VIDEO: MSU Tower Guard hosts 23rd annual Shamrock 5K Run-Walk-Roll

Sabrina Seldon

Despite the rainy, cold weather, hundreds gathered outside the Michigan State University auditorium bright and early on Saturday, March 25. 

East Lansing residents, students, family and MSU faculty came out to support Tower Guard and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) on MSU’s campus. 

Tower Guard is an organization for sophomore students, dedicated to serving the RCPD through collaboration scribing for exams, creating accessible textbooks, holding tutoring and working towards promoting accessibility, inclusivity and service. 

Eric Swanson heard about the race through his daughter Alexa Swanson, who is a member of Tower Guard. “When she got into Tower Guard was when I first heard about the 5K, I wasn’t much of a runner, so I set a goal then that I was going to train to run it,” Swanson said. “I love the course. I mean, anytime you get to go along the Red Cedar and see the campus, it’s incredible. But what I like the most is that it’s a fundraiser for the RCPD.”

Swanson felt appreciative of the 5K’s purpose as he connected to it on a personal level.

East Lansing Public Library offers counseling in response to MSU violence

Since February, counselors from the Community Mental Health Authority (CMH) of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties have been offering crisis support at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL). Community members who need support following the Feb. 13 violence at Michigan State University can stop by the library Monday–Friday from 12:30–5 p.m. for free counseling, with no appointment required.

MSU’s VIM Magazine members seek security following attack

VIM Magazine, a student-run fashion, beauty and lifestyle publication at Michigan State University, had a routine biweekly meeting the night of Feb. 13 in Bessey Hall. 

Minutes into the 8 p.m. meeting, students received an alert that changed their campus forever. 

At the meeting, members were to hear from VIM alumni about how their experience in the organization has helped them in their careers. 

They were supposed to leave the meeting with advice and excitement for their future. Instead, they fled with the words run, hide and fight engraved in their minds.

Largest mid-Michigan home and garden show comes to Lansing area for 27th year

Sabrina SeldonBeautiful feature gardens cover the Lansing Home and Garden show booths. Homeowners packed the Michigan State University Pavilion in search of builders, home improvement experts, landscapers, and new ideas on how to update their homes’ interiors and exteriors. 

The March 16-19 show attracted thousands of homeowners and more than 250 exhibitors. 

Local businesses tried to help homeowners find solutions and gain a year’s worth of customers. Carolyn Alt, senior show manager and publicist, has worked on planning the show for years. 

“A lot of these businesses don’t have showrooms, so this is the opportunity for them to have their once-a-year showroom,” Alt said. “They can talk about what is new with their business, as usually people that come to the show are new to the area. It’s a great way for them to connect with businesses that they are going to need.” 

Jen Lewis attended the show for the second time after moving back to Michigan.

Brave Space offers a solution for East Lansing public schools

Sabrina SeldonBelynda Cage speaks with an ELHS student at the city’s “School/Public Safety Listening Session” held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in the Hannah Community Center. After a fight involving students led to a dropped gun outside of an East Lansing High School basketball game on Jan. 19, community leaders, students and parents called for solutions. 

Brave Space founder Alexis Rosado and her mentor Belynda Cage presented one such solution based on mental health at a recent ELHS School/Public Safety Listening Session on Jan. 27 in the Hannah Community Center.