Post-game disturbance, shot fired, missing student have campus on alert

Michigan State University has seen a rough two weeks, with several disturbing events happening in rapid succession after the football game against Michigan on Oct. 30. he events included a riot in which two cars were flipped and several couch burnings;  two shootings (one of which in downtown East Lansing) and an armed man near campus. To top it off, Brandon Santo, a Grand Valley State student who was visiting MSU, went missing on Oct. 29.

Halloween, Valentine’s school events canceled; East Lansing parents protest

EAST LANSING – The cancellation of Halloween and Valentine’s Day celebrations over equity issues ignited objections from parents at the Oct. 25 East Lansing school board meeting. Several parents opposed the policy. Lorely Polanco, who has a child in elementary school, read an email she had sent to Superintendent Dori Leyko. Polanco spoke of her own understanding of diversity as an immigrant.

New teachers enter a changed world

EAST LANSING – One month into the school year, Michigan State University’s student teachers are settling into a once forgotten physical classroom setting. Student teachers such as those coming from the College of Education are vital to schooling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. All over the country, schools are hurting for educators. Dr. Gail Richmond is dealing with these departures firsthand as director of Michigan State’s Teacher Preparation Program. Richmond sees departing teachers as motivated by a multitude of pandemic-related factors.

East Lansing clerk sets up campus desk to register MSU voters

Marie Wicks and assistant work the satellite office in Brody Hall’s lobby. EAST LANSING – Instead of waiting for students to come to elections, the East Lansing city clerk is bringing elections to the students. On Monday, Clerk Jennifer Shuster opened a satellite office on the ground floor of Brody Hall, home to the popular Brody Square cafeteria. The goal is for students to register in time for the city council election on Nov. 2.