Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.
In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.
Today on Current State: an update from the co-producers of "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration", a documentary chronicling the 'Keep GM' campaign in Lansing during the 1990s; we learn about the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which funds research and education efforts for rare diseases; a new mural will soon commemorate the Lansing's Diamond REO plant; and former executive at Kellogg's tells us what life of a lobbyist is really like.
One of the most dramatic chapters in recent Lansing history involved the groundbreaking effort to ‘Keep GM’ that began in 1996. Former Mayor David Hollister remembers well the day General Motors’ executive Ed Donovan shared with him “some good news and some bad news.” After the 100th birthday of Oldsmobile, the company wouldn't have any new product for Lansing.
Katie Dama Jaskolski experience with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome inspired her to found the non-profit Life as a Zebra Foundation to raise awareness and funding for rare diseases.
Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about a non-profit in the Lansing area that raises money for research into rare diseases.
That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen. Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.
Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on the proposed 2016 city budget and an ICE operation at City Hall; a new curator for the Broad Art Museum; the piping plover makes a comeback and Bay City actress Katie Travis stars in "The Phantom of the Opera."
A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.
"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine. Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.
The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.
Today on Current State: a new Michigan State University survey on sexual assault; protecting baby animals in the wild; a former juvenile offender's prison story highlights flaws with the system and Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers.
A survey distributed to all Michigan State University students asks them to offer their opinion about sexual assault. MSU will use the information to assess the effectiveness of its current programs and services.
We talk with Paulette Granberry Russell, the university's Title IX Coordinator and director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.
Baby animals are making their way into the world as the weather gets warmer. Here in mid-Michigan we might see fawns, newborn birds and rabbits and more. But what if you see one without an obvious parent nearby? Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with MSU professor of zoology Jim Harding.
The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans.
In just over a month, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Proposal 1. That’s the statewide ballot initiative that would generate more than $1-billion to repair and maintain Michigan roads. It’s a complex plan with many parts, the implications of which reach beyond highways and bridges. If approved, the measure would enact a constitutional change to the state sales tax, and also trigger a number of statutory changes. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been following the developments of Proposal 1.
Michigan State will play Duke Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. This team has had an impressive run through the latter stages of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten tournament and now the NCAA tournament. Can MSU beat the Blue Devils and then, either Kentucky or Wisconsin in the championship game on Monday night?
There are few issues of public importance in Michigan that the Michigan Chamber of Commerce does not weigh in on. The state chamber is the advocate for businesses and job providers across the state. It assists more than 6,000 member employers, trade associations and local chambers in the legislative, political and legal process.
Our Live Music Friday guest today is Brendan Doherty. He’s an Irish guitarist-folk singer who’s new to East Lansing, after a life of performing all over the world. He’s joined today by a local favorite, Jen Sygit.