Mega Shabbat Returns to Spartan Stadium

Every Friday, Jewish people around the world celebrate the day of rest, Shabbat. 

But today’s Shabbat on the MSU campus will be bigger than a normal Friday night, it will be ‘mega.’ 

Spartan Stadium is where MSU Chabad, a family-run student group, is bringing back Mega Shabbat for the first time since 2019. 

“Great experience being able to be in a communal place with so many other Jews,” said MSU Senior Jared Pazner. Making a kitchen ready to serve Jewish foods, and is boiling hot too. They’re making a Kosher kitchen to make sure dairy and meat do not mix, which is forbidden. 

Rabbi Bentzion Shemtov, MSU Chabad Rabbi said, “Being throughout the year that kitchen was used for cooking non-Kosher foods, in order to now use the kitchen to cook Kosher it has to go through an extra set of cleansing process.” 

Dinner consists of juice foods like homemade brisket, with family and fellow Jews. 

Plus a taste of the homeland, bringing the Western Wall 6000 miles closer to East Lansing. 

It means the world to these spartans after the recent terror attacks unfolding in Israel and the war affecting many Jewish people in Ukraine. 

“I know that being so far away from the action is sometimes hard to imagine what they’re going through, the pain and suffering,” said Pazner.

Buddy’s Pizza Eager To Open Okemos Location

They call it a pizza that started a style. And Detroit-style pizza has landed in Okemos. The location at 2010 W. Grand River Ave. marks the 20th location in Michigan. Known for its rectangular cut with a thick crispy crust, it’s no secret that the Detroit-style pizza is a big hit.

Store In Lansing Mall not like others

EAST LANSING, Mich– The Freetail Store in the Lansing Mall is attempting to change the narrative of what a traditional shopping experience is, one day at a time

“This is a concept I don’t think has ever been tried,” owner and founder Michael Karl said. Karl founded The Freetail Store in December of 2020. The store seeks to give those who couldn’t normally afford a traditional shopping experience the ability to shop with dignity and integrity. Accordingly, the store gives away everything it receives for free. Community donations of clothes, toys, diapers and other non-perishable items are turned over daily to the store in order to be distributed to those who need it.

One Student Organization uses the Wharton Center to celebrate Black Achievements

The Wharton Center can be easily recognized for its Broadway musicals and performances. Flyers for Mean Girls and Hamilton can be seen all throughout the city of Lansing. As graduation season approaches, The Wharton will be expecting a different type of crowd. 

On April 24, the African American Celebratory will be hosting the Certified Black Graduation for the 2022 academic year to celebrate the achievements of black graduates at Michigan State. 

“This is the first one since the pandemic has started so we’re just excited to come back and just to celebrate all the black grads on MSU campus because it was a momentous experience to have,” said Kennedy Walters, Vice President of African American Celebratory. Students can register through the link in the organization’s Instagram bio. The registration fee allows for graduates to receive a kente print black grads matter stole.

Local festival returns to Charlotte

The cold weather and mud couldn’t stop the fun at the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival this weekend. 

The event returned after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns. Festival goers were happy to return to the Eaton County Fairgrounds, as nearly 10,000 people were in attendance on Saturday. The annual festival offers fire performing acts, axe and spear throwing, live entertainment and more. More than 60 vendors were present, selling handmade items for viking enthusiasts of all ages. 

The festival’s chairperson Bryan Myrkle said the festival is a way of saying goodbye to winter and hello spring. He said he hopes people will enjoy the festival and return to Charlotte in the future. 

 “If you’re into this kind of a scene this is the best place you could be on the last weekend of february,” he said. 

The festival encourages people to wear their best cloaks, costumes and fur, as people were able to enter contests and win prizes. 

“We are not religious, we are not political, we are just about getting together, having fun and being family friendly.

Southbound Okemos bridge closes

The Southbound structure of the Okemos bridge closed for reconstruction on Feb. 14. Okemos traffic will be detoured through Dobie Road, Jolly Road and Grand River Avenue. Construction on the southbound structure will take place in July, according to Ingham County Road Engineer Eric Burns. 

“We’ll switch the northbound traffic to the southbound side and then remove and demolish the northbound structure over the Red Cedar River. Then, we will build the other half of the Okemos Road structure,” he said.