Travel through time with a visit to the Michigan History Museum

In the heart of downtown Lansing, only two blocks from the state Capitol building, stands the Michigan History Museum. 

The museum, at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., offers an array of exhibits for residents of Michigan. The exhibits, including ones from pre European settlements to the state’s impact on World War II, transport visitors into various eras in Michigan’s history. Tobi Voigt is the director of museums for the Michigan History Center. She manages cultural resources for the state, which encompasses all museums and the state archives. She oversees the staff for 12 historic sites across the state, including the Michigan History Museum in downtown Lansing. 

Additionally, she supervises the teams that put together the exhibits and also looks over all of the artifacts for display. 

“I found museums and a love for history in my mid twenties… I wanted to know about what came in the place I was living before me.

MSU community tries to return to normal after on campus gun violence

On the Banks of the Red Cedar there is a school that is known to all, and for its students, the night of February 13, 2023 is one they will hold in their hearts and memories forever. 

Although that day has passed, the experiences and fear of that night is something that Spartans carry with them every day from their classes to dinners at the dining halls. 

For every student and faculty member the grieving process is different. When returning to classes only one week after the violence,  some professors still were not sure how to handle it. 

“It was hard, I was trying to balance between acknowledging everything that happened, but providing some sense of normalcy that I knew some students were craving… It was an incredibly difficult situation to navigate knowing how different students’ needs were, and knowing even then that I could not meet everyone’s needs,” Brandy Ellison, social sciences professor, said. Knowing how grieving and moving on is different for everyone, she decided to offer an option for students to return to her classes online. 

“I knew a lot of students wanted to be online. They were not comfortable coming back to campus because we were so close to spring break. After going home for a minute and asking them to come back for only two weeks, I was able to offer both options in that situation and it was nice, ” Ellison said.

Lansing residents voice concerns about special land use request

At a recent Lansing city council meeting, a presentation was given by Devon Self Storage representative, Mike Olson gave a presentation to request permission for a special land use permit. Devon Self Storage hoped to build its facility in south Lansing and replace the abandoned Sam’s Club at 340 E. Edgewood Blvd. “We believe that we would be a great tenant to both the strip mall and the community,” Olson said. Olson said the community is underserved by not having enough self storage based on the population. “We took two hours to go knock on doors across the street and ask if they would want self storage at this location,” Olson said.