ELFD looking for more firefighters after receiving grant

After receiving a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for $462,500, the East Lansing Fire Department is looking to hire more people. The grant goes to staffing three more people over three year span. During the school year, ELFD serves almost 95,000 people. “20 years ago, we were doing about 2,200 runs per year. Now we’re close to 6,000 runs per year,” Captain Leo Allaire of the fire department said.

Michigan fights EEE virus

The state of Michigan declared a public health emergency in late September after reported cases of Eastern Equines Encephalitis. It prompted spraying by airplane over several counties in southwestern Michigan. The mosquito that carries the virus is native to Michigan. Five people have died of the disease and more were sickened by it. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urges residents to wear long sleeves and pants when outside, especially at dawn and dusk.

Inaugural ‘Blocktoberfest’ comes to Old Town

For the first time, Old Town, Lansing hosted their very own Blocktoberfest. Locals were treated to a weekend filled with axe throwing, bratwursts, craft beers, and more. The event was 21 and up, and while the weather was a little chilly, attendees were treated to quite the experience. The food was provided by Morton’s Fine Catering which featured mac and cheese, chicken wings, potatoes, and bratwursts soaked in German beer. The event was a success, and should be making a return to Old Town next Fall.

“Higher than acceptable” level of legionella discovered at vet lab

During routine tests last Thursday, MSU staff found a higher than normal level of legionella bacteria at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory cooling tower on the south side of campus. “We immediately took action Thursday night,” said Fred Woodhams of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. “We shut down the cooling tower and began procedures to sanitize the tower.” The cooling tower is part of the laboratory’s HVAC system. The sanitization process took place over the weekend.

Runners dash during dinosaur 5k

On Sunday, October 6th it wasn’t the dinosaurs that invaded campus, it was runners at the 34th annual MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash. Almost one thousand people attended the event held at the MSU Museum. The race featured a 5k and a Museum Mile for kids. After the race, participants enjoyed photo ops and food as well as a chance to go see some fossils inside the museum. “It brings a lot of people to campus and East Lansing, but
the greater Lansing area, as well,” said Event Manager Michael Secord.

Anti-abortion flags placed on campus

Protect Life at Michigan State University, an anti-abortion student organization group, organized the event on October 8th called “Cemetery of the Innocence.” The group placed 927 red flags on the corner of Farm and North Shaw Lanes to bring attention to lives lost to abortion. Flags placed near Farm Lane. “Our goal is to raise awareness,” Christen Pollo said. “Help people figure out what they believe about the issue.”

Michigan State gathers for new business complex ribbon cutting

The Michigan State Broad Business of College officially opened the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion with a ribbon cutting during homecoming week. Students, faculty and alumni all flooded into the new Minskoff Pavilion ribbon cutting. The new facility became open to the public this July after two years of construction. The facility covers about 100,000 square feet. Over 85% of undergraduate business courses and almost 100% of graduate courses are now taught in the building.

Severe weather rained on MSU’s parade

Severe weather ended up cancelling MSU Homecoming’s favorite
traditions last Friday: the parade. It was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and feature the Spartan Marching Band, this year’s grand marshal Susan Packard and, of course, Sparty. MSU alumna Lisa Centner traveled with her husband from Chicago to see their daughter Adelle, who is a junior pyschology major. The Centners were planning on watching the parade with her husband’s fraternity Theta Chi. “They have the seats for us to sit out on the front lawn so
we were going to go there,” said Centner.