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Transit of Mercury to Be Visible from East Lansing May 9

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Editor’s note: The author, Shannon Schmoll, PhD, is Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. The photograph above is of SunSpotter in use showing an image of the sun.

When people think of astronomy, they often think of the stars and planets in the darkness of night. However, we have a rare treat of a daytime astronomical event coming up. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun. Weather permitting, East Lansing residents will be able to observe the phenomenon as explained below.

MSU Students Study, Save and Spread the Word about Bees

Monday, May 2, 2016

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.

Naomi Klein at Wharton on Climate Change

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photo of Naomi Klein by Kourosh Keshiri courtesy www.naomiklein.org

Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke the evening of April 4th to a nearly full house in the Wharton Center’s Great Hall, on the Michigan State University campus. Before she came on stage, a giant screen behind the speaker’s podium announced her timely topic and ultimately hopeful thesis: “How climate change is going to change everything (for the worse—or the better).”

Haydn's "Mass in a Time of War" at Peoples Church This Sunday

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Members of The Peoples Church Choir

This Sunday, April 24th, The Peoples Church Sanctuary Choir will perform Joseph Haydn's “Mass in a Time of War” during the Church’s 10:30 a.m. worship service. 

For decades, the Choir has attracted high-caliber vocal and conducting talent from both sides of Grand River Avenue. Under the leadership of Music Director Jonathan Reed, the group takes part in worship services from September through May, and presents two "Music Sunday” worship services each year, featuring full-length choral works.

Literature Feeds the Soul: RCAH Center for Poetry holds annual edible literary competition

Monday, April 11, 2016

 

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.

ELHS Students Cite Pros, Cons of Dual Enrollment in College Classes

Monday, April 11, 2016

Along with many AP courses and other advanced programs, East Lansing High School students have the option to take higher-level classes at local colleges, such as MSU and LCC, a process known as dual enrollment.

Many advanced students take advantage of this opportunity, often upperclassmen, who have exhausted the school’s offerings in a subject area. There are opportunities for taking classes in almost any subject, but the majority of enrolled students take classes in English, World Languages, or Math, which are the tracks the most students finish before their senior year.

MSUPD Introduces Anti-Bias & Inclusion Unit

Monday, March 7, 2016

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.

Hogwarts Letters Have Finally Arrived: MSU Class Focuses on Harry Potter

Monday, February 29, 2016

 

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.

MSU Students Report Unwelcome Sexual Advances from Rideshare Drivers

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) yesterday announced it had opened an investigation into “two reports of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) involving drivers with a Transportation Network Company, commonly known as a rideshare service.” The Police are not giving many details, but indicate in the announcement that, “In both cases, the victims were female Michigan State University Students who were picked up near downtown East Lansing by a rideshare driver and, in both cases, the victims reported that the driver made unwelcome sexual advances towards them.”

East Lansing Woman, MSU students Aid Refugees on Island of Lesvos

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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.

The Hatch: Fueling Student Entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

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.

Extended-Stay Hotel Converting to Apartments

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Photo courtesy Google Streetview

What has been the Gatehouse Suites Extended-Stay Hotel in East Lansing will soon be converted to apartments under a redevelopment plan approved Tuesday night by East Lansing’s City Council. The plan received unanimous support by Council, with Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier telling the owner they see this as an opportunity to provide rental housing to non-students near campus.

City Faces Budget Woes, Including MSU Fire Services and Declining Income from Fines

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Facing numerous financial challenges—including the funding of MSU emergency services and substantial employee-related costs—City of East Lansing staffers and City Council members convened Saturday morning for a special budget meeting. The meeting, held at Hannah Community Center, included an overview of the City’s budget, a review of the City’s General Fund five-year forecast and discussion of preliminary budget assumptions for fiscal year 2017.

Council Restricts Drones, Appoints Financial Health Team, Revisits Permit Parking

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Logistical update: All Council members were present at tonight’s meeting, including Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and members Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Before the meeting’s official start, Meadows noted that Tuesday’s meeting was being recorded and broadcast via fixed-position cameras in accordance with Council’s new schedule and frequency of video recording meetings, as previously reported by ELi’s Coleen Moyerbrailean.

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