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Soaring gas prices prime East Lansing for commuting alternatives

In recent weeks, Americans have felt the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and other dynamics at the fuel pump. According to AAA gas price data, Lansing residents can expect to pay an average of $3.81 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel, down from last month’s average of $4.14 but far above last year’s average of $2.82. 


A lack of commute options forces many into costly alternatives. When gas prices go up, it ultimately reduces how much workers are taking home. Trent Delongchamp, a Chandler Crossings resident and Michigan State University sophomore, says he now pays $85 per tank of gas to fill his 2011 Ford Expedition. 

“I drive from my apartment to campus three days a week there and back, and also work Mondays and Fridays,” said Delongchamp, “I feel like I don’t make as much profit from my work anymore because I have to budget more for the insane gas prices in Lansing.”  

Scott Stewart, an East Lansing DoorDash driver has been forced to adjust to higher gas prices. 

“I have to be a lot more picky with the orders I take, making sure that the pay per mile is high [enough] so I can actually make money on it,” Stewart said. “So I end up taking fewer orders, making less money per day.

Southern comfort is coming to East Lansing

In the life of a college student who struggles through studying for important exams, turning in assignments on time, pleasing professors to getting by on the broke college student budget – there are little things better in life than deep fried fast food. For southern students and chicken connoisseurs alike the new restaurant that’s about to arrive on Grand River and M.A.C. Avenue is about to shake up the city and give out-of-state residents a taste of home. Raising Cane’s, a Louisiana based restaurant company, announced in mid-February that its first Michigan location would be in East Lansing. The chain has more than 500 locations across America, however it has not stepped farther into the Midwest and nort-east parts of the country. So why Grand River over anywhere else in Michigan?

College student outdoors with Ukrainian flag

“Slava Ukraini!” rally at MSU statue aids Ukrainians, seeks donations

“Slava Ukraini! Heroyam slava.” A chant for the Ukrainian people that stems back to the Ukraine war of Independence over a century ago has become synonymous with Ukraine’s pride. It means “Glory to Ukraine – Glory to the heroes.”

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continued to stagger the world, East Lansing residents supported Ukrainians Monday.

Russian President “Vladimir Putin ignited a war against democracy. It was war against people who decide to settle their differences in a room as opposed to in a tank – with representatives as opposed to with bombs,” said law student Andrew Haftkowycz.

Sparrow introduces clinical trial during Cancer Prevention Month

During National Cancer Prevention Month, Sparrow Hospital revealed that its Herbert-Herman Cancer Center has been selected for a clinical trial for breast cancer research.

The center has specialists using the most advanced cancer technology available in Michigan. Herbert-Herman is the only medical center in Michigan that can stand on the same level of national healthcare heavyweights like Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic and has been recognized to partake in the I-SPY 2 clinical trial for treatment of breast cancer.

People hold protest signs indoors.

Sunrise urges MSU to divest from fossil fuel companies

Courtesy of the Sunrise movement at Michigan State, 2021

Penny wise and pound foolish. That is how Sunrise Movement and MSU Divestment sees the use of fossil fuels impacting the climate. The Sunrise Movement is a predominantly youth organized movement intent on halting climate change and creating millions of jobs. The group would do it by ending the use of nonrenewable resources. Founded in April of 2017, the Sunrise Movement has more than 400 hubs across the country.

How one apartment complex prepared for the winter storm

Snowplows contracted by The Lodges of East Lansing came early in the morning Wednesday to scrape the parking lot, but by noon their work was all but covered up by more than 8 more inches. At The Lodges of East Lansing, an apartment complex on Hannah Boulevard, the staff is doing the utmost through planned precautions for the complex. On Jan. 31 the National Weather Service predicted a winter storm would pass over Michigan late Tuesday through Thursday night. The snow is charted to cover all of the East Lansing areas including Michigan State University’s campus ,resulting in many classes being moved online.