Jack Ebling poses in the studio at The Team 92.1 FM

Michigan State tournament streak gives Lansing sports fans something to root for

If you blinked, you just might have missed it. But the Michigan State Spartans led by head coach Tom Izzo ended their 2017 NCAA Tournament run after playing but two games. With a victory over Miami in the round of 64 and a loss to Kansas in the round of 32, it is not difficult to guess what East Lansing citizens were watching Friday and Sunday nights. But does the same loyalty to Spartan basketball exist next door in Lansing? Most people in Lansing are not directly connected to MSU other than the fact that they are only separated by a few miles.

Time run's out on meter before owner can return to pay again.

Downtown parking rates subject to a July 1 review

Whether it be a regular weekday or a special event like this most recent St. Patrick’s Day, parking in downtown has proven to be affordable and plentiful. With the implementation of pay -y-plate parking meters in recent years, by the Lansing Parking Services Department, the city continues to make an effort to simplify parking for citizens while effectively eliminating the old-school coin meters. Aside from the high-tech improvements a significant amount of parking lots and garages that offer convenient and economical options. “At times it can be a bit difficult finding a parking spot at one of the meters, but there are also parking lots available with plenty of spaces,” said Mrs. L. Vinson, a state employee.” “I work downtown and pay a monthly fee to have designated parking in a lot with in and out privileges.”

However good the prices or availability may be, there is still one problem that persists.

Percent of students that take and pass their AP tests in Lansing public high schools, and their college readiness index score according to U.S. News

Lansing public high schools struggling to make students college-ready

The Lansing Public School District has gained an outstanding reputation for their high schools from some. But others say the academics are as poor as Detroit Public Schools. Michigan State University academic advisor David Williams has worked in East Lansing for over 5 years, and currently has children in high school. Due to the reputation of the high schools in the Lansing area Williams sends all three of his kids to Okemos High School. Williams said the academics and environment of some public high schools isn’t something that allows students to grow and progress positively academically.

Lansing public school buses line up outside of Eastern High School on March 15, 2016. Photo by Taylor Skelton

‘It is an option that I wish more parents would explore:’ Homeschool community succeeds in Lansing

 

About 24 years ago, Kim Winter and her husband started Lansing’s largest homeschool support group, Christian Home Educators’ Support System (CHESS). Years later the organization has grown to serve nearly 300 homeschooling families in the greater Lansing area. CHESS focuses on helping parents and training them to be better teachers for their children. Additionally, they provide co-op meetings and enrichment days for students. With a home school community like Lansing’s, Winter says there are frequent opportunities for students to engage with each other.

Image from Fenner Nature center. Photo taken by Andy Chmura

Urbanization could actually help improve Lansing’s natural environment

Spring is coming. It may not feel like it today, it may not feel like it tomorrow and it may not even feel like it in the middle of May. Nevertheless, it is coming. Soon, the smell of freshly-cut grass on a neighbor’s lawn or the fragrance of a beautiful young wildflower will remind us something we often forget in the winter. There is nature around us and it is worth protecting.

A family stands united against line 5 and DAPL

Standing in Lansing with Standing Rock

On Friday, March 10 protestors in downtown Lansing marched on the state capital in support of the Washington D.C. rally by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies. The nation-wide demonstration was conducted to raise awareness to the on-going battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), said to cross over sacred burial grounds belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Native Americans and environmentalists have also stressed their concern over the effect the pipeline will have on their drinking water and the surrounding lands. “Mni, wiconi. Water is life.”