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.

Lucas Capalbo watches as his players perform dribbling drills. Photo by Zachary Manning

Do participation trophies hurt our motivation? Some say yes

To give or not to give? That question has become a hot topic over the past couple of years in sports regarding participation trophies. In a Reason-Rupe poll from 2014, results showed that 57 percent of Americans felt only winners should receive trophies, while 40 percent of Americans believed everyone should receive trophies regardless of winning or losing. Sports psychologist Dan Gould believes the 40 percent of Americans that believe everyone should get trophies is higher than previous generations, and says people have begun labeling this generation “the trophy generation.”

“Over the year’s trophies weren’t given to everyone, and now kids get a trophy for everything,” Gould said.  

Gould notes that it depends on what age level you are in, but once kids hit a certain age, they should only be getting trophies if they win because it could hurt the child’s motivation.

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.

The historic 1903 house seeing little visitors during the week.

New home, new chapter as Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame set to move from Lansing to Okemos

Thirty years have passed since the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame moved into the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in the museum’s history. The museum will be packing its bags and moving into its new home at the Meridian Mall in Okemos. “We are really seeing the positive sides of this move,” said Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director. “We have been here for so long, it really show’s our longevity, and we see this as turning a new page and starting a new chapter in our history.”

The golf course is now used for low impact recreational purposes for the township.
Photo by Madison Job

No signs of re-development for Lansing Township’s Waverly Golf Course

Currently, there are no plans underway showing signs of re-development for the now-empty lot that was once the Waverly Golf Course. Due to a zoning moratorium expiring in Lansing Township, the 120-acre property owned by the City of Lansing closed in 2007. The lot is now a “single-family residential area,” according to Sam Schultz, who is the township planner in Lansing Township. “Currently, it is used as recreation space and it would have to be re-zoned if anything was to be done,” Schultz said. “If zoning was re-done, it could be used for only the options under the township ordinances which involve low resident intensity like churches or public parks and playgrounds.”

Holly Madill who is the outreach specialist for the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute and Planning & Zoning Center provided information on zoning moratoriums from the Michigan State University Extension.

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Cedar Lake Trail Head access point in the works

The Delhi Township Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant that could provide up to $300,000 toward an access point to Cedar Lake for recreation activities. The Cedar Lake Trail Head as it is called will allow for parking and access to trails as well as a launch for canoes and kayaks. A public input meeting was held on Feb. 21 where the project was discussed before the Delhi Township Board of Trustees and recommended for a public hearing on March 7. The application will be sent to the Michigan DNR.