Your ELi

We Did It, and Then Some!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

We are so very excited to announced that Eli’s October fundraiser, aimed at raising $10,000, has raised $14,807! That is almost 50% more than we were aiming for!

Your amazing generosity will ensure Eli’s continued success and will allow us to do even more great work for you, our readers, than we had planned! Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I are beside ourselves with gratitude and excitement.

Your ELi: The Destruction of Local News

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Today I’m going to tell you about my trip to Berkeley, California, last weekend—what I discovered among the clouds of marijuana smoke and bare feet—but first I have to cover some history.

Your ELi: Are We Crazy?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Image: Update on our fundraiser; still a way to go before the end of the month.

We would really appreciate if you would read this, straight through to the end.

We are both pretty sensitive people. Alice may look infinitely tough, and Ann may look infinitely calm, but the truth is we bleed kind of easily. It’s a major reason we’ve taken on the never-ending work that is ELi: because we feel intense empathy for our fellow citizens of East Lansing.

ELi Scores Fundraising Match

Saturday, October 10, 2015


We need to raise $10,000 this month to keep us going through the end of January. Without that money, we can’t bring you more government and politics coverage, Trojan soccer stories, or deep takes on local treasures like Beggar’s Banquet and The Northern Tail Dog Park. We can't keep paying the small sums we do to keep our worker bee reporters buzzing around town, bringing you back news from our schools, our neighborhoods, our local businesses, and our local crafters and farmers.

ELi Fall Fundraiser

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I need your help.

The ELi coffers are starting to run low. We knew this would happen right about now, because people in East Lansing tend not to donate to ELi until we run a dedicated fundraising campaign, and our last campaign was last spring.

We’re okay with that pattern. So long as people respond to our campaigns—which so far has worked out!—it’s all fine. Otherwise, especially for Managing Editor Ann Nichols and me, it means stress, a mounting sense of panic, and a concern that you don’t think the work our team is doing for you is worth supporting with a few dollars.

Your ELi: Moons, Mugs, Mission

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What does our moon meeting our mugs have to do with our mission here at ELi?

This week Robert Victor, former staff astronomer and now a volunteer of MSU’s Abram’s Planetarium, brought us news of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse. As you can read in his article, there will be a special gathering on the parking garage behind the planetarium starting around 7 p.m. for those who want to watch the eclipse together, in the company of professional sky-gazers.

Your ELi: Growing Pains

Saturday, September 19, 2015

ELi is experiencing growing pains.

Growing is a good thing for us. Pain is (from pretty much anybody’s point of view) a bad thing, unless one wants to get all cosmic about becoming better people, or building muscles, or some other lofty goal irrelevant to this message.

Your ELi: Town and Gown

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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.

ELi Brings You New Elections Feature

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We’ve heard loud and clear from our readers that you want ELi to continue to be a reliable, nonpartisan source of information about local elections and local political campaigns. If you’ve been with us for the last two election cycles, you know we’ve been doing regular reporting for you on issues like the parking lot sale ballot question, the marijuana charter amendment, and the land sale charter amendment, as well as on political campaigns (who is behind them, who finances them, candidate positions, etc.).

YOUR ELi: Seriously

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Click-baiting photo of Ann Nichols’ ancient dog, Charlie, who has attended many ELi management meetings, almost always under a blanket.


Have you donated? Look what we do for you!

Come on.





YOUR ELi: An Appreciation

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our Managing Editor, Ann Nichols, is supposed to be off duty for a couple of days because she is doing the cooking for a friend’s wedding. (Besides being a lawyer, professional writer, and ELi’s Managing Editor, Ann is also a professional—and spectacular—cook.) This means I’ve got a rare moment where Ann isn’t paying total attention to ELi, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for me to sneak into ELi something she’d probably veto: an appreciation of Ann.

YOUR ELi: New Reporters on the Team

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This week we held a new reporters meeting at my house for folks interested in becoming reporters for ELi. We had six potential rookies attend! They ranged in age from ninth grade to people a ninth-grader would consider old. Best of all, their interests ranged all over the place, from arts and music, to city politics, to crime and public safety, to school district activities, to environment and garden.

YOUR ELi: Why People Support Us

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Do you donate to ELi, and if so, why? We asked, and you answered.

ELi recently conducted its first reader survey, which focused mainly on ranking the reader-requested “Ask ELi” stories so we can plan to cover what interests you the most. The results of that part of the survey are available here.

We also asked readers whether they donate to ELi and why they do (or don’t). Of 52 survey respondents, 33 answered the question “Please tell us why you have or haven't donated to ELi.”

Which Do YOU Want ELi Investigating?

Monday, July 6, 2015

We've received a lot of reader requests for our investigative series known as Ask ELi to Investigate and so we would like to hear from you, our readers, about which ones we should prioritize. Please take our four-minute, anonymous survey by clicking here.

Reminder: ELi is on break this week except for City Council coverage and emergency-type reports. Read more.