On Sunday mornings from June through October, Valley Court Park fills with farmers ready to sell a variety of products created through hard labor. Live music floats throughout the open air as families, often accompanied by their dogs, weave through the customers and around the stands of vendors.
MSU alumna Abby Rudnicki, first year market manager for the East Lansing Farmer’s Market and community events assistant for the city of East Lansing, said she is very humbled to be a part of the weekly setup.
Rudnicki said the East Lansing Farmer’s Market is the only market in the lower peninsula of Michigan where everything is planted, grown and sold by 24 different vendors.
The market, with its location close to campus, attracts MSU students. This especially held true on Sunday, Sept. 21 where the first 125 MSU students to come to the market that day could flash their ID and get $2 off any item.
Senior kinesiology students Megan Mallgren and Annie Bryers both wait with anticipation for the market every week and have been attending since June. The market is a main source of food for them since they said they like to consume substances that isn’t loaded with carcinogens.
“We look forward to it on Sunday mornings,” Mallgren said with a chuckle. “I set my alarm and it says ‘go to the farmer’s market.’”
Computer engineering sophomore James Meadows, left, and ecology and zoology freshman John Heslop participate in Spartans Will Game on Sept. 19, 2014, at the MSU Union. The University Activities Board (UAB) provided different gaming systems for students to enjoy. Photographer: Aerika Williams/The State News
Fast fingers and quick reflexes were on display Friday afternoon as crowds of students huddled around six projectors in the Union ballroom for three hours of intense video game tournaments.
Students waiting in line to be the first to enter a room soon filled with cacophonous sounds of sweet victory and bitter defeat.
Last held in 2012, the University Activities Board’s Spartans Will Game was highly anticipated by MSU’s gaming community. Six big screens were set up for maximum gaming along with Dave and Buster’s arcade games.
Country singers Jana Kramer and Easton Corbin are set to perform at the Auditorium on Oct. 23.
The event is being hosted by the University Activities Board. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Sept. 19, at the Wharton Center Box Office, by calling (517) 432-2000 or online.
MSU students pay $10 with valid ID and a limit of two tickets per customer. The general public pays $25.
Students interested in getting tattoos or piercings now have more variety, with the opening of Ink & Needle, a new tattoo shop in East Lansing.
“This was kind of the last frontier, business wise,” said owner William Brown, referring to being the only tattoo parlor around besides Splash of Color on Grand River Ave.
As a freshman at Michigan State, I interned for the university's student newspaper The State News where I wrote three stories each week, including subject interviews, writing, editing and submission. In addition to my weekly work, I landed two front-page feature articles. I was also responsible for attending and reporting on Michigan State University campus events.