Michigan State University often boasts of its status as America’s “pioneer land grant university.” In 1855, MSU was chartered under state law as an agricultural college. The deal included 14,000 acres of state owned land. Seven years later, the Morrill Act granted federally-owned land to the states to build new universities.
The act marked a major shift in American education. Up till then, colleges mainly emphasized the liberal arts. Land grant universities still taught the classics, but also included agriculture, science and engineering.
There’s a debate at the state Capitol about a natural gas drilling process known as “fracking.” Drills use a mixture of chemicals and water to extract gas from hard-to-reach pockets underground. The practice has been around for decades. Problems have been reported in other parts of the country – although never in Michigan.
But Democratic state Representative Lisa Brown says the fact that wells are now going deeper and using directional drilling raises questions.
Michigan may be officially out of the Great Recession, but its aftermath continues to affect millions of people here and across the country. Today, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago kicks off its 10th annual “Money Smart Week” in mid-Michigan. It’s a public education program offering nearly two dozen financial literacy classes in the city of Lansing.
Many Americans struggle with credit problems. Using it wisely and repairing it when it gets damaged is just one focus of the week’s activities.
One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing. Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.
WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.
Michigan State University is ready to start work on a new anaerobic digester. The system will use microorganisms to turn tons of manure and food waste into electricity for some MSU buildings south of the main campus.
This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at the first project under development at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The Land Grant Project will stretch the museum’s mission, bringing artists into the classrooms at MSU.