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REO Town: Beware of the Art

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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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Student Organic Farm welcomes 17 piglets

Just south of Michigan State University’s main campus sits a 15-acre Student Organic Farm. Here, students can learn about the farming industry with hands-on experience. The farm grows and distributes produce, raises livestock and explores means of sustainable farming. The latest development at the farm is the Pastured Pig Project. Impact’s Abbie Newton explored the farm and assisted in the production of this piece.

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Exposure 5.6.14: Abbie Newton’s Final Episode

Host Abbie Newton celebrates almost two years as Exposure Director during her last show. She highlights the best of the year and welcomes new Exposure Director Steven Rich to the radio waves.

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