Michigan is famous for being the Great Lake state, but is also permeated by hundreds of rivers and streams. According to the state Department of Transportation, there are 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan.
In December, the MSU Board of Trustee's lifted a 1960's ordinance, which banned fishing on campus. Students are now allowed to fish the Red Cedar in designated areas. To promote fishing on the river, the Department of Natural Resources released 3,000 fish into the river on Monday. Some MSU students and staff hope welcoming anglers will help improve the river’s reputation.
The East Lansing school district is preparing for a federal review of allegations of racial bias. The review was triggered by a complaint that its decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School will disproportionately harm students of color at the school. District officials defend their decision by pointing to various demographic patterns-mainly one that shows a declining student population in the neighborhood.