The State – 03/29/22

Rachel Fulton

Students gather for climate rally outside Michigan Capitol

On March 25th, student organization “Sunrise MSU” organized a climate strike at the Michigan Capitol.

Speakers led the crowd in environment-related songs and chants and discussed environmental issues and multiple speakers discussed how Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Ross Fisher, an organizer at Lansing advocacy group Oil and Water Don’t Mix, spoke on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline and making the transition to clean energy.

Other advocate groups attended the event in addition to Sunrise, including the Greater Lansing Democratic Socialists of America and the student-run Young Communist League.

The event was held in conjunction with Fridays for Future, a youth-led climate strike movement inspired by activist Greta Thurnberg’s school strikes for climate.

Lansing Micro Market welcomes 6 new businesses

This month, Downtown Lansing welcomed six new businesses to Washington Avenue at their grand opening ceremony at Middle Village Micro Market.

Middle Village allows new businesses to test their products and ideas while becoming active in the Lansing community and growing their customer base. “It’s just this bottomless wealth of talent in the area,” executive director Brandon Navin said. “It doesn’t matter how much new talent we run across, there’s always more coming to the surface.”

For some business owners who grew up in Lansing, opening their boutique in the city is a huge step for them. CocoBella owner Shebeeka Monique said “My mom and my aunts would bring me down here all the time, so this is history for me.” “I’m going to make my stamp here.”

Former Spartans Shilique Calhoun and Matt McQuaid in attendance as MSU tennis falls to Wisconsin

Shilique Calhoun, who was in town training with MSU pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan, recognizes that it is important to support all Spartan athletics, not just the ones that make the most money.

“I think that it’s important to support Spartans in general,” Calhoun said in an interview with The State News. “It is always about being there for one another. I think if you bleed green the positivity of being here brings a lot of positivity to the team and just seeing that there is camaraderie between the different sports.”

Through the good and the bad, the camaraderie should never waver.

Based on original reporting by Jack Armstrong, Finn Hopkins and Nick Lundberg. Script by Shakyra Mabone.