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By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — March in Okemos can be a month full of gifts. Traffic is heavy, bars can be crowded, floors are sticky from beer being wasted, all because of March Madness. March Madness is the month students, alums and townspeople alike represent their school with pride. This is the time for fans travel to their favorite bar, buy a cold beverage, alongside a nice light meal and cheer for their favorite college basketball team to win as many games possible. Owner of Buddies Pub and Grill Terry Lynn explained why March Madness is so important for the people of the community and her business.

CATA uses lure of free rides to douse drunk driving habits on St. Patrick's Day

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Your preference of transportation mode matters on a normal day, but this past St. Patrick’s Day CATA buses overpowered the inclinations of some to use their own motor vehicle. CATA’s Entertainment Express, that runs every week Thursday to Sunday to offer a primary mode of sober transportation, was helping the cause to promote against drinking and driving. The Entertainment Express is used in hopes of consumers helping themselves and other pedestrians from drunk driving accidents, not only this day, but every time the trolley rolls around. “Keep in mind that with or without the free-sober ride offer, CATA was already scheduled to operate Entertainment Express between the Capitol and East Lansing, and that the majority of those riders own a Student Semester pass, giving them unlimited rides aboard all fixed-route services, meaning they wouldn’t have had to pay any more to ride on St.

March Madness descends on Lansing; fans rejoice

By: Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-Drink specials, ruined brackets, and bets. It must be March Madness. With Michigan State’s men’s basketball team now in the Final Four, Lansing residents debate whether to embrace the bar scene or stay in the comfort of their own home while cheering on the M Spartans. Lansing bars Tavern and Tap and Troppo will be selling their draft beer for $3 on game nights in hopes that basketball fans will come to experience the atmosphere they have to offer. “A lot of people definitely go to the bars to be a part of the excitement.

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A recent false alarm of a gunman at Michigan State has many people concerned about their safety, and what to do in the event of a future threat. Ticket scalping may be decriminalized in the State of Michigan, allowing more people to legally sell tickets above face value. And, the Spartans are on a winning streak, having made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament, after recently winning the Big 10 Tournament.  

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Nike Gives Gifts in Exchange for Exercise

Nike celebrated the Spartans’ 3rd place standing in its March Madness Fuel Points Competition Friday night at the Breslin Center. The competition kept track of students’ activity through various Nike Fuel equipment.  The students would then upload their activity to Nike’s website to gain Fuel Points for their own schools. Nike sent two trainers and a box full of goodies to East Lansing for their efforts.  The trainers led a 40 minute workout session.

Hope Middle School holds combination talent show and basketball tournament

By Caleb Nordgren
Holt Journal staff writer

On a day featuring four NCAA Tournament games and three NBA games, Hope Middle School put together a crowd for an afternoon of basketball that impressed even the high school basketball players in attendance. Hope held its annual March madness event March 28, starting with a school-wide talent show and ending with a basketball tournament played before a packed house. The event is designed to build school spirit and foster a sense of community, Hope teacher Joe Cleary said, and is held on the final day before spring break every year. At 1:15 p.m., the entire student body gathered in the smaller of Hope’s two gyms for the talent show. The show featured 38 acts, with the talents including singing, dancing, tumbling and playing instruments.

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Construction in East Lansing could mean trouble for commuters and local businesses. Local Venezuelans react to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. And, the Government sequester may impact financial aide for incoming cadets to MSU’s ROTC program. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.