Student refugees, humanitarian leaders and musicians took the stage together on Nov. 13, 2016 at the MSU Cook Recital Hall.

Storytelling concert puts local refugees on stage

On Nov. 13, students, professors and musicians took the stage at Michigan State University’s Cook Recital Hall to share experiences about what it is like to be a refugee. Emily Worline, founder of the nonprofit Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo, said the goal of this storytelling concert was to help demolish the divide between refugees and other Americans. Worline said her experience volunteering in Greece drove her to start the nonprofit group. While overseas, Worline said she was overwhelmed by the generosity from refugees who expected nothing back in return. “They fed me, they thanked me, they gave me their last fork and they went without and yet I knew that I did nothing for them,” Worline said.

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Understanding gaming’s minority underrepresentation

Despite making up more than half the human population, women are underrepresented in the gaming industry, and as a result, the medium reflects a straight, white male-dominated culture. The Electronic Software Association (ESA) collects data from dozens of game developers and publishers. In its 2016 report, the ESA found that 59 percent of gamers are men while 41 percent are women Despite these numbers, women are consistently underrepresented in games with a narrative focus. In 2015, there wasn’t a single female lead in the top 20 best-selling games, according to an original analysis of the games’ content. Meanwhile, 13 of the top 20 games featured male leads, with the rest being games where players can pick their gender.

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.

Once shunned as a “breastaurant,” Hooters now just another place to eat in Lansing

By Alana Easterling
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Hooters restaurant, once frowned upon by some, isn’t the shock it used to be. Since opening in the spring of 1983, Hooters has caused quite a controversy. Known for its fried chicken wings, and most importantly its glamorized waitresses dressed in skimpy uniforms, Hooters came to Lansing back in 2001. When it first arrived to the Lansing area, its desired location was in Frandor Shopping Center, but that was opposed by some local residents. “The people wouldn’t sign the ordinance to get the restaurant in the Frandor area,” said Katie Mullberry.

Annual Color Run “brings out more excitement and fun”

By Zachary Mitchell
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Lansing runners got their annual shot at the Color Run in downtown Lansing on July 9. Runners believe that this is a great way to support people to stay healthy, and have fun at the same time. The Color Run is a very large event and it has increased significantly in the past year. They have hosted over 225 events in more than 30 countries in 2015. “I think that the paint being used in the run just brings out more excitement and fun.

Yes, there are things to do in Lansing! But doubters persist.

By Alana Easterling
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Who said there’s nothing to do in Lansing? Recreational programs for the youth, festivals, attractions, and more are taking place throughout the summer, making a claim that Lansing isn’t as boring as some residents believe it to be. “Over 150 things to do in Lansing, and only 48 hours in a weekend,” is this year’s marketing campaign for the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB). The GLCVB is a company whose job is to attract tourists from surrounding cities to Lansing — to convince others that Lansing is indeed a fun city. Not everyone believes that.