Lansing currently doesn’t have an abundance of grocery stores, but for several neighborhoods in Lansing, The Allen Farmers Market, located in the Allen Neighborhood Center, serves as a substitute for the regular supermarket, and has done so for the last five years. “In 2013 we opened the Allen Market Place facility, which houses a lot of our other programs, but that was the first year we went year round,” market manager Julia Kramer said. “We have every type product you could ever need, and everything here is local. It’s grown, or produced and prepared in Michigan.”
Kramer said the local aspect of the market makes it an asset, especially to residents in a community without easy access to fresh foods. “There isn’t really a grocery store within the neighborhoods boundaries.
East Lansing High School opened the curtains to its Spring Musical on March 16. Opening night was met with a full auditorium, as tickets were sold out. Director Adam Woolsey doesn’t see the success stopping there.
Everett athletic director Mike Smith was named football head coach on Jan. 29 after former coach and athletic director Chad Foster resigned back in November. Foster was placed on administrative leave for having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to a Lansing State Journal report. Foster was disciplined by the school for allegedly interacting with a 17-year-old female student that school officials deemed unprofessional and inappropriate. Smith left his head coaching position at Eaton Rapids High School to become the new athletic director at Everett in January, a couple of weeks prior to being named head coach of the football team.
At Haslett’s Feb. 12 school board meeting, standardized test scores were at the forefront of everyone’s mind. For nearly half the meeting, Haslett High School Principal Bart Wegenke read from statistics that demonstrated how their students performed on standardized tests.
With the new Red Cedar Elementary and other school renovations over the next few years, what will happen with school of choice? East Lansing Board of Education Trustee Nichole Martin said some theories state that the opening of Red Cedar will bring in more students from other districts, but that is not her understanding. Martin said that besides Red Cedar, each elementary school will be built to hold 290 students. This is a smaller capacity than they hold now. By time the renovation happens, some current students in elementary school will have moved to the middle schools.
The Poetry Room is a new company that allows people to express themselves with poetry open mics and that is now going to different areas to host smaller open mic nights. Grace Carras and Masaki Takahashi own the Reotown company. It’s located in the Robin Theatre and has events the last Tuesday of every month. Events not only are open mics, but joke telling and musicians. Other workshops have been held at Strange Matter Coffee.
Head coach Rob Smith has established himself as a top-tier leader for the East Lansing Lady Trojans for more than 15 years. He recently reached a career milestone of 300 wins as their head coach, and his team is ranked number 2 in the Class A division in the state and went into the playoffs undefeated.
While the MSU community works to heal from sexual assaults by Larry Nassar, students and faculty alike are looking for a person to bring about change, hope and a new way of life for the university. MSU sophomore and Nassar survivor Kat Ebert, said she hopes to do exactly that. “Yes, it was horrible. “But, I feel like it has helped me find my calling. I want to help other people, and I’ll do whatever it takes.”
— Kat Ebert
Ebert said that the counseling resources on campus are very limited, especially now that demand has become so high.
Spring is bringing a lot of activity to Red Cedar Elementary. School construction is underway. After a $93.77 million bond millage was passed last May, the construction of Red Cedar Elementary has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony expected soon. At the Feb 12 meeting, the school board awarded a bid of $273,300 to Midwest Wall Company, LLC. The board also passed a motion to authorize Clark Construction reimbursable general conditions not to exceed $162,600 for the renovation project.