Walk-on players work to earn scholarship

Walk-on players get a variety of team benefits, including rehab and medical assistance, training, meals and gear. But they don’t get the tuition and financial aid packages reserved for scholarship athletes.

Former athletes push training programs to stop sexual assault

Former athletes are taking leadership positions in efforts to stop sexual assault among college athletes. In August, following a string of high-profile sexual assault cases in universities, the NCAA mandated that every athlete, coach, athletic administrator complete a sexual assault program annually. The goal of these programs is to help teach student-athletes how to act appropriately and to encourage them to become a helping hand when they see or are even a part of a sexual assault or domestic violence situation. “Branded a Leader” and “Huddle Up” are two programs used by many colleges campuses to educate student-athletes about sexual assault and the impacts it can have on students, the university and teammates. The programs were developed by National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

Coach Yolanda Johnson talking to a student-athlete about her hurdling form.

College coaching staffs lag in diversity

More than 60 percent of male basketball players at NCAA Division I programs are black. In football, nearly half of players are black. Yet, only 26 percent of coaches in men’s Division I basketball and 14.2 percent of coaches in men’s Division I football were African American, according racial and ethnic reports compiled by the NCAA for 2009-10, the most recent years available.

MSU women's basketball team players and coaches lock arms wearing UNITY shirts during national anthem.

Viewpoint: My stand for unity

As an athlete we have the power to bring light to difficult situations or controversies that we face as a nation. Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem and took a stand for injustices that African Americans have faced by police officers throughout their lives. Taking a knee created chaos to the world of sports and beyond. He started a chain reaction of African American football players taking a knee, but also spurred an important conversation. Athletes, regardless of race, gender or sport, are now talking about social injustice and taking action to stop it.

Meridian Township gets a new biking-walking trail

A new biking and walking trail is on its way to Meridian Township. Meridian Township has received money from Ingham County for the construction of Phase 1 of the project. There is a total of three phases that will connect Michigan State University and Lake Lansing Road. Phase 1 is the installation of a trail from Hagadorn Road and Shaw Lane on MSU campus and continues on to Park Lake Road on Grand River. “The trail will run through the Red Cedar River on campus, creating a bridge on the north bank of the river and continue on to Park Lane,” said Younes Ishraidi, said chief engineer for Meridian Township.

East Lansing Costco could open by end of year

Area Costco fans soon won’t have to travel far to fill their carts with warehouse club deals. Costco is planning to open a store in East Lansing by the end of the year. This past December the city of East Lansing and Meridian came to an agreement with the development of Costco in a TIF deal for $1 million, which would be developed on the old Four Winds golf course that was closed in 2002. A TIF deal is a tax increment financing deal, which allows townships to use tax revenues from other businesses and entities in town to develop an economic development that benefits that town. The land being used to develop Costco was previously owned by Meridian Township but was annexed to the city of East Lansing in 2001.

Mitten Raised Bakery to open soon in Okemos


Katie Ann Lambert, a native of Michigan, had been traveling across the country for eight years, from Colorado to Hawaii and after working for someone else, she decided she wanted her own. So Mitten Raised Bakery that once was an idea finally became reality. “My brother actually came up with the name. After going back and forth about it, I came back to where I was from so the name stuck,” said Lambert. Lambert bought the store last year and planned to open this past December but with a few hiccups hopes to open her store in mid March.