East Lansing poll workers note large turnout; surpasses primaries

“I voted”  stickers dot the shirts of people around East Lansing as in-person voting for the Michigan midterm elections occurred. Voters and precinct captains noticed a good turnout, though still lower than that of general elections.

Margie Ring, 3rd Precinct captain, said, “We’ve had 288 voters in person so far and at a better pace than we were for the primary elections.”

MSU Police build relationships across campus community

Interim Deputy Chief Chris Rozman and Capt. Dan Munford pose with Sparty at the homecoming parade. Officers attend community events when invited and are willing to speak on any topic. (Photo contributed by MSUPD)

Red and blue flashing lights can be seen most every weekend on Michigan State’s campus. It’s the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety on the job. Although students can be hesitant about police, the department would like students to know that officers are here to help.


Put your eyes — and your camera — on the prize

The Oct. 16 deadline is nearly here for the City of East Lansing’s annual community photo contest. A portfolio of five phots taken around East Lansing can win gift cards good at East Lansing businesses. Photographers, merchants and the city all win. City staffers with arts backgrounds will judge.

East Lansing park renamed for heritage of Indigenous people

Indigenous communities have long considered cottonwood trees to be sacred and the East Lansing City Park at 2801 Abbot Road has plenty of them.

Acting on a recommendation by an ad hoc committee appointed by Mayor Ron Bacon, the City Council voted to rename the park “Azaadiwag.” However, after being contacted by an elder in the Indigenous community, the committee instead recommended the name ‘Azaadiika’ (uh-ZAH-dee-kah), meaning many cottonwoods, would better suit the park.