East Lansing lost an icon of literacy, public service and public radio when Richard “Dick” Estell died May 6, at the age of 90.
Long before there were audio books on cassette, CD or services like “audible,” it was possible to tune into WKAR for half an hour in the morning and get the next installment of a book read in the calming, gentle voice of Estell, WKAR’s “Radio Reader.”
With the arrival of spring come warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and excitement for summer. But for some eager, nature-minded students at MSU, it is also the perfect weather for honey bees. Bailey Bees, a new student group, manages thousands of bees that currently live on the roof of Bailey Hall in the Brody Neighborhood on campus.
For many book lovers, the idea of writing in a book is simply cringe-worthy, but how about eating one?
April 1st marked national Edible Book Day, in which organizations around the country hosted an Edible Book Contest. On March 31st the RCAH Center for Poetry held their 8th competition in the LookOut Gallery of Snyder-Phillips Hall, on the MSU campus. The only requirment of this contest is that whatever a contestant creates, it must be edible and related to literature.
Shown above: Dr. NiCole Buchanan leading a training session on Implicit Bias.
The Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) announced on February 8 that it has formed an “Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit” to “proactively [address] police and community-related issues associated with bias.” MSU is the first university in the nation to create such a unit, according to Sergeant Florene McGlothian-Taylor a 26- year veteran of the department who heads the new unit. “We’re in the forefront on this,” says McGlothian-Taylor.
Above: Professor Anita Skeen with student Emily Bengel
You may have thought, growing up, that the owl carrying your Hogwarts acceptance letter might have gotten lost, and that was why you never attended the wizarding school. That has all changed for a group of students who get the chance to attend Hogwarts at MSU, thanks to Professor Anita Skeen’s class on the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.
East Lansing resident, Sophia Koufopoulou, recently gave a talk at MSU about the refugee crisis on the Greek Island of Lesvos. The talk, sponsored by the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and James Madison College, looked specifically at the local and international responses to the massive influx of refugees landing on the island during the period of January 2015 to present day.
“It’s all about courage,” said Cornel West on Thursday, February 18th. At 5:10 people were still filing into the already-crowded Big Ten Room at the Kellogg Center to see and hear Dr. Cornel West.
His lecture, part of the month-long series From Slavery to Freedom: An American Odysseyhad been scheduled to start at 5pm. Planning staff had set up the biggest room they had to prepare for the largest audience, but it still ended up being standing room only.
The Hatch is a space designed to aid undergraduate Michigan State University students in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Located on the third floor of 325 E. Grand River Avenue, Suite 345, the space gives students 24 hour access to the co-working space to utilize their various resources and to start their businesses.
The MSU Department of Theatre presents a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre February 19-28. The production is directed by Dan Smith, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at MSU. Ticket prices and show times are available below.
Townhouses on Albert Street (above), photo courtesy of Hagan Realty
In a pair of unanimous votes, this week East Lansing’s City Council put through a group of zoning changes that appear designed to encourage more housing for non-students in high-density areas of the City and to discourage housing of large number of students in single dwelling units.
Above: The cloud cover in East Lansing this morning.
“Cement sky” is the term used by regular ELi on Earth reporter Aron Sousa for what we’ve got overhead right now. It’s the kind of sky that makes East Lansing’s amateur astronomers like Sousa unhappy. But these night-watchers are holding out hope that the cloud cover may yet clear and they may yet get to see the unusual delight of five planets all lit up together in our early morning sky.
During a joint press conference with Detroit Public Television in Detroit, MSU President Lou Anna Simon announced that WKAR TV will not take part in the upcoming FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction, and WKAR and DPTV will join in an initiative that will, among other things, provide 24/7 children’s programming for viewers in Detroit, Lansing and the rest of the state.
A press conference will take place in Detroit this afternoon at which a partnership will be announced between Detroit Public Television and MSU’s WKAR-TV. A joint press release says that the partnership will "impact public television across the state."
Just one year ago, the East Lansing community was commemorating the 60th anniversary of WKAR-TV, MSU’s public broadcasting station. As the station’s 61st birthday approaches on January 15, celebrations have fallen to the wayside and business negotiations have taken precedence.
He’s nearly done with a composition he’s writing for Michigan State University. And he’s visited with the MSU student musicians who will premiere the work in January. But as soon as the first note sounds on Billy Child’s original piece, many say the work is just beginning for a highly sensitive initiative led in part by the MSU College of Music.