Michigan State racing team is ‘full-time go’

East Lansing has a hidden need for speed. One of the few signs on campus of Michigan State’s Formula Racing team is the small trailer tucked behind Snyder-Phillips Hall. But once you take a closer look, there’s so much more to uncover. The team’s shop is located on Jolly Road in Okemos, about a 15-minute drive southwest from the heart of MSU’s campus. Every night, the shop is busy, as about 20 people work machining, measuring, cutting, drilling, simulating and more.

Shabbazz Academy is a hidden gem in Lansing

Off of Martin Luther King highway in Lansing is Shabazz Public School Academy (SPSA). A charter dedicated to giving students the basic learning skills in reading, writing and math along with so much more. Shabazz Public School Academy is named after Ell Hajj Malik El Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X. The school’s focus is providing an Afrocentric learning experience to its students and empowering them while they’re getting ready to move on to the next level. Many of the students are proud to be receiving such a great opportunity from SPSA. “You can get a great education and learn more than you usually do at different kinds of schools,” said Christopher Isaac, an SPSA student.

LuAnn Meisner wins Commitment to Excellence Award

On a night where many residents from the area had come to express their concerns with the Township board, the board meeting was filled to capacity, but the meeting started on a positive note. In a room filled with Meridian Township residents LuAnn Maisner stood out in her yellow blazer as she accepted Meridian Township’s Commitment to Excellence Award. Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks) president, Brett Kaschinske began Meridian Township’s board meeting on Tuesday, March 17 by presenting the Commitment to Excellence Award to Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner. Kaschinske said her high levels of success were deserving of the award. “You have the trails, and parks mileage that you have you have expanded, and done so much for the community,” Kaschinske said.

Meridian Township is waiving building permit fees

The Red Cedar flooded over 300 homes, said the City of Lansing, and the damage caused by the flood demands reconstruction. On Feb. 22 the Red Cedar River flooded as rain poured down for multiple days, and large amounts of snow melted into the river. The precipitation and snowmelt caused over 10 inches of flooding in neighboring areas of the river. To help residents, the Meridian Township board has elected to waive the building permit fees for homes largely affected by flood damage.

Lansing’s rejuvenating art scene

Lansing has always appreciated art from local artists, whether that is music, film, or painting and sculpting. There are plenty forms of art that cover the area. Lansing is full of passion and creativity. With on-going art renovations in East Lansing, REO Town, Old Town, and on Michigan State University campus, Lansing may be viewed artistic, once again. Downtown East Lansing
Downtown East Lansing has a few art pieces throughout the downtown area.

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.