Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Mar 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

Legal setback for Lansing casino plans

Mar 6, 2013

A federal judge has dealt a blow to a Michigan Indian tribe seeking to build a casino in downtown Lansing.

Michigan ACLU on 'Right to Work' lawsuit

Mar 6, 2013

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken action to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s controversial right-to-work law.

Courtesy of Andrew Shirota

On Tuesday, Democratic senate leaders reintroduced their “Michigan 2020” plan which proposes to guarantee college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates.  Senator Rebekah Warren from Ann Arbor, one of the proposal’s lead backers, outlines the details.

Singer Janis Ian on her career, upcoming performance

Mar 6, 2013
By Peter Cunningham

This Friday, musician Janis Ian will perform at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing. In 1967, Ian wrote her first hit song, "Society’s Child," which was about an interracial relationship. She was 13 years-old. The song was banned by some radio stations, and Ian received hate mail, but it became a national hit after conductor Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special.

Scott Westerman

It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.” 

In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.