Okemos Chiefs Damian Hudson scores the final touchdown in the team's win over Holt, 21-7.

Senior Night lights at Okemos

Coming into the year, the Okemos Chiefs football team was looking to make a big turnaround from their previous season, which ended with a 2-7 record. With returning senior leaders like Jason Pridgeon, Drew McGaughy and Patrick Nugent backed by plenty of talent on the depth chart, it seemed very possible. After a strong start to the year going 4-0, where the contests were far from close, Coach Jack Wallace and his Chiefs went on a three-game losing streak. “It was a tough. We went on the road and played some really talented teams,” Wallace said.

The Spartan women's basketball team displays championship trophies in the team's main office. Some of the credit for those trophies may go to the team's scout team.

‘Scouts’ help MSU women prepare for their next challenge

The squeaking of sneakers against the hardwood floor of Michigan State University’s basketball practice court makes it hard to hear exactly what’s going on. Players and coaches yell over each other. Finally, the piercing sound of a whistle stops the noise and the echos die. Suzy Merchant, head coach of the Michigan State women’s basketball team, takes over and resets the play so that she can show her players where they went wrong. With one final practice before their game against Detroit Mercy and only four days to prepare for No.

Lansing aiming to be “vibrant, walkable”

Lansing is best known for being the capital of Michigan, but, it’s also the location for numerous businesses and companies. But for many it seems as though the city is not their home, opting for longer commutes to work as opposed to living in the city. A majority of the restaurants and bars in the area close before dinner time only offering regular hours for late night food and drink during the weekend. Smaller niche businesses pepper the city and keep consistent crowds and regular customers at night while the Lansing Lugnuts provide mid to late day entertainment, but neither has been enough to revitalize the city. “We need a vibrant, walkable urban area that is cool and attractive to all walks of life,” said Scott Gillespie, president of Gillespie Company.

Potter Park Zoo rhino about to get a new boyfriend

The South African black rhino has faced large-scale poaching since 1970 making them a critically endangered species. Recently only 458 rhinos were poached in 2016 dropping the rate to 7.9 percent, according to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The current population is up to just over 5,000, between captivity and conservation parks, and the black rhino is making a comeback but, it still has a long way to go before they can make it off of the endangered species list. Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo is hoping to make a difference in the rhino’s comeback, with plans to unite one of the zoo’s resident rhinos, Doppsee, with a suitor from Texas named Phineas, according to the Lansing State Journal. “We’re really excited because we love the rhino we have over here,” Pat Fountain, head keeper at Potter Park Zoo, told Spartan Newsroom.

State Legislature looks to streamline some gun licensing procedures

On March 7, the Michigan House passed a bill 108-0 to streamline the process for which it takes to obtain a concealed carry license (CPL). The Secretary of State had already been utilizing the photo file sharing process to issue licenses but this bill, once passed, would bridge the line between the law and existing statute. Both politicians and citizens alike have shown support for the law. “Having somebody run around and make extra steps and spend extra money and waste extra time, has no purpose or value,” said Michael Green, owner of Not Just Guns. “As long as the training and the requirements stay the same or improve.”

The process to get a concealed carry license will now be shorter and less expensive while still requiring citizens to go through the proper 8-hour training session. With this next step forward in gun policy the divide begins as the talk for constitutionalizing the requirements for a CPL progress, which would allow for concealed carry without a license after the age of 21.

Downtown parking rates subject to a July 1 review

Whether it be a regular weekday or a special event like this most recent St. Patrick’s Day, parking in downtown has proven to be affordable and plentiful. With the implementation of pay -y-plate parking meters in recent years, by the Lansing Parking Services Department, the city continues to make an effort to simplify parking for citizens while effectively eliminating the old-school coin meters. Aside from the high-tech improvements a significant amount of parking lots and garages that offer convenient and economical options. “At times it can be a bit difficult finding a parking spot at one of the meters, but there are also parking lots available with plenty of spaces,” said Mrs. L. Vinson, a state employee.” “I work downtown and pay a monthly fee to have designated parking in a lot with in and out privileges.”

However good the prices or availability may be, there is still one problem that persists.

Standing in Lansing with Standing Rock

On Friday, March 10 protestors in downtown Lansing marched on the state capital in support of the Washington D.C. rally by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies. The nation-wide demonstration was conducted to raise awareness to the on-going battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), said to cross over sacred burial grounds belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Native Americans and environmentalists have also stressed their concern over the effect the pipeline will have on their drinking water and the surrounding lands. “Mni, wiconi. Water is life.”