Posts by: Steven Rich

Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle CD Release

By Daniel Rayzel

On Saturday, October 11th, the REO town district will be hosting an album release party for The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle’s (LUVS) upcoming album, ”Dream Machine.” REO Town President, Ryan Wert, describes the upcoming event as a combination of a “CD release show and [a] preview of the Robin Theater,” which will be opening this coming spring.

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Exposure 09.30.14

This week we celebrated college radio day and dove into the vast world of college radio.

MSU Campus Radio alums Scott Westerman, Exective Director of the MSU Alumni Association and Steve Schram, Director of Michigan Radio, helped us explore Impact’s history and talked about what the future of college radio holds.

Doug Blake of Pirate! Promotions showed us a different side of the college radio industry.

We also took a look at another excellent college radio station, University of Minnesota’s Radio K, speaking with Music Director Ross Koeberl.

And to close the show, Impact Station Manager Ed Glazer sat down with Steven to talk about new direction and goals at Impact89FM.

Don’t forget! This Friday (Oct. 3rd), Impact will be airing an hour long celebration of all things college radio at 1pm.

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Marijuana decriminalization in East Lansing is put on hold

By Aaron Martinez

—UPDATE—

On Monday September 29th, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo ruled that the East Lansing petition to decriminalize use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years or older should move forward on the November 2014 ballot. This decision reverses the City Clerk’s previous decision to include the petition on the November 2015 election.
Hurdles still exist for the petition to make the ballot this year. Because the deadline for ballot submission to the county clerk’s office has passed, County Clerk Barb Byrum still needs to sign off on the measure before it can be printed on the ballot. In a statement to the State News, County Clerk Byrum stated she had “many concerns” over moving the initiative forward because many ballots have already been printed without the measure. Voters who have been given ballots and have already voted will need to be contacted by the County Clerk’s office and reissued new ballots which she claims will be an “undertaking.”
Stay with Impact89 News for more on this story as it develops.

Since 2004, cities like Detroit, Lansing, Hazel Park and others throughout the State of Michigan have been coordinating ballot initiatives to decriminalize marijuana. Up until a few days ago, the City of East Lansing was expected to join this growing list. After a recent events led to moving the validated petition to the November 2015 ballot, it appears that marijuana users will have to continue to lay low. East Lansing is one of eighteen cities where enough signatures had been collected to put decriminalization to a vote, however the city government and the initiative’s leaders are left pointing fingers as to why the initiative won’t be on the ballot this year.

State law mandates that in order to be placed on the November 2014 general election ballot, petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office no later than the end of business hours on July 29, 2014. Coalition for a Safer East Lansing organizer Jeffrey Hank submitted over 2,300 signatures to the clerk’s office at approximately 3:30pm on July 29th. Although the clerk’s office hours are stated to be open until 5pm, this is where the confusion begins. The clerk eventually approved and validated the petition on September 12th, using all of the 45 days allowed under the state law to respond to the petition, and consequently missed an August deadline for submitting initiatives to the county. In a public comment, Hank accuses the Clerk’s office of failing to process the initiative in a timely fashion.

“The Clerk should have validated the petition by August 12th,” Hank said. “Why the delay?” In a separate statement given to the State News, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett reiterated the Clerk’s position that the petition was submitted late. Mayor Triplett went on to say that the petition’s language was also sent to the Attorney General’s office for commentary. In 2013, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told Lansing station WILX that he was opposed to any sort of change to state or local law which would remove criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession. Although the Mayor didn’t elaborate as to why this move was done, he stated that he believes East Lansing voters will likely approve the decriminalization initiative when it comes to a vote next year.

Lansing decriminalized marijuana last year, while those in East Lansing can be charged with a misdemeanor. So far this year, voters in the cities of Oak Park and Hazel Park have passed similar ballot initiatives. The East Lansing ballot measure, if approved by voters in November 2015, would remove city-level criminal penalties for people over the age of 21 who use or possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.

‘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.

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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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