Spartans show support in cold home football season closer

Michigan State University had its last home game for the season at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 19.

Student Olivia Stout came out for the game. “Earlier in the year I would just be looking out my window and see everyone head to the stadium, which made me want to do the same,” said Stout. “It was the last home game, so I had to come. It really brought the campus together and everyone was very lively.”

CATA giving free rides to the polls

CATA is offering free transportation to local clerk offices and ballot drop boxes up until Election Day on Nov. 8. 

According to CATA’s website, buses will not require identification or proof that they are registered voters.

East Lansing celebrates autumn at farmers market

The East Lansing Farmers Market held its annual Autumn Fest at Valley Court Park on Oct. 16.

Autumn Fest featured vendors, live music, sweet treats and a fall photo booth. There was also a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, lawn games and rock painting for children. Out of the 32 vendors who participated this year, more than 10 offered goods from pumpkins to seasonings to apple cider at Autumn Fest.

Student with big backpack walking outside heads toward front doors of dormitory.

Second-year MSU live-on rule beneficial for some but not all

Alexandra SimmonsA student walks toward Wilson Hall, one of five MSU dorms used for transitional housing in the fall. Michigan State University is extending its two-year live-on campus housing requirement due in part to a large incoming freshman class. According to the school’s Fall enrollment report, 11,054 undergraduates including incoming freshmen and transfers were welcomed this year. “The large incoming freshman class did create the need for transitional housing,” said Bethany Balks, the leader of MSU’s Residence Education and Housing Services communications and marketing unit. “It was really early May when we realized, “OK, we are actually going to have a lot of first-year students coming here,” said Balks.

Staff shortages hurt downtown East Lansing

Downtown East Lansing businesses rely heavily on Michigan State University, its sports, clubs and other organizations. Some businesses have hired more employees as students have returned to campus, although others are still having difficulties filling spots. This is driving up wages.