Meridian becomes more welcoming as nearby MSU sees international population grow

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

According to the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University, the percentage of MSU students from outside the United States has quintupled since 1950, when international students only made up 3 percent of the population. In 2015, international students made up 15 percent of the university’s population with 7,568 attending school at MSU. This increase in population has led to surrounding communities like Meridian Township to host events so the international students feel more at home in mid-Michigan. One of those events was Meridian Mall’s fourth annual Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 7.

Grand Ledge church holds new trick-or-treat variant

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Halloween is right around the corner, so that means it’s time for decorative jack-o’-lanterns, dressing up in costumes, and of course, trick-or-treating. Or should I say, trunk-or-treating? Trunk-or-treating is a variation of trick-or-treating where, instead of going house-to-house, children go from decorated car-to-car, usually in a local parking lot. First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Grand Ledge just held their sixth annual trunk-or-treat event located at 210 W. Saginaw Highway. It’s been getting better and better each year,” one of the event planners, Sara Gooley, said.

Vinyl enthusiasts prepare for Record Store Day

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

EAST LANSING — In 35 years of business, Flat, Black & Circular owner Dave Bernath has never made more sales than he did on Record Store Day last year. “It’s a big day,” Bernath said. On April 21, more than 700 independently owned record stores throughout the country, including Flat, Black & Circular, 541 East Grand River Ave., will celebrate Record Store Day 2012. And after the success of last year’s celebration, Bernath’s excitement for the event is building. “We’re planning on (doing) even better this year,” Bernath said.

Harrison Road House celebrates 30 years

By Keosha Burton
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

During Harrison Road Houses’ 30th anniversary celebration, many people gathered sharing drinks, food and dances, but others gathered simply to share memories. Dave Scammz, a former Michigan State University student and a Canadian citizen, sat with his long time friend Graham Herbert inside the restaurant during the celebration while eating food, deserts, and reminiscing on his early years of being a customer. Scammz had been a customer for 30 years and counting and he still remembered how the tradition started as if it had just started yesterday. “Another guy and myself used to come down here for football games,” said Scammz.  “It became a meeting place for us, it grew.”

Scammz said he always liked the environment and judging from his visit to the 30th anniversary not much has changed.