Michigan State is known for its “Go Green, Go White” chant, but the university is actually going green and it’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed.
The university offers many opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of things that contribute to sustainability, or the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Michigan State sophomore Abigail Kuplicki started her journey at the Student Organic Farm a little over a year ago. The farm gives other students a chance to get involved, the same way that Kuplicki joined it. “The student organic farm offers an organic farmer training program that trains students to be farmers here,” she said. However, before the university can teach sustainability to meet the needs of this generation without compromising future generations, the director of sustainability’s team is on a mission to share the university’s success in a way that we can all understand.
“We’ve done a lot but we don’t talk about it in a comprehensive way so that people can understand and can embrace it with us,” said Amy Butler.
Michigan’s candidates for governor had their final debate in Detroit days before the election. The standoff was nothing short of tense. The two fired back against each other regarding some of the hot topics affecting the state. “When I’m governor of Michigan, there will be no sanctuary cities and Gretchen Whitmer, she has her way, Michigan will be a sanctuary state,” Republican, Bill Schuette, said. “Don’t listen to that nonsense,” said Democrat, Gretchen Whitmer.
Michigan State’s University Activities Board hosted the annual screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show last Friday, October 26th. Students anticipated the exciting show as they waited in line for hours dressed as their favorite character from the retro film. The screening featured a shadow cast, prop bags for the audience and free popcorn. It also featured a giveaway, and the student who won the costume contest received two tickets to a Wharton Center play. UAB co-director, Legan Rose, was one of the mastermind’s behind organizing the thrilling event.
Michigan State is working hard to curb the mental health issues that seem to be surging on college campuses across the country. “That’s not necessarily unique to MSU’s campus,” said CAPS therapist, Mike Alnarshi. “It seems to be a nationwide trend.” CAPS, as it’s known to students, stands for Counseling and Psychiatric Services. The first location is based out of the Olin Health Center, but expanded to the third floor of the MSU Union October 1st.
Chantel Booker has always seen herself as creative. It was no surprise that her creativity would land her somewhere big… the Big Apple! “I’ve always been different,” said the 4th year Apparel & Textile Design student. “I even had an art-based curriculum in high school.”
Postal clerk, Phil Luce, has been in the postal industry for over 30 years, but his career his officially coming to an end. “I retired, sat at home for a few years, then was offered this position,” said Luce. The Michigan State Union post office has been servicing the East Lansing community for over 40 years. However, that will all come to an end on December 14th, 2018. The post office is shutting down due to lack of usage and unbalanced operational costs and is just one of the many offices going out of business across the country.
1855 Place resident, Kelsey Martin. is just one of the students who didn’t buy a parking permit for her designated lot before school started. Now, she’s paying the price… in tickets. Martin was given one option after the 1855 parking lot sold out of permits…
Northpointe Community Church has been up and running in DeWitt since 1840—177 years this May. “We have been blessed over the years, and I can’t thank God enough,” said lead pastor Rick Ruble. “Most churches have significant and steady growth the first 15 to 20 years, and then a plateau that lasts for a few decades occurs before decline sets in and the church eventually dies.”
The lifespan of a church is similar to that of a human, but this historical church has outlasted all of those in it’s community and in nearby areas. Last May, the church wanted to create a community service project that would help give back to the members of the DeWitt Township community. Their mission at Northpointe is to impact their neighborhoods, their workplaces, and their communities with the grace that Jesus showed.