Portrait of George Lahanas

East Lansing approves raise for city manager, building heights

The East Lansing City Council approved a raise for City Manager Lahanas on Feb. 12, following seven years of pay restricted by city finances. His new annual salary will be $167,000. When Lahanas was hired as manager, his salary was in a range that would move up as long as he had good evaluations. Councilmember Ruth Beier said, “Unfortunately for Mr. Lahanas, we had severe revenue problems immediately, and he was never allowed to move within the range.

Students, citizens brave single digits to march for women

“Hey hey, ho ho, gender bias has got to go!” chanted a crowd of more than 100 protestors at the January 20 Lansing Women’s March. The protestors met at the MSU Union on January 20 and braved single-digit temperatures. Flanked by Michigan State University Police, the protestors marched from the Union to the Hannah Administration Building. Demonstrators were marching in support of many causes, among them women’s reproductive rights, workplace equality and equal pay, advocacy for victims of sexual assault and LGBTQ+ rights. They were also marching to protest President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and the proposed border wall.

Detroit Vegan Soul is an all plant-based restaurant located in Detroit.

Michigan turning over new leaf for veganism

Veganism has been gaining popularity across the nation as well as the globe, and Michigan folk have been adapting to it. According to The Vegan Society, veganism is defined as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”  

For some people, the transition to a plant-based diet is easy, such as the experience for cardiologist Joel Kahn, who has been eating a plant-based diet for over 40 years. “It was a coincidence of walking into the University of Michigan dormitory cafeteria and revolting at all the grey food, and I started only eating from the salad bar,” said Kahn. For others, the transition to an all plant-based diet took more time, as it did for Tom Progar, president of VegMichigan. “I was pizza and burgers and everything growing up and then I kind of made this change and had to re-learn how to eat,” said Progar.

A role of stickers for voters sit on a table at a voting precinct in Delhi Township.

Michigan youth vote dipped in 2016, but might have surged in 2018

The 2016 presidential election was a polarizing time for the country, and Michigan was no exception. Donald Trump won Michigan by 0.3 percent, taking the presidency with him by a margin of fewer than 10,000 votes, according to the New York Times. In contrast, Barack Obama won Michigan by 9.5 percent in 2012, netting roughly 450,000 more votes than his runner-up. MLive attributes this swing, at least partially, to voter turnout: More people voted in terms of raw numbers, but fewer voters turned out in traditionally Democratic counties. While partisan shifts are apparent in results, changing participation among Michigan’s voter demographics could provide more insight into the state’s level of civic participation and how it ranks alongside the Midwest and the rest of the country.