Lansing remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. To this day, that unfortunate event has not gone unremembered, but instead of it being a day of pain and shock, it has it has become a day of remembrance of Dr. King’s legacy. Many places over the country held commemorative celebration on April 4, 2018, including the city of Lansing at the Ring a Bell for Freedom event. Mayor of Lansing Andy Schor said, “Lansing needs to talk about, Lansing needs to remember the reason for Dr. King’s assassination. We need to remember 50 years ago from today he was killed for talking about the importance of all of us working together, equality, and a great nation.”

Lee June, professor at Michigan State University, said it is important to share this history.

Lansing becomes fourth Michigan area to offer Uber Eats delivery service

LANSING – Uber has taken its freelance-driver service a step further by helping hungry customers receive food from over 50 area restaurants. Customers can now use the same Uber account they use to hail rides to customize food delivery and track their orders. Uber Eats in Lansing is offering delivery to neighborhoods including East Lansing, Waverly, Southside, MSU and Okemos.  

The app is free to download and is user-friendly just like the ride portion of Uber’s business. Customers pick a participating restaurant, choose their meal, type in the delivery address, pay with a card on file, and receive their meal within the time provided.

‘It takes a community to raise a kid’

In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.

Sexton takes the stage with Willy Wonka Jr.

Oompa Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do, J.W Sexton High School has got a musical for you. The cast consisted of 17 ambitious students ranging from 7th to 12th grade. The lead role, Willy Wonka was played by sophomore Emoni Richardson.

Lansing residents react to city’s ‘March for Our Lives’

Thousands of people marched from the Hall of Justice to the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to show support for the Stoneman Douglas shooting victims on March 24. The event is part of a larger wave of demonstrations that brought thousands of participants in the March for Our Lives to the streets of Washington, D.C., to voice their opposition to gun violence. The main march – organized by a group of students and survivors of the shooting – took place just blocks away from the Capitol Building, but the movement’s impact permeated far past the nation’s capital. Hundreds of sibling marches were organized in cities across the country, including in Lansing. “I thought it was a really good idea not only for the people in Lansing, but worldwide,” said Lansing resident Amir Franklin.

Michael Lynn, Kappash Richards use platform to protest injustice

Michael Lynn, the former quarterback of Lansing Catholic High School, made national headlines last year for taking part in a movement that was made famous by ex-NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick – kneeling during the National Anthem. Because Lynn protested the National Anthem, he was denied a starting role by his coaching staff. Lynn said he was heavily targeted during the football season because of his position. “It definitely put a target on my back,” Lynn said. “I was getting targeted, late hits, I was getting called names and stuff during games.

Neuroscience club promotes how to keep your brain young and healthy

The Michigan State University Neuroscience Club held an event at Strange Matter Coffee Co. located in Lansing on Sunday, March 25. The purpose of the event was to highlight and bring awareness to how to keep the brain young and healthy, along with shedding light on mental health. The event was entitled, ‘Sunday Morning Science: Keeping Your Brain Young’. Katherine Hagman, MSU Science Festival Assistant Coordinator, said what she wants people to learn from the event.