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Biden wins Michigan primary; state’s new voting laws get test

Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win today’s Michigan Democratic primary as the state tried out its new voting rules. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign got a lift in the 2016 Michigan primary, found 2020 to be deflating.

East Lansing, including MSU students who were registered on campus, also faced questions about renewing property taxes that support the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Ingham County parks and trails, Potter Park Zoo, special education services and county health care services.

No quick fix: how funding gaps affect quality and re-construction of Michigan roads

Roads in Michigan are notorious for their bad quality and have been the subject of jokes among Michiganders. Those jokes will not be going away any time soon. A $1.5 billion funding gap was pegged until 2031, according to multiple studies conducted by the Senate Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency that provides analysis to the Michigan Senate. The discrepancy highlights how much is needed to properly fix the roads, and that the funding gap is just for State Highways. A recent study conducted by the County Road Association of Michigan estimates that the county road system will also require an additional $2 billion per year to get 90 percent of the system’s roads and bridges to “good/fair” ratings by 2029.

Meridian Township dog owners celebrate first annual “howl”oween

Local residents that share a passion for their pooches came together at Nancy Moore Park with their dogs in costumes to celebrate the First Annual Dog “Howl”oween Party on Tuesday, Oct.29. The event was held at the small dog park located within the park, which was built this summer.  Owners and dogs were treated to a costume contest, giveaways and a remixed of musical chairs where the last dog that sat on command was ruled out. Treats were also given out to both dogs and humans. 

Kelsey Dillon, Park Naturalist and one of the organizers of the event, said that since it was their first year doing the event, it was a big learning experience.  “It was a lot of effort upfront,” Dillon said.

Museum events highlight art under oppressive regimes

On Monday, Oct. 14, a panel of experts spoke about the political climate in Chile at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in an panel called “Reclaiming the Streets: Arts of Solidarity in Moments of Crisis.”  On Oct. 15, the Michigan State University Museum hosted the event “Envisioning Hope: The Story of The Chilean Arpilleras”. The panel on Monday included Chilean poet and author Marjorie Agosin, professor Edward Murphy and MSU Museum director Mark Auslander. The panelists discussed the street as a political space to resist oppressive political conditions through artistic expression.  

Murphy, who studies Latin America and the Caribbean, said that dictatorships in South America were reactionary and counter-revolutionary to social movements aiming to reclaim the streets. 

“When these dictatorships come into power, they implement states of siege, they use the horrific forms of sovereign state power in order to prosecute what they are casting as an internal war,” Murphy said.

MSU event addresses police brutality in US and Brazil

Professor Christen Smith came to Michigan State University on Oct.3 to present a lecture on anti-Black state violence and the global issue surrounding this topic in Brazil and the Americas. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Year of Global Africa and James Madison College. Christen Smith is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, an author and an advocate for anti-Black state violence. The talk was called The Sequelae of Black Life: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Gender, Space and Time. Smith’s lecture was told in three series of vignettes, a method of lecturing called dialectical montage.

MSU senior gets a shot on the mound

Hard work and determination can make one’s wildest dreams come true. Just ask Danny Gieselman, a senior pitcher at MSU. Gieselman was on the club baseball team for three seasons. Injuries and the lack of an available roster spot on the Division-1 team were factors for why he had to wait so long. “Found out I had a torn labrum in my shoulder, which made it really hard for me to actually throw and get velocity on my fastball,” Gieselman said.

Joe Louis Arena Set to be demolished

The Joe Louis Arena was the home to the Detroit Red Wings in some of its most pivotal and historical seasons as a franchise, from 1979 to 2017. Four Stanley Cup Championships and 25 consecutive playoff runs were some of the accolades that were achieved inside this iconic building. It was the second oldest National Hockey League venue after Madison Square Garden, and closed its doors just two years ago. Now, it sits as a fossil of Detroit sports, with fans walking up the stairs to take pictures of the old superstructure. The paint from the walls and the staircase were also visibly cracking, further showing the weakened state of Hockeytown’s hub.

Update to ‘Move Over Law’ in Michigan

A $400 fine? That is what Michigan is preparing to give out to drivers who display reckless driving behavior on the road, or, according to Captain Doug Monette of the MSU Police Department, is the opposite of, “Showing due care and caution on the road.” This update is to further ensure the safety of emergency personnel doing their jobs on the highways and streets of Michigan. It comes because after a dozen Michigan State police cars have been in accidents this year alone. Now, drivers must slow down ten miles per hour below the posted speed limit as well as merging over a lane when approaching emergency vehicles.

The war on opium in Lansing

The opioid epidemic in America is a major problem that has only gotten worse over the past several decades, affecting countless people and families. In October, President Trump officially declared opiate addiction a public health emergency. Former opiate addict Matthew Kronner said that the worst part for him was the stigma of being an addict. “When your friends and family find out it’s one of two ways,” Kronner said. “He’s a junkie, burnout and loser or let’s get him help.”

Kronner also said he believes that the stigma gave him a different perspective on drug addicts, seeing them people who lost their way rather than just losers with poor self-control.