scandal

When a crisis of tremendous magnitude occurs, it is sure to impact people on many different levels. This has been the case with the Larry Nassar crisis, as this issue has affected far more than just those affiliated with Michigan State University. Although people will most notably associate Nassar with Michigan State University, the rest of the city of East Lansing could suffer setbacks from this tragedy as well. Shanna Draheim is an alumnus of MSU, and current East Lansing City Council member and resident, as such she has a unique perspective on the crisis. “As a city official, I’m happy to see that steps are now being taken to address some of the structural failures on the part of MSU,” Draheim said.