MSU professor takes bugs to national television

For those who are fans of the Oxygen Network, an MSU professor is the channel’s newest star. Dr. Eric Benbow, a forensic entomologist at Michigan State University, was called upon to work on the Oxygen series “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice.” The episode centers around Todd Geib, a 22-year-old who was found in a lake north of Grand Rapids. The autopsy concluded it was death by drowning, but bugs found on the body said otherwise. That’s where Dr. Benbow comes in.

Club at MSU teaches you how to quickstep

If you’re a student at Michigan State and a friend asks you to go dancing, we’re pretty sure it wouldn’t be at this location… but maybe it’s exactly the dance floor for a quickstep. It’s the ballroom dance team- a club here at MSU that meets Monday through Thursday, every week, 10 p.m. till midnight. “It’s a good way to wrap up a stressful day,” Taylor Kuminski, a student majoring in animal science, said. Think of it like ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ just after chemistry class.

Andy Schor

Lansing budget would power all city buildings with 100% renewable energy by July

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor proposed a plan March 25 to use 100 percent renewable energy for all city government buildings. This would make Lansing the first city in Michigan to do so. Part of his budget proposal included a plan to buy renewable energy credits from the Lansing Board of Water and Light. “We decided that the city of Lansing should be a leader and should purchase renewable power,” said Schor. “We looked at our budget, and we made this a priority.”

Councilmember Peter Spadafore commended Schor.

East Lansing and MSU celebrate gay and trans rights

East Lansing students and residents are coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. On April 1, a kick-off was hosted in the MSU Ballroom. Representatives from many campus groups attended the event, including curators from the MSU Library. Elisa Landaverde, metadata librarian, became responsible for the LGBTQ+ Special Collection in 2018. “My interest is to expand what we have to be more inclusive,” she explained.

East Lansing prepares for Final Four

East Lansing bars and area police have made plans for Saturday night’s Final Four game between Michigan Stat University and Texas Tech. They are asking people to stay celebrate smartly and warning that, if trouble occurs, even bystanders can be subject to arrest.