Teacher salaries down statewide, with one exception

By MAXWELL EVANS Capital News Service LANSING — Teacher salaries in Michigan dropped an average of $333 from 2011-12 to 2016-17,  except in the smallest school districts, according to data from the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE). Districts with enrollments … Continue reading →

Driver education may add bicycle safety lesson

By AGNES BAO Capital News Service LANSING – While bicycling soars in popularity, bicycle crashes are also increasing in Michigan. Bicycle crashes increased 12 percent, up from 1,763 in 2014 to 1,988 in 2016, the most recent figures show. Thirty-eight … Continue reading →

Did MSU’s Nassar scandal tarnish East Lansing’s reputation?

As Michigan State University continues to confront the effects of the Larry Nassar scandal, the surrounding community weighs in on whether the fallout could damage East Lansing’s reputation. Michigan State University is experiencing faculty resignations, disciplinary action, and ongoing investigation in the wake of its association with a sexual abuse scandal involving over 250 victim reports nationally. For East Lansing, the home city of MSU, collateral damage is still being assessed. “Obviously, people are thinking about the issue,” said Kathy Schaefer, a partner with Communications and Research, Inc., a public relations firm in East Lansing. “It’s in their minds.

East Lansing officials eyeing MSU’s response to Nassar scandal

When a crisis of tremendous magnitude occurs, it is sure to impact people on many different levels. This has been the case with the Larry Nassar crisis, as this issue has affected far more than just those affiliated with Michigan State University. Although people will most notably associate Nassar with Michigan State University, the rest of the city of East Lansing could suffer setbacks from this tragedy as well. Shanna Draheim is an alumnus of MSU, and current East Lansing City Council member and resident, as such she has a unique perspective on the crisis. “As a city official, I’m happy to see that steps are now being taken to address some of the structural failures on the part of MSU,” Draheim said.

Despite Nassar scandal, a positive outlook for East Lansing’s MSU-dependent economy

Although the Larry Nassar situation might be detrimental for the reputation of Michigan State University, it does seem that the city surrounding the university will be able to survive from the repercussions. It does not seem that the incident will have a strong effect on the local economy. “Honestly I can’t see a connection on that one. I’m not sure why there would be a connection there,” said Tim Dempsey the director of East Lansing’s Planning, Building & Development Department. “ I can’t imagine how.