Three high school basketball players in uniform.

From backyard to the big court: East Lansing High’s Aaliyah Nye makes a name for herself on and off the basketball court

Alabama resident LaQueena Douglas would wake up at 5 a.m. and check on her three daughters. She’d expect to find them sleeping, which would be true for two of them, but not for Aaliyah Nye. Nye, now a senior at East Lansing High School, has taken basketball much further than the mini court she once had. During her four years at East Lansing, she has made a name for herself as the team’s top defender and finished as the runner-up for Michigan Miss Basketball 2020.

MSU Rec Sports offers Zumba and other fitness classes on Zoom, Facebook

JMD Fitness shared a screenshot of the virtual Zoom class on Facebook on March 23. When Jessica Douglas became a certified Zumba instructor on her 18th birthday, she didn’t expect teaching classes over Zoom would be in her future. However, amid the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing guidelines, online instruction has become Douglas’ new normal. Michigan State University Recreational Sports has been hosting virtual fitness classes through Zoom since March 29. Anyone with the link, whether they attend MSU or not, can log on to a variety of classes that include yoga, Zumba, weightlifting, H.I.I.T. and ride.

East Lansing scholars present on conferences, cite student involvement

Global majority, that’s the term East Lansing High School’s Minority Student Achievement Group hopes to push in the classroom following conferences in Boston and Madison, Wisconsin. As explained by the scholars, global majority emphasizes that minority students may be part of minority groups in the United States, but they’re in the majority globally. 

At the East Lansing School Board meeting on Feb. 24,the groups recounted their experiences at the conferences and shared their action plans to prioritize global majority student involvement at East Lansing High School. 

“Instead of degrading each other, we should learn to celebrate each other and get to know each other and just have a better understanding of everybody on campus,” said Kalaia Hampton, who attended the Boston conference. Both conferences featured guest speakers, college visits, city tours and opportunities to connect and network with scholars from across the country. Anaiis Rios-Kasoga, who attended the conference in Wisconsin, said her  biggest takeaway was discovering the impact it had on her.

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Provision Living retirement community to be built on Abbot Road

As student housing high-rises stack up on Grand River Avenue, something different is coming to Abbot Road. Provision Living, a three-phrase senior living community, has been approved by the East Lansing City Council and will begin construction this spring. Provision Living Principal David Baylis attended the council’s Jan. 21 meeting to present his company’s vision. “Our core business is taking care of seniors and being part of communities,” Baylis said.

A gate blocks off entrance to the Northern Tail Dog Park located at 6400 Abbot Road. Resident Abbie Tykocki suggested dog parks be open year-round.

East Lansing bans electric dog collars

The East Lansing City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of electric dog leashes in the city on its  Jan. 22 meeting. The ordinance, which will require that owners hold their dogs on a physical leash no more than 8 feet long, will go into effect Feb. 21. Mayor Ruth Beier brought the motion forward because of the confusion she recognized around city leash laws.