By KAYLA SMITH
Capital News Service
LANSING — You hear an unpleasant thud; unsettled and surprised you investigate. The culprit is a bird, dead on arrival. Like a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, birds are crashing into windows at alarming rates. Between 365 million and 988 million birds die annually from window collisions in the U. S. and Canada, according to a recent study. You may say, “Birds crash into windows, who gives a cluck?” Actually, quite a few people do.
Sequester has become a word that strikes fear into many Americans. The automatic spending cuts took effect in March when the federal government could not reach a deal on the debt ceiling. Half of the cuts affected national defense and half affected domestic programs, so everyone has had to tighten their belts. With all of the decision-making taking place in D.C., sometimes it seems easy to forget that communities near and far are recipients of these budget cuts; East Lansing is no exception, so what is happening in regards to sequestration here on MSU’s campus? From the Office of Financial Aid to the ROTC program, these stories break down what Spartan students and their parents can expect from sequestration.