The Izzo Legacy Family Fund gives back to the community they call home 

Tom Izzo and his family have been a part of the Lansing community for over three decades and continue to have a large impact on the city. One of the main events that the fund hosts is the annual Izzo Legacy 5K race, which occurred this year on April 20. East Lansing resident Joseph Darda came in first with a time of 15:56.5. According to Izzo Legacy executive director Raquel Izzo McDonald, initial counts show that the event raised over $40,000. 

Newman Lofts cultivates older community in East Lansing

Newman Lofts pamphlet and March calendar of events for residents in the lobby. Picture taken on March 25, 2024. While the streets of Albert Avenue fill with college students at 9 p.m. on a Friday night, Ed Mazlish gets ready for bed right across the street. He lives in Newman Lofts, East Lansing’s premiere 55 plus apartment complex, located in the heart of Michigan State University’s college town. “You know, sometimes there’s noise and I have to tune it out,” Mazlish said.

Local produce stores aim to bring affordability to food deserts

The way food travels from farm to table is complex. The food that shoppers normally see in massive grocery stores is grown on large farms, harvested in large quantities, stored until it can be transported to market and finally sold in grocery stores. When the food supply chain is local, the process can become even more nuanced. Two stores in Lansing that promote local food production are The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op and Campbell’s Market Basket. 

The west side tower of Spartan Spartan in which will likely match the planned east tower.

Big Ten deal brings cash influx to MSU

As an increase to this financial windfall for universities, The Big Ten Conference announced a seven-year, $8 billion deal with FOX, CBS and NBC in August last year. Each university in the conference, including MSU, will receive between $80 million to $100 million each for broadcasting rights to their games.

MCAH works “behind the scenes” to end homelessness

Chronic homelessness is defined as living on the streets for 12 months out of the last 36. A number of shelters and organizations are finding their own ways to address the needs of these citizens in Lansing. One of the organizations is the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH). According to MCAH’s communications manager Amy Stephenson, MCAH works more “behind the scenes.”

GAAY Sports cultivates community through athletics

April 6 marked the final day for GAAY, which stands for GLBTQIA+, Athletes, Allies and You. The non-profit hosts many sports, including dodgeball, kickball and bowling across Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. For Lansing’s final dodgeball game of the season, it didn’t take long for the group of almost 60 players to mingle, make new friendsn and let the anxiety of gym class fade away.