Eastern Europe conflict reaches beyond borders

A Michigan State University professor says the war in Ukraine is a fresh chapter in a 250-year-old story that Russia is using to justify its invasion. Michigan State University Associate Professor Matthew Pauly said the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has a complicated history, going back to 1774 when Ukraine was initially part of the Russian empire. “Ukrainians have been in a long war,” Pauly said. “This is not the beginning of the war in 2022, this is merely an escalation.”

Pauly, a historian of Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Russia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Ukraine is not separate from Russia and that Ukrainians and Russians are the same people. “Ukrainians of all different ethnicities, of all different linguistic persuasions are taking to arms to defend their homeland, and the choice for them is quite simple, really,” Pauly said. 

“Do you have an independent state in which democracy, as imperfect as it is, is allowed to exist and you have the right to freedom of the press, the right to all of these key things that we assume to be integral to our democratic experience?

Library’s story machine dispenses stories, togetherness

A glowing sign greets patrons entering the Delta Township District Library, inviting them to “press, read, enjoy!” The sign is mounted on a short-story dispenser. Acquired just before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the library to shut its doors for several months, the dispenser is finally getting some action. Jack MorelandThe short story I received from the dispenser titled “The Treatment” by Jonathan Stars. Since tFebruary, the library has been taking advantage of the dispenser to host a short story contest. Interested readers can press one of two buttons on the machine to receive either a story for “young readers” or a story for “everyone.” The “everyone” button dispenses one of several contest submissions from the library’s website.

Alana Chriest

Delta Township trustees hear familiar argument over farming

Delta Township officials have gotten used to hearing the voice of Alana Chriest. Since the summer of 2020, Chriest has been offering public comments at various township meetings, speaking out against farming that is taking place in the township’s Hawk Meadow Park. 

Chriest lives and works at the Capital City Bird Sanctuary across the street from the park and pays close attention to the area. She argues that many of the actions being taken in relation to farming harm the surrounding environment. Jack MorelandAlana Christ speaks at a Delta Township Board meeting on Mar. 21

“This industrial farming has got to stop, this is not conservation,” Chriest said.

Supporters of Ukraine color Detroit blue and yellow

Detroit’s Hart Plaza was filled with Ukrainian  blue and yellow Sunday as more than 1,000 people took to the streets to protest Russia’s invasion. Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland

Since the invasion began Feb. 24, there have been widespread calls for peace and an outcry against the Russian aggressors. In Detroit, people raised their voices, filled the sidewalks and marched from Hart Plaza through Campus Martius and back. 

The crowd often broke into song and exchanged cheers of “slava Ukraini” (glory to Ukraine) and its common response, “heroiam slava” (glory to the heroes). People in the crowd carried flags, balloons and signs.

Man shovels around Sparty statue on MSU campus.

13.3 inches of snow brings out heroes with shovels, trucks

On Wednesday, after 13.3 inches of snow covered East Lansing, Garrett Daggett was busy plowing and salting the driveways of friends and neighbors around his home in Bath Township. While working, Daggett came across several people who had gotten stuck in snowbanks and ditches while braving snow-covered roads. He knew the conditions were going to be bad and had prepared to help people with his full-size Chevy Silverado.

On Michigan State University’s campus, many others were also clearing snow on the roads and walkways. Jackson Heon began his shift at 8 a.m. Three hours later, he was still hard at work, beginning to shovel the pavement and paths around the famous Spartan statue.