The State – 10/21/20

Haley Sinclair, Case deKoning

The MSU Library will hold a virtual screening of “RBG” tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 22 to commemorate the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The event will be free to all and open to the public.

This event is cosponsored by the MSU Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context.

Professor Kirsten Fermaglich, who primarily works in MSU’s Department of History, has a joint appointment with the institute and is the keynote speaker for the event.

Fermaglich said much of her work spotlights feminist activism during the 20th century. Linking Ginsburg with other 20th century Jewish feminists, Fermaglich said she’d place Ginsburg in the context of modern historical feminism while also reminding students of her current political and cultural significance.


City officials acknowledged in an Oct. 9 press release that traditional trick-or-treating is one of the higher-risk Halloween activities and encouraged community members to consider safer ways to celebrate Halloween.

Participating homeowners are encouraged to use duct tape to mark six-foot lines in front of their homes and leading to the front door, and to position a disinfected distribution table between themselves and trick-or-treaters. The release also suggests that homeowners that do not feel comfortable distributing candy should keep their porch lights off.


A group of mayors from several Big Ten school communities signed a letter to Big Ten Conference officials requesting practical measures to ensure safety from COVID-19 as the beginning of football season nears.

The group of 12 mayors – including East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens and Lansing Mayor Andy Schor –– signed the letter Tuesday, five days before the first kick-off of the Big Ten season.

In the letter, the mayors requested that the Big Ten Conference work with local health officials to define population positivity rates at which it is not safe to host a football game given the increased social activity that games tend to generate.

They also requested that the conference release game times and schedules as early as possible, and that games are hosted minimally or not at all in the late afternoon or evening, as these start times are linked to increased community activity.