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 WILX.com
 Mar
8,
2010


Hey,
College
Students:
Fill
Out
Your
Census!
 Mom
and
Dad
aren't
supposed
to
count
you
on
their
census
form
 



 
 
 Like
any
community,
East
Lansing
has
a
lot
riding
on
the
census.
 
 "The
numbers
we
get
in
the
census
will
impact
funding
for
a
decade
from
the
state
 government
and
federal
government,"
says
East
Lansing
City
Manager
Ted
Staton.
 
 Staton
says
the
10‐minute
survey
is
a
lucrative
one.
 
 "We
get
about
$1,500
a
year
per
person
in
revenue"
from
the
census,
he
says.
 
 But
there's
one
group
specifically,
especially
in
East
Lansing,
that
needs
to
fill
out
 the
census
but
might
not
know
they
have
to:
students.
 
 "What
these
students
don't
realize
is
that
while
they
may
only
be
here
four
years,
 the
census
allocates
for
a
decade,"
says
MSU
junior
Lindsay
Bacigalupo.
 
 Bacigalupo
became
involved
with
the
census
through
a
school
project.
Before
her
 project,
she‐‐like
most
students‐‐
didn't
know
she
was
responsible
for
her
own
 census.
 
 "No
idea.
I
thought
my
parents
would
fill
it
out,"
she
says.
 



Now,
she's
helping
spread
the
word
to
her
classmates
that
they
need
to
be
counted;
 otherwise,
East
Lansing,
along
with
other
college
towns
like
Ann
Arbor
and
Mt.
 Pleasant,
could
lose
out
on
millions
of
dollars.
 
 "They've
been
very
receptive
when
they
realize
all
the
venues
the
money
goes
to,"
 Bacigalupo
says.
"Everyone
on
campus
rides
the
CATA.
It's
a
great
example.
Without
 government
funding
for
CATA,
it
wouldn't
exist,"
she
says.
 
 "This
is
so
important
President
Simon
has
sent
a
letter
to
the
homes
of
students
at
 MSU,"
Staton
says.
"It's
clear
that
students
are
to
be
counted
in
the
communities
 where
they
attend
school."
 
 The
census
forms
will
start
going
out
next
week.
 



http://www.lindsaybacigalupo.com/uploads/4/4/7/2/4472877/_census_online_mention_03-08-10