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‘Fairchild Fanfare’ Properly Celebrates Renovations

By Audrey Matusz

On Sept. 13, The Fairchild Theatre was an overflowing melting pot of American jazz tunes, German chamber music, Italian opera, and other worldly sounds to kick off the new concert year and properly celebrate the theatre’s recent renovation.

As part of the Michigan State Federal Credit Union’s Showcase series, A Fairchild Fanfare was a medley of musical talent put on by the College of Music. Beyond the festivities, this concert was particularly special because it highlighted some students and faculty at Michigan State University.

“I really love these kinds of concerts because they show so much variety and how talented our College of Music is at Michigan State. I think it will be great for people to see that we are talented in all areas and that it isn’t just the one group that really sticks out like the singers, or the percussion, but it really is across the board, a very fine program,” said Schyler Sheltrown, an operatic soprano at MSU pursuing a Masters in Music.

Sheltrown was one of the six honored students that were selected from the vocal department to perform the famous opera sextet “Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento” from the opera, “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Sheltrown added that alumni in the audience should recognize the music from the alma mater “MSU Shadows.”

During the 90 minute program, the audience watched performances by chamber groups composed of brass, strings, vocals, and even electronic instruments from the college’s contemporary music ensemble, Musique 21. This unique arrangement of performances along with the diversity in the program made for a fast paced evening that appealed to a vast range of musical tastes.

The Professor of Music, Director of Choral Programs, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, David Rayle, compared the evening to attending a  “smorgasbord or buffet.”

Aside from visual beauty of the “remarkable” renovations, Rayle mentioned how the internal transformations of the theatre reflected the transformations occurring in the College of Music.

“The choirs have never had a place to perform on campus. So, being able to perform and rehearse in a space on campus is really transformative. I think the Jazz people would say the same thing. It’s the perfect place for faculty chamber music,” said Rayle.

Fairchild Theatre is located on 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. A calendar with future events hosted by the theatre can be found online at music.msu.edu.

Exposure 09.09.14

This week, host Steven Rich talks with Krya Stephenson of the MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team about what MSU is doing to step up and fight the problem of college sexual assault and rape.

We hear from MSU professor Crystal Farh about just how much a bad boss can make a work environment.

Amy Bonomi of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies helps us explore the long-term effect 50 Shades of Grey might be having on young girls.

And, Lindsay Brieschke talks about Alzheimer’s and Lansing’s annual walk to end the disease.

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REO Town: Beware of the Art

Here at the Impact, we want to bring you the best events and activities in the Mid-Michigan area all year, so stay up to date with the Impact89FM News team be the first to hear about what’s happening in your community.

REO Town is a district directly south of downtown Lansing that has become a hub for Michigan artists, and this Saturday, the REO Town Commercial Association is hosting their fourth annual Art Attack. REO Town President, Ryan Wert, describes the event as, “a traditional art fair combined with an eclectic local music festival”, and while the event will host 15-20 art vendors and 10 bands, the real stars of the show will be the artistic competitors, where 7 to 8 individuals will compete to create the best works out of an assortment of materials. Past years have featured such items as reclaimed materials from gutted demolish-ready houses, but this year, attendees can enjoy REO town favorite food and beer as they watch the artists cut, paint and weld donated city trash cans over the course of 6 hours to create their masterpieces.

The event is tomorrow, Saturday 9/05, from noon to 9pm in the Riverview Parking Lot (1123 S Washington Ave). More information can be found on their Facebook page.

East Lansing City Council Approves Taxi Authority

By Aaron Martinez

During Tuesday’s East Lansing City Council meeting, the assembly approved a municipal partnership agreement to create the Greater Lansing Taxi Authority. The partnership with the City of Lansing aims to create a single unified set of regulations to help protect both riders and drivers from the often inconsistent regulatory rules. The authority documents also create new regulations for ridesharing services, like the apps Uber and Lyft, which will allow these services continue to operate in the Lansing area as other cities have threatened to eliminate them.  This agreement came to be as the result of collaboration between East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

The partnership agreement must now be approved by the Lansing City Council, and city leaders in both Lansing and East Lansing are confident that the measure will pass when it comes up for a vote in the near future.

Exposure 09.02.14

Welcome back students!

Here at the Impact we hope you all had a wonderful summer and dedicated this episode to welcoming back students, new and old. This week we hear from the President of the Spartan Marching Band, a member of the University Activities Board, the Director of the LGBT Resource Center and have a chat about the state of the university with ASMSU President, James Conwell.

Covering all things relevant to students all year long, we at Exposure are glad to have you back.

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Exposure 7.29.14

Next Tuesday August 5th, the Michigan Primary election will decide the fate of Proposal 1. A personal property tax restructuring that may be more complex than it seems. MLive Reporter Fritz Klug has been covering this topic for weeks (Find his informative video here.) and joins host Steven Rich in the studio to help breakdown the proposed changed.

MSU Journalism student Nicole Igwe, a native of Nigeria, gives an in depth look at the conflicts surrounding Boko Haram and how she sees the US perspective of the conflict.

Deanna Hurlbert, the Director of the MSU LGBT Resource Center talks about the recent million dollar donation and the future of her facility.

And finally, Dan Bollman gives up a construction update for the MSU campus.

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Exposure 7.22.14

This week, host Steven Rich talks with Kelly Young of the Capital Region Big Brothers Big Sisters organization about the group’s work in the area. We help Director Shannon Schmoll celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the MSU Abrams Planetarium, and MSU student Alex Moon surprises the Impact staff with a few of his pets. All this and much more.

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Exposure 07.08.14

This week on Exposure, Host Steven Rich talks about human behavior. MSU Assistant Professor Casey O’Donnell tells us about his research surrounding crowdsourcing for scientific purposes. Then we take an in-depth look at the field of mental health care. Expert guests include Marissa Luna of Engage Michigan, Dr. Scott Halstead, a neurophysiologist with Pine Rest in Grand Rapids, and Alan Bolter of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.

As mentioned in the story, here is the link to the Chicago Magazine piece on Masterchef’s runner-up Josh Marks.

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