Weather conditions were ideal Friday when the MHSAA announced the official cancellation of the 2020 high school spring sports season. (Photo by Mark Meyer) Because it had been three weeks since East Lansing Athletic Director Nikki Norris had last met with her Trojan coaching staff in person, Friday’s online Zoom session meant that she would have a chance to reconnect — albeit via the internet — with a group of colleagues whom she misses seeing in person, and on the various courts and fields where their teams compete.
Above: East Lansing School Board President Erin Graham and Dori Leyko at the Sept. 9, 2019, meeting of the Board (photo by Raymond Holt) Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order yesterday requiring schools across Michigan to keep their doors closed to classes until the next school year and to develop plans for remote learning for the remainder of the academic year.
Above: The Orchard Street Pump House, discussed as a possible naming opportunity (photo by Gary Caldwell). East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier tells ELi that she hasn’t yet named members to a special committee that will study the question of whether to name a park or park structure after long-time Bailey Neighborhood resident and advocate Sally Silver, but expects to do so in the near future.
Above: "This squirrel is usually very busy, but every now and again, it stops and settles down on this particular branch." (Photos by Aron Sousa) One of the ongoing stories shared by ELi readers and contributors about little things and positive moments that bring us joy and hope during the coronavirus outbreak.
Above: Ava Renfer, a junior at Okemos Highschool, has been reading to pass time while stuck inside. Minnie enjoys Ava's company. (Photo through the window by Gary Caldwell for ELi)
East Lansing School Board President Erin Graham in a photo by Raymond Holt. While some people in the East Lansing community found themselves bewildered by the sudden changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, others have sprung into action.
Above: Uwimana “Tito” Gasito in a recent photo for ELi by Gary Caldwell. Gasito's charge of police brutality has increased attention on ELPD actions. What African Americans have been saying for years has now been shown conclusively: stops made by East Lansing Police Department officers evidence a cumulative racial bias.
One of the ongoing stories shared by ELi readers and contributors about little things and positive moments that bring us joy and hope during the coronavirus outbreak. East Lansing residents will honor the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other emergency medical professionals working to aid others during the COVID-19 outbreak by placing luminaries and candles outside their homes this evening, April 1, starting at 7 p.m.
Today’s “Ask ELi” column brings together questions we’ve received from readers about the coronavirus in terms of medical concerns. As always, these are actual questions received from readers. If you have a question you want ELi to investigate, contact us.
Elizabeth Ngassa (left) and Anaiis Rios-Kasoga performing “Summer Night” from the musical “Grease”. Before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suspended Michigan schools to halt the spread of COVID-19, the Black Student Union (BSU) met each Thursday at East Lansing High School. Promptly at 2:35 p.m., doors to the Hub open and music pours out welcoming students of all backgrounds to a dialogue about race.
Last week, Eli contributor Ann Nichols wrote about the pleasure and comfort of takeout from Charlie Kang’s and her column made its way to the founder’s second oldest daughter, Yuni Yi. Read here about how Ann's report brought joy all the way to Wisconsin!
Above: East Lansing's Bailey Center, with affordable senior housing, seen from the playground (photo by Gary Caldwell) A March like no other is coming to end, but April’s start tomorrow means rent is due for many, and mortgage payments are also on the horizon.
Above: A day at the East Lansing Art Festival, photo courtesy of City of East Lansing. East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier has now extended the City’s official State of Emergency through the end of April, and several events or services – including the East Lansing Art Festival – have either been cancelled, postponed, or tentatively rescheduled.