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TOP: Lansing resident Ricardo Lazarre stocks a shelf with milk Tuesday, at Goodrich’s Shop Rite Market. Lazarre has been employed at the market since the age of 16, this year marks his 8th and last year.

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Censorship limits online teaching By Colleen Otte THE STATE NEWS nn

The effects of media censorship by the Chinese government have reached far beyond China’s borders — at MSU, they have forced some professors to rethink the format of their online classes. China routinely blocks websites that could potentially cause political unrest, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and more, especially around the anniversaries of politically controversial events in the country. Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, where a pro-democracy movement led by university students was stifled by the Chinese authorities and military. In anticipation of the anniversary, Bloomberg reported that Google and Google-owned sites such as YouTube were not responsive. As a result, professors who use these sites for video tutorials and class communication have had

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LEFT: East Lansing resident Peter Hochstedler looks at bottled drinks Tuesday, at the East Lansing Food Co-op in East Lansing. The store offers local and organic products for customers. RIGHT: Lansing resident Shiloh Daum scoops mint leaves from a jar Tuesday, at the East Lansing Food Co-op in East Lansing. Photos by corey Damocles/The State News

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Ordinance would impose penalties on lax renters By Derek Gartee THE STATE NEWS nn

t first glance, the East Lansing Food Co-op is small and quaint. The co-op is made up of 3,500 square feet of aisles filled with organic and sustainable groceries. Customers can buy products in bulk and are greeted by fresh produce as they walk in the doors. Cashiers address the regulars by names, and it’s rarely uncomfortably crowded. In size, the East Lansing Food Co-op is a mere speck compared to the more than 180,000 square feet that makes up the Meijer in Okemos. But it, along with other small grocers in the area, still draws students and locals in on a daily basis.

On June 3, the East Lansing City Council introduced ordinance 1335, which would provide more security for renters of homes in the city. The council also approved the scheduling of a public hearing for the amendment, allowing citizens to voice their opinion on the issue. The amendment would make changes to the current property maintenance code of the City of East Lansing. The changes would affect how the city addresses renting violations. The ordinance currently allows for tickets to be issued to owners of rental homes on a daily basis, East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said. If the changes are made “we

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Whoodles seek homes Former puppy mill dogs at animal shelter prepare for adoption. Dewitt, Mich. resident Shawna Ward comforts a rescue dog Wednesday, at Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. Shawna is the animal care adoption counselor at the Capital Area Humane Society. CORey Damocles/The State News


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Police Brief Stolen Purses A 19-year-old female student reported her $100 Coach purse stolen from her car on June 2, police said. The theft occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Lot 63, which is located on the corner of Harrison Road and West Shaw Lane. Police have no suspects. Another purse theft occurred on June 2 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m on Service Road in the Angell Building. A 51-year-old female employee left her purse on her desk in her office while she attended a meeting, and later found it missing. A witness said she heard noises coming from the victim’s office while she was gone, but thought nothing of it. The witness said a man walked by her window shortly after. Police believe he might have stolen the purse. A witness described the suspect as a white male between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-10inches tall of medium build. The suspect was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt and jeans and carrying a tan oldlooking backpack. Several credit cards, identification cards, car keys and 12 Xanax pills were inside the purse and the victim estimates the contents of her purse were worth upwards of $250.

Vandalism A male employee reported previously unnoticed graffiti vandalism to the T.B. Simon Power Plant on May 30. Police currently have no suspects and estimated the damage at $200. Olivia Dimmer

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will have the penalty fit the infraction,� Lahanas said. The proposal would create a new section in the code, which would set caps for how many citations can be given based on how much was potentially collected or saved by the rental house owner. If approved, the city hopes these amendments will prevent homeowners to rent out a home without the proper permits. Without these permits, renters, many of whom are students, could potentially find themselves in an unsavory home. “With the great deal of rental pressure (in East Lansing), if you wanted to rentout something cheap and substandard you would be able to do that,� Lahanas said. “Therefore an all trades inspection is required before a house can be rented. This make sure the house is safe and provides a great deal of confidence in rental stock.� Rental pressure has been a serious issue for students hoping to rent in East Lansing. Each year, students set up camps outside leasing offices in order to secure their home. The State News previously reported that some students who camp out are still unable to buy the homes they want and are offered leases for other homes blindly. “It’s stressful,� said Journalism Senior Jonathan Yales, who currently rents a house in East Lansing. “We had a group of people signing attempting to sign for the home at the same time ... I was also pressured a bit by the homeowner after moving in to sign for the next year.� While the ordinance as it currently stands does not make these definitions, the city has been using similar metrics for some time, City Attorney Tom Yeadon said. “They (council) wanted in writing as to how we have been conduction these citations for a long period of time,� Yeadon said. “It’s nothing different than what we have been arguing to the courts ... now it will just been in an ordinance.� The public hearing is set for July 8 where it will be decided on by council.

To compete or not to compete With Quality Dairy stores scattered throughout East Lansing and various other chains readily available, the competition for bringing in customers can be fierce. But David Finet, the general manager of the East Lansing Food Co-op, said he doesn’t feel the co-op competes against the chains in the first place. “I think we don’t actually compete — I think we do something totally different,� Finet said. “We directly purchase from our producers, some for over 30 years. ... We don’t compete. What I do and (what) my staff (does) is try and make the community better.� One of their producers is a woman from Mason, who sells household cleaning products. She, like every other producer for the co-op, sells them her products directly. Finet said he noticed chains seem to try and follow this pattern, but they rarely stick with it. “Chains can come and chains

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to make alternate accommodations for students living or studying abroad there. In fall 2013, MSU reported 4,383 students from China were enrolled. This summer, 20 students are also studying Chinese in Harbin, China, Office of Study Abroad communications manager Cheryl Benner said. Benner said she spoke about the issue with the coordinator for the China study abroad, who reported none of the students have expressed con-

can go,� he said. “They follow profit. What’s beautiful about coops is that they’re all independently run by community members. We’re not going anywhere.� Goodrich’s Shop-Rite has been in the grocery store game since then 1930s, when co-owner Steve Scheffel’s grandparents first opened the store. However, because their building lease has run out, they will be closing their doors tentatively on July 9. After more than 80 years, the store grew into something that reached the university, East Lansing and Okemos communities. His store held its own against larger chains with the help of its specialty products, such as fair trade coffee and spicy House of Tsang’s sauces. “We competed by offering a huge selection of specialty, nontraditional products,� Scheffel said. “We grew to have a loyal customer base of regulars because of it.� The student draw Biology senior Rachel Rysdyk moved to East Lansing a few years ago. She stumbled upon the East Lansing Food Co-op by chance during an afternoon drive and said, while they have less of a selection than Meijer or Kroger, they have what she’s looking for. She added that shopping isn’t an adventure when she walks through the doors. Instead of wandering aimlessly through

cerns about not being able to use YouTube. The same cannot be said for School of Journalism professor Bonnie Bucqueroux’s classes, however. Bucqueroux said censorship in China and some other countries has been an ongoing issue, but believes it has become more problematic because each year the number of MSU students taking online classes increases. She said last year the university had to disenroll two students from her online introductory journalism course, The World of Media, because by the time they became aware of China’s censorship of YouTube, the students were already too far behind and they couldn’t find a quick solution. This year, almost half of her



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multiple aisles, she’s able to walk in and walk out without much of a hassle. “I really like the bulk section,� she said. “It’s easier to get what you need — I’m a vegetarian so they have a lot of specialty products that are usually harder to find.� The Oriental Mart, a small grocery store that primarily sells Asian cuisine products, was first established in 2002. Rachel Nimsombun, the store’s manager, said while Meijer and Kroger have aisles dedicated to these products, the Oriental Mart has a much larger variety from more locations. “Our variety also draws in the community,� she said. “Even though there are other Asian grocers in town, they tend to be smaller. We have more of a variety and quantity for a one-stop shopping trip.� Rhea Van Atta, owner of the Old Town General Store, said her cozy store has started to bring in more college students than before. She believes this is partly to do with the store’s selection of sustainable products. “College kids care about what they eat and environmental needs,� she said. “They’re studying this, and it’s important to them to know this too.� New to the business The Old Town General Store will celebrate its first birthday on

June 14. After the initial excitement that came with its grand opening, Van Atta realized that she would have to change from her original, homey grocery store. “You have to observe what people are looking for,� she said. “I discovered it takes an awful lot of foot traffic to generate walkins. People can think your store is cute, but if they don’t buy anything you can’t stay in business.� She started selling Michiganthemed products, such as ice cube trays shaped like the state, to try and draw in an international student crowd. Along with the products, she sells organic, healthy and sustainable foods, all of which she tries to purchase from local vendors. Van Atta has seen a number of regulars throughout her first year of business and said she can count on an appearance from her regulars at least once a week. Even a local group of children come in every day for a coffee and breakfast snack. When it comes to larger chains, Van Atta said she doesn’t even attempt to compete. “I really don’t even try — there’s no way to compete with them in price,� she said. “The only way to compete against big grocers is that nearly every item we sample and taste test. We know the vendors, we can tell you about the product. ... It’s homey, and in stores like this the clerks know your name.�

students in the course are taking the class from China, she said. Amy Blair, coordinator of Library Distance Learning Services, said there are many workarounds for professors like Bucqueroux who must alter the way they present their class material. "(When we) get calls, we contact the instructor and what typically happens is the instructor presents the material in another format,� Blair said. “Another option, but only for graduate students, is to set up the MSU VPN.� The MSU Virtual Private Network provides MSU faculty, staff and graduate students with a way to connect securely to the campus network when they are working away from campus. For her undergraduate students, Bucqueroux turned to another outlet offered through MSU. “MSU has a site called,� she said. “Professors are allowed to upload videos there, and they can be embedded

into D2L and Angel — or professors can give students the link.� A problem with this method, Bucqueroux said, is MediaSpace currently has a cap on the number of videos each professor can upload. Currently, faculty is allotted 20 gigabytes of space and students are allotted five. Bucqueroux said professors are also unable to post YouTube videos from outside sources for discussion forums and other purposes. She said there are some ways to capture YouTube videos, but they are not always reliable. “You can usually find a workaround, but you have to be techsavvy to convert it to the video space available at MSU,� Bucqueroux said. She said she has operated as the “unofficial coach� for other professors seeking assistance, since she started working with online classes in 1998. “I do think video is a valuable component for online classes,� she said.


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Haslett, Mich. resident Liz Kowal performs a checkup on a rescue dog Wednesday at Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. Kowal is a licensed veterinary technician at the Capital Area Humane Society.

Rescued Whoodle dogs up for adoption Volunteers assisted Capital Area Humane Society in dog care

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In an animal cruelty case involv ing a puppy mill in Howell, Mich., the Livingston Cou nt y A n i ma l Control and Shelter confiscated about 90 dogs. The confisca-

tion occurred in May, and on June 3 and 4, the dogs were transported to shelters across Michigan. The Capital Area Humane Society took in 20 of the dogs, all Wheaten terrier and poodle mixes, or Whoodles. The dogs were between the ages of four months and two years. Julia Palmer-Willson, the president and CEO of the Capital Area Humane Society, said the dogs were cared


for by various volunteers within the humane society. They were spayed or neutered after being brought in and will go through thorough health evaluations and behavior training before being placed for adoption. Volunteers also spent time bathing the puppies after they were brought in. Mothers with young puppies were given to the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann

Arbor. Older dogs were transported to various facilities for care. “Unfortunately, animal cruelty is a common thing,” Palmer-Willson said. “But this large (of a) scale of animal cruelty is uncommon in this area.” Palmer-Willson said they expect the dogs to be available for adoption after one week. Depending on the health of the dogs, she said, it could be longer.

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MSU has more than 170 green light emergency phones strategically placed around campus, but in an age dominated by cell phones, the practicality of the emergency phone system may be waning. MSU Police Deputy Director John Prush said the phones were first installed on campus in the 1980s at the request of the Women’s Advisory Committee to help students feel more secure when walking alone. Most of the phones constructed in the ‘80s still stand today, but many have been swapped out for newer, better versions equipped with public address systems police can use in an emergency. These phones, as well as the monthly phone bills they incur, are paid for by funds generated from parking violations on campus, Prush said. “When we need to broadcast a message to campus we now have the capability to do so,” Prush said. “On both Cherry Lane and Shaw Lane there are new phones that can broadcast. We upgrade where we can and where budget allows.” Because the phones are operated by AT&T, MSU has no way of monitoring how often the phones are utilized. MSU police said the most recent time the phones were utilized to call 911 was May 24, when a female MSU student called to alert police to a domestic assault between her and her boyfriend. While the newer phones are useful in some instances, Interim Director of the Women’s Resource Center Jayne Schuiteman said the phones might not

be so useful doing what they were originally designed to do — aid individuals in “stranger-rape” situations. Schuiteman said the majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, making the green light phones less useful in a majority of attacks. “The phones might be somewhat outdated since most people carry cell phones, and I doubt that in an emergency a person would think to run to one of those phones,” Schuiteman said. “At the same time, when green light phones are used, they pinpoint someone’s location, which cell phones can’t do.” Schuiteman said the phones are useful in creating a feeling of safety for students, and that the perception of safety is important in a campus environment. Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee, Gretchen Neisler, was a student at MSU during the early ‘90s and said in her experience students used the green light phones to prank call their friends in the dorms. Although she said she wouldn’t want to see the green light phones removed, more education and awareness is needed to make campus a safer place for students, especially women. Neisler said more focus needs to be put on preparing staff on how to handle harassment situations. “I think there’s a lot being done in making campus a secure environment,” Neisler said. “I was sexually assaulted in Shaw Hall and the training since then has become much more robust ... There will never be a perfect system and we can always do more, but our campus is very safe.”

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In a bipartisan vote last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to defund the Drug Enforcement Administration’s crackdowns on statelegal medical marijuana patients, caregivers and dispensaries. Before it is enacted as law, the legislation must survive a joint conference with the U.S. Senate and the approval of President Barack Obama. Across the country, DEA raids on state-legal operations have been a “destabilizing factor in trying to set up a regulated (medical marijuana) system,” communications director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Erik Altieri, said. The raids are possible because marijuana is federally classified as a Schedule I substance with “no currently accepted medical use,” offering little clarity to those states who have legalized medical marijuana usage. State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, said needed clarity must come from Congress, who has “dropped the ball on any meaningful dialogue.” “We should not be prosecuting individuals under the federal law if they are legally using medical marijuana under our laws,” Singh said. But DEA intervention is only a piece of the medical marijuana issue in Michigan, Cannabis Counsel Senior Partner Matthew Abel said. Abel called the medical mar-

ijuana industry in Michigan the “wild, wild midwest,” with dispensaries, which are not technically legal, operating “by the grace of local authorities.” Abel said extreme conservatism within Michigan’s judicial system and legislature are blockading any clarity. “It’s a market that cries out for regulation,” he said. “The people are way ahead of the legislature. The legislature dithers while the people who have serious illnesses have a hard time getting the medication that’s working for them.” Some patients use medical marijuana as a substitute for dependancy-forming narcotics,

such as morphine and oxycodone, and some others use it to lessen the frequency and intensity of epileptic seizures, said Rocky Antekeier, owner of the medical marijuana dispensary Helping Hands. Tim Jenkins, manager of Star Buds, said although medical marijuana is legalized in Michigan, many patients still fear legal repercussions because of unclear laws and regulations. “Harassment by law enforcement is the number one biggest fear of patients,” Jenkins said. “That’s their biggest fear. I’d like to say that it never happens, but it does occasionally.”


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he Gateway. The name of a proposed development plan near the split of Grand River and Michigan Avenue brings connotations of an open and brighter future. But the Gateway could end up blocking off more than it opens. The space it would occupy is small and surrounded by shorter buildings that would be overshadowed by a six-story building. DTN Management Co., the company proposing the Gateway, even needed to get special permission to propose a building over four stories in the zone. DTN has grand schemes right off Grand River. The Park District project has been in limbo for months. Now, pending approval, they plan on developing another piece of land just down the street. And they plan on demolishing the original

Biggby Coffee location, founded under the name Beaner’s Coffee in 1995 by MSU alumni Bob Fish and Mary Roszel. The area would become a six-story mixed-use behemoth surrounded by smaller businesses and Valley Court Park. Development isn’t the problem — change is good, even necessary. East Lansing wouldn’t be the thriving college town it is today if it weren’t for the constant flow of change coursing through its streets through the years. But sometimes, change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. To allow a company to expand the downtown area in such a manner would indicate quite a few things about the integrity of East Lansing. Change might be good, but so is preserving important pieces of the past and maintaining a pleasant and liveable environment. The Park District project has been a work in progress for years. After a long and arduous selection process, DTN was hand-picked to step up to the plate in August 2013. They have big plans for Park District, but continue hitting roadblocks that include funding discrepancies. Park District remains an eyesore, yet DTN has already set their sights on another project just across the street. From the planning schemes provided for both Park District and the Gateway, it seems that DTN

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Read the rest online at is planning on surrounding the Peoples Church and drowning Crunchy’s with six- to ten- story buildings, along with ridding East Lansing of a beloved stand-alone 24-hour coffee shop landmark. DTN does not need to work on another project across the street from their current venture. The Park District project is a multi-million dol- to develop the original building, which was already lar investment that spans 2.8 acres of land. Cur- old when they opened the original Beaner’s Cofrently, the space is decrepit and almost begs an fee there in 1995. But cramming it inside a huge, overhaul, so DTN could, and hopefully will, do multi-use building would detract from the momgreat things with that area. and-pop charm that many customers appreciate. However, it is premature for DTN to be startDTN has dozens of apartment buildings already ing another ambitious project, like the Gateway, in East Lansing, and the Gateway would take up while in the middle of another expensive venture land that doesn’t necessarily need to be redevelthat they have had issues funding. oped like the Park District does. The original Biggby Coffee is another issue here. With 72 individual student apartment complexTo Biggby-lovers, the original location is sacred es in East Lansing alone, they’ve contributed areas not only for its sentiment, but because it’s open that have come to be accepted as integral parts of 24 hours and provides caffeine and a pleasant our city, such as the Cedar Village disturbances. atmosphere to students doing late-night cramWe understand — DTN is a business, and a busiming. There are other places to study, sure, and ness’ goal is to expand. the mock-ups of the Gateway include a drive-thru But it needs to focus on keeping its promises coffee shop. But that does not justify the loss of a with the Park District project before being allowed landmark for the sake of redevelopment. to reinvent a beloved landmark in the name of Biggby owner Bob Fish has expressed his desire urbanization.

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This proposal is a vast improvement on the abusive current system, and the article fails to mention that the City did not really use these guidelines in the past despite the “city attorney’s” comments, and this reform came about due to the city’s oppressive system being challenged in court many times. It should never have taken litigation to create good policy but either way the system needs serious reform and it’s good to see something happening even if it took years to happen. Jeffrey Hank, June 4

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Catcalls, honks and stares— a runner’s life


The scope of sexual harassment in the works a Michigan State varsity track athlete, summertime means span- place legally includes unwanted advancements or derogatory comments towards a person or dex shorts and sports bras. Unfor- about women (or men) in general. The streets tunately, shedding a I run on aren’t a workplace, but Reporter the same idea of mutual respect T-shirt on warm days often leads should apply to all men and womto cheesy catcalls and unwanted en in public areas. attention. Unlike in the workplace, howI can’t tell you the number of ever, I can’t file a complaint or times someone has yelled, “Nice approach my boss about the issue. assets!” or another quality oneWhen I am verbally harassed liner at me from a car window. biking to work or running, I feel Or how often I’ve gotten catcalls, annoyed. Oftentimes, I’ll yell obnoxious car honks, or uncomback, “Out of your league!” Melanie Brender fortably long and probing stares. I have been told my responses And it’s not just from men. are dangerous and to be honest, A woman called my teammate a choice five- they probably are. letter word that starts with “B” for running in My instigations will not protect me. But I a sports bra, without a shirt, on campus. need to do something. Even if that something When I was studying abroad this summer is a quick, brash comment to save face. in Berlin, a lady called me a “Schlampe” (the German word for slut) because of my running “I don’t run in a sports bra attire. I don’t run in a sports bra and spandex shorts and spandex shorts because I because I want to show off my body or wel- want to show off my body or come sexual comments. I run in a sports bra welcome sexual comments.” and shorts because in the summer, it is hot and running generally makes most people sweaty. On a muggy 95-degree afternoon, I have to If you want to yell at me or any other woman pick between wearing extra layers that could on the streets of East Lansing, do it. Yell that potentially lead to heat exhaustion, and wear- we look pretty today or you like that dress with ing minimal clothing which inevitably gener- those shoes or I am running 8 mph according ates undesired comments. I figure that the com- to your speedometer or to keep up the exercise. ments are going to happen no matter what I Keep the comments clean and kind. Keep wear, so I choose the option with the lower them well-intentioned. risk of passing out. One time a guy’s jaw literally dropped when I’ve gotten derogatory remarks from high he spoke in all sincerity to a friend of mine schoolers. I was followed by a car of jeering from the anonymity of his car window: “My international students down a neighborhood God, you’re beautiful.” street a block from campus. Once, a young man Not everyone who yells out the window is a filmed me and my teammates on his iPhone and jerk. But the kind remarks are often overshadfollowed us for two blocks in his car. owed by the intrusive ones. One of my closest friends and teammates was We need to bring more courtesy to the streets grabbed by a man on a run, and she pushed of East Lansing. To those who already share him off her as hard as she could before sprint- the streets and sidewalks politely, I thank you. ing away. Looking back on the incident still To those making inappropriate comments scares her to this day. to a cyclist, runner, or walker, please — show This friend was physically attacked by a some respect. stranger. But legally, sexual harassment also Melanie Brender is a State News reporter. includes obscene words. Reach her at


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Summer? Last-minute submissions bolster the public art

what happened to sunny

number of artistic bike rack proposals

Lansing Residents Danielle Brown, left, and Jumoke Shoneye, right, try to stay dry Wednesday on East Grand River in front of Cosi. It rained most of the day in the East Lansing area, dropping the temperature into the 60s.

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After a last-minute flurry of submissions, the number of submissions for the proposed artistic bike racks around East Lansing now stands at 18. Artists were challenged with creating a work of art that would “be functional, while also adding an artistic element to this every day piece of public infrastructure,” according to the art commission website. Early estimates of the number of applicants were lower than expected, which left some East Lansing officials concerned as the deadline grew closer. “I was a little worried because earlier in the week, before the deadline, we didn’t have as many,” East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris said. “But they all came in. It is great news.” The project will be funded, in part, by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or

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LEAP, Public Art for Communities Grant. The grant was formed to create art in an area that is “highly visible or recognizable to a significant and regular flow of foot and car traffic ... (to) greatly enhance the image of the specific, strategic place within the community, making it more likely to retain and attract business and talent to that area,” according to the project’s application form. LEAP President Bob Trezise said in a statement the initiative is part of a larger, regional shift. “Public art and a strong arts and culture presence ... will be a vital issue into the future as local companies attempt to keep and attract global talent and their families to our region and state,” President of LEAP, Bob Trezise, said. When the applications are collected, they will now have to go through an extensive selection process before the installation can begin. “We are in the process of

scheduling meetings for the art selection panel to review the proposals,” East Lansing Communications Coordinator Ami Van Antwerp said. The art selection panel consists of artists with experience in public installations from around the city. Each panelist is selected by the city council to assess the value and longevity of art submissions. “You have to have that background ... that when you put an art piece in the community it will be sustainable,” Goddeeris said. The panel will make a recommendation to the art commission, which will discuss the panel’s findings. The process is then repeated, with the commission recommending a plan to the city council, who has final approval. “We are trying to get the submissions reviewed as quick as possible because we are on a timeline,” Goddeeris said. “It’s one of those things that will be on the fast-track.”


E.L. library hosts language classes

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News in brief

MSUFCU named top federal credit union of the year by association By Meagan Beck The State News nn

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions, or NAFCU, recently announced MSU Federal Credit Union as the Federal Credit Union of 2014. MSUFCU was categorized by the NAFCU with other credit unions which have more than

$250 million in assets. In 1937 MSUFCU was founded by MSU professors and other faculty. Now the credit union is the largest university-based credit union in the world and has 13 branches across the state with over 184,000 members in addition to $2.6 billion in assets. This year, MSUFCU passed $2.5 billion in assets and saving members over $7.7 million in assets. In addition to the success of the credit union, employees of MSUFCU were involved in supporting local charities such as Relay for Life and Capital Area United Way.

MSUFCU also gained the Charlotte branch this year and was able to establish the Oak land Universit y Credit Union with its partner, Oakland University. Vice President of Corporate Relations Sarah Bohan said receiving the award is a great honor for the credit union. “This is a testament for our mission of providing superior service and helping individuals achieve their goals and dreams,” Bohan said MSUFCU will be recognized for its award at the annual NAFCU conference and solutions expo in Las Vegas on July 22-26.

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“It’s a beautiful language, I think,” Attal said. He said the language is multi-faceted and has more than 20 dialects, with certain words and expressions rooted in culture. Michigan has the secondhighest Arab population in the U.S., according to the Arab American Institute. While California has the highest Arab population of any U.S. state, Michigan’s Arab population is more concentrated. Mackoul said she enjoys the diversity of East Lansing and has not experienced any discrimination on the basis of her ethnicity. “People accept you,” she said. Arabic Club meets in the library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. English and Spanish courses are also held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Any change in class times or dates will be posted on the library website.

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Making a business out of busking FAR LEFT: Lansing resident Gary Butterwick plays his viola Tuesday in Washington Square in Lansing. Gary has been playing viola for five years. This was his first time busking with his viola in Lansing. LEFT: Lansing resident Gary Butterwick holds his viola Tuesday in Washington Square in Lansing. Photos By Corey Damocles/The State News


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Walking down the streets of Lansing or East Lansing, different people can be seen playing music for money known as busking. Lansing resident Gary Butterwick said he decided to spend his day enjoying the nice weather and trying his hand at busking in downtown Lansing. “My goal was just to be outside, enjoy the beautiful day, if anybody stops and appreciates it that’s great,� Butterwick said. In the past, Butterwick said he has lived and busked in other cities, including San Francisco. Butterwick said busking is distinct from panhandling in the sense that the person is

entertaining people as they pass on the street. Busking is a legal activity because it is considered artistic free speech. Originally from Michigan, Butterwick said he attended Eastern Michigan University. Now he is again living in the area, but is currently unemployed. Butter wick said he has played the viola for five years, but it was his first time busking with the viola in Lansing. “One thing I like about the viola is it’s sort of the neglected middle child of the string family,� Butterwick said. “A lot of people play cello, a lot of people play violin, but the viola ... a lot of people see it and they say, ‘what is that?’ they just don’t know.� Both the viola and violin have four strings but the lowest note on the violin is a G, where on the viola the C string is below the G. Butterwick said he has been a musician his entire life and

has always been fascinated by music. “When I was a little kid my parents had an organ in the house so I learned some keyboards,� Butterwick said. Butterwick’s musical repertoire extends to five instruments — the viola, keyboard, guitar, banjo and bass. In addition to those instruments, Butterwick said he occasionally tries his hand at the mandolin. “I’m not really a mandolin player, but I know my way around on it well enough to sit in and play the right notes if I know the key,� Butterwick said. Although Butterwick often plays alone, playing music with others is one of his favorite activities. He said he had previously played in bands. Of all the different types of instruments, Butterwick said those in the string family are his favorites. “Strings — strings I can handle, winds are quite a challenge,� Butterwick said.

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The City of East Lansing Farmer’s Market opens for the summer this Sunday, featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate recent improvements to the market site. Ami Van Antwerp, city of East Lansing communications coordinator, said they received a $3,500 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to make enhancements to Valley Court Park. The grant was matched by the Downtown Development Authority and the city also provided some funding. Van Antwerp said the improvements include a performance plaza, newly accessible pathways, bike parking, and a new parking lot. She said the parking lot is especially important because the former lot had drainage issues. Market manager Abby Rudnicki said the new lot not only has parking spaces for cars, but also permanent dotted markings allotting space for the vendors. She added that the site received a new sign and basketball hoops, and the old vegetation was replaced with new landscaping. Van Antwerp said this year the market welcomes five new vendors: Glory Bee Sweet Treats, Rust Belt Roastery, Wooden Shoe Herb Farm, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, LLC and Jenny’s Sweet Treats. Rudnicki said there are 24 vendors in total, consisting of both annual and part-time sellers. The market stipulates all vendors must provide 100 percent homegrown products. Trailer Park’d “Slow� Fast Food, a hot food vendor, will also attend the farmer’s markets. Meche Holguin, manager of Fork in the Road, the “brick and mortar� restaurant counterpart of Trailer Park’d, said the restaurant’s main goal is to offer food made from locally sourced ingredients, and they enjoy participating in the East Lansing Farmer’s Market because many of its ven-

“People prefer the farm-to-table method. It’s a huge, important part of the community. It brings people together.�


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