Sparty Island looks to become a staple in East Lansing

MSU junior Richard Allen III has begun his own business, Sparty Island, that specializes in Coney Island style food. There had been a demand for an authentic coney style restaurant in East Lansing due to there being a large demographic of students from the Metro Detroit area where Coney Islands are popular. Allen has just begun his journey and allowed us to speak about the business on opening day of Sparty Island.

Eating green: becoming vegan or vegetarian

Reasons for choosing to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet vary between people. Some do it for health reasons, others for ethical. Some do it as an experiment, to see if they can handle the dietary change. 

“I just started to grow bored meat. Then I watched a documentary about dairy farms … that official did it for me,” explains Christina Melaku, a graduate of Michigan State University, who is currently trying to transition into vegetarianism. 

The choice to become a vegetarian or vegan is typically an easy one.

When locals speak: Top-rated restaurants in Lansing and what makes them finger-licking good

Between Google reviews, Trip Advisor, Yelp and more, it’s not hard to find out what people think about restaurants in the area, but if you ever find yourself wondering what’s good to eat in the Capitol City, a word from the locals might just help. Here, we explore four Lansing-based restaurants with 4.6 stars or higher on Google reviews to find out what makes people keep coming back for more. The restaurants include Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant, Meat BBQ, El Oasis, and Soup Spoon Cafe. See the images below to find out more about the restaurants and read what restaurant-goers had to say about them.

New Banners for Williamston


Williamston has decided to revamp its obsolete city banners and introduce bright new ones to the downtown area. “Yes, the current banner inventory of banners that we have for the city are worn and outdated,” said Tammy Gilroy, Williamston mayor. “The new design will be more in line with our city’s current branding and identity moving forward.”

At the Williamston City Council meeting March 26, pictures of the banners were shown and were predicted to go up in the summer. The city clerk Holly Thompson has been overseeing the banner project and has worked with the designer over the past couple months. “She[Thompson] took the lead on the banner project,” said Rachel Piner city treasurer.

Mason’s population moves toward becoming younger, more diverse

As a predominately white, older and wealthier community, one wouldn’t expect the rural town of Mason to be very diverse. However, the community is moving in a more diverse direction, according to resident Erica Earls. “I think Mason is slowly getting there, but it’d be nice if we could expedite that process,” said Earls. As of 2010, 21.7 percent of Mason residents were from the ages of 20-34 and 92.4 percent identified themselves as Caucasian, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Having diversity within a community depends on a lot of factors, according to Michigan State University’s Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and Director of MSUE Urban Collaborators, Zenia Kotval.

Downtown Mason continues to grow. Parking spaces? Not so much

Parking in downtown Mason can be a struggle at times, especially in the summer with festivals the city holds. But mayor of Mason Russell Whipple said, “The best problem you can have is not enough parking.” The downtown square has been a top attraction for Mason residents and as the city continues to grow, more people will be making their way downtown. Mason resident Roger Arend said, “It’s busier than it was 50 years ago … more houses, more people, the streets are the same length, parks the same amount of cars with twice as many people so what’re you gonna do.”

Drinking holidays in East Lansing increase revenue at bars and liquor stores

East Lansing, being a college town, has a lot of bars and liquor stores where alcohol can be obtained. Those places see an increase in the amount of alcohol sales around several holidays that are considered drinking holidays. These drinking holidays are just normal holidays that society has associated with drinking. Either at parties or in social places such as bars as well as purchasing alcohol from liquor stores these holidays have become connected to alcohol. Some bars and liquor stores see an influx of people around drinking holidays.