I bit my lip to hold back tears, I shoved my phone deep into my backpack so I could pretend it wasn’t actually 4:30 a.m., and downed the rest of my Red Bull. I could no longer keep track of whether it was my first or third of the evening, and I was barely able to stay awake long enough to read the messy notes in front of me.
I realized I was staring blankly at the keynote presentation, when I heard my mentor’s exasperated voice, trying to bring my attention back to business.
“Caitlin… Caitlin are you getting this? Are you ready to go again?”
Photo: Image of a mattress burned last weekend on Fern Street, near the City Attorney’s office
According to a press release from ELPD “Last week, after the MSU football win against Oregon, there were seven fires set in the City of East Lansing, primarily in student areas. These fires are extremely dangerous to bystanders in the area, but also to first responders that are called to extinguish them. Responding to these fires multiple times in a single night can also affect the response time to those in the community in need of medical attention.”
There has been a noticeable increase in the energy and activity in East Lansing over the past few days, as MSU students have begun to move back into town. With their return comes Fall Welcome (formerly “Welcome Week”), a term that brings fond memories to some and less fond memories to others.
The author on graduation day 2006 with Chris Marshall (in red cap) and his housemates.
The students are back.
Depending on where in East Lansing you live, that may just mean that there are longer lines at Meijer. If you live where I live, it’s different. Because I live on a street where we are the only permanent residents, and every single other house is a student rental.