Greek community tries to take the scare out of Halloween

By Jess Todd
Entirely East Lansing

Halloween brings trick-or-treating, costumes and fun to East Lansing every year. But, the issue of safety is always at stake on this festive night with so many children roaming the streets. The Michigan State University Greek community has taken matters into its own hands by hosting its annual event “Safe Halloween.” The event gives a new meaning to trick-or-treating and is a way for the fraternities and sororities of MSU to give back to the community in which they live. “With Safe Halloween, we give residents a Halloween-themed block party while also donating to local charities,” said Kit Kuhne, director of Safe Halloween. “We can have these amazing impacts on the world around us by banding together and working towards a common goal,” Kuhne said.

Chinese students run business in Meridian Township and Lansing area

By Bingqing Mao
The Meridian Times

Charles Liu:
Michigan State University
International Student Center Advisor

The increasing numbers of Michigan State University students coming from other countries, especially China, are not only stimulating the local economy, they are starting businesses here. Meridian TownshipTreasurer Julie Brixie said, “MSU students starting their businesses in Meridian Township is terrific! We love having the influence of students with their youth, vitality and energy on the business scene in the township. “Attracting young people to our community helps us remain sustainable. In today’s global economy, youth matters tremendously.

Mason Public Schools announce artistic endeavors

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Mason High School fosters artistic development between students on abstract platforms, Mason City Council member Marlon Brown said. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the first production at Mason High School since “All in the Timing” in November. Scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed in the Mason High School Auditorium. “Individuality and talent at Mason High School is encouraged through events and students participation,” Mason Middle School choir teachers said. Mason High School announces the Indoles 12 Talent Show to be held in late March.

Essay contest gives back to Mason Public Schools

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Winners of the Mason College Club’s eighth grade essay contest will be announced at the March 9 sesquicentennial celebration. City Councilman Marlon Brown said he would present winners with a certificate bearing the city’s sesquicentennial seal. The essay contest, held for Mason Middle School eighth graders, was hosted by Mason College Club and Scott Shattuck, eighth grade history teacher. Students were asked to write a two-page prompt regarding the history of Mason streets named after families. The club choose three winners and one honorable mention from more than 8 submissions.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” filming in East Lansing

By Jessica Steeley
Entirely East Lansing

For a few days during the week of Oct. 13, 2014, super heroes distracted Spartans on Michigan State University’s campus. A scene from one of the new DC superhero movies, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, id bring shot at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. “I think it’s awesome, because we haven’t really experienced anything like this in East Lansing,” said Jeff Jodway who, like many other MSU students, was a curious onlooker at the film site. “We get to interact with it rather than just see it on the big screen,” he said, while viewing the set in front of the student services building.

Building Twenty-One Reopens Skatepark, supplying opportunities for teens

By Ben Stram
The Mason Times

Almost a year ago an old run-down skate church and bike church were taken over by Building Twenty-One and the transformation impacted many. With help from professional BMX rider Cory Wiergowski, renovations advanced and word spread. That transformation was completed when the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cut the ribbon Wednesday, Oct. 14, officially reopening the indoor skate park for students ages 8 and up. One of the more popular activities the park offer is the free drop-in for seventh to twelfth grade students after school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2:30 and 6 p.m.
The ramps are open for skateboarders in seventh grade and above 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

International students increase business in East Lansing

By Ipshita Moitra
Entirely East Lansing Staff writer

The number of international students at Michigan State University has boomed in the past 10 years and so have options for shoppers and diners. In 2004, MSU had 3,315 international students. That number has grown by 116 percent to 7,161 students this year. They come from Saudi Arabia, India and Europe. Most are from China, reflecting a change in the makeup of the international student body, as well as a change in its size.