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Opening New Doors to Classical Music with the Lansing Symphony

By Daniel Rayzel

On Sunday, October 19th, the Lansing Symphony will continue its chamber music series with its second installment, “Cornucopia.” The concert will feature music by classical composers Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms with performances by Janine Gaboury, Stephen Foster, and Valerie Sly on French horns, Kathryn Votapek on violin, and Sangmi Lim on piano. The show will take place at 3pm at Molly Grove Chapel in Downtown Lansing.

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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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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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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 6.03.14: Equality

For the Equality episode of Exposure, host Steven Rich brings forward a wide range of issues.  Zach Wahls, the Co-Founder of Scouts for Equality, a gay-rights scouting organization, called in to discuss the impact of the Boy Scouts of America’s policy on gay members and leaders. MSU Professor and esteemed author, Julia Grant sat down to discuss her new book, The Boy Problem, and the challenges that poor and minority boys face in education. Lastly, Steven was joined by a panel of fellow students and faculty to discuss trace racial equality history at MSU, as well as the achievements and challenges that today’s minority students face.

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Exposure 5.27.14: Life After Graduation

Host Steven Rich discusses what happens after the undergrad fun ends with experts Dr. Phil Gardner, Executive Director of the MSU Career Services Network and Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics at MSU, and recent graduate Hannah Duke. Reporter Carmen Scruggs focuses on the value of an unpaid internship and whether or not students are being taken advantage of.

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