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Music Recap: Chance The Rapper and Hoodie Allen

Music Recap: Chance The Rapper and Hoodie Allen

Throwback! Chance The Rapper and special guest Hoodie Allen took the stage at the MSU Auditorium on April 28. The event was organized by the MSU Residence Halls Association.

Keep an eye out for performers coming to East Lansing during the 2015-2016 academic year with the MSU University Activites Board and the MSU Residence Halls Association.

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Timeflies at the MSU auditorium

Timeflies at the MSU auditorium

On December 6, Timeflies took the stage at the MSU auditorium. View photos here:

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Photos: Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer rock the auditorium

Photos: Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer rock the auditorium

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Rich Homie Quan concert made MSU feel some type of way

Rich Homie Quan concert made MSU feel some type of way

“Some Type of Way” has been the MSU football team’s anthem all the way to the Rose Bowl and back, but on March 11, Rich Homie Quan brought the feeling to East Lansing. At the MSU Auditorium, Rich Homie Quan and Kid Ink took the stage and gave students a show—he even got Coach Mark Dantonio to up on stage and dance.

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Students, faculty bear the cold to walk for MLK

Students, faculty bear the cold to walk for MLK

Last month, MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives sponsored the University’s 34th MLK Commemorative March. MSU students, faculty, alumni and friends braved the frigid weather to make the trek from the MSU Union through West Circle Neighborhood ending at Beaumont Tower.

This year’s march was one of several special events during MLK weekend that marked the start of Project 60/50 — a yearlong conversation and celebration of civil and human rights. Project 60/50 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the of the Civil Rights Act — two pivotal moments in American civil rights history.

The project’s organizers have planned a series of events that will take place throughout 2014 including two exhibitions showing at the MSU Museum now through July.

For more information, visit Project 60/50’s website.

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NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists

NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists

Throughout February, the MICA Gallery in Old Town will be filled with youthful art of all shapes and sizes.

MSU advertising professor Henry Brimmer is curating NEXT, an exhibition of projects from high school and college students that are shared in hopes of instilling youthful energy in Lansing. These projects include any type of art, with everything from photography and painting to live performances being featured.

In its opening week, NEXT featured paintings, live music, live fashion models, slam poetry, and stand up comedy. A new group of talented students are sharing their work at the gallery each week until the end of February.

NEXT Exhibit openings occur at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights at the MICA gallery located at 1210 Turner Street in Old Town.

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MSU in color: Red

MSU in color: Red

Red is a tricky color to find on campus. My thoughts of “being seasonal” quickly proved harder to photograph than anticipated. Luckily for me, we hosted the men’s volleyball Michigan Hardwood classic tournament last weekend. I got to watch friends of mine from the University of Wisconsin play and ultimately found some red subject matter because of it. But despite taking pictures of another team, my heart is still with the Spartans. Go green!

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Izzone Campout 2013

Izzone Campout 2013

Spartan basketball season is just around the corner, and to kick-off the year, the Izzone Campout brought a record-breaking 3,000-plus students together for a night of celebrating Michigan State Basketball.

September 27 was a warm and sunny day-perfect for frisbee, cookouts, campfires, and even some inflatable obstacle courses at Munn Field. The energy was incredible as well, with hundreds of eager students pitching tents and staying the night in hopes of achieving lower bowl tickets for the highly anticipate 2013-2014 season, which starts November 8th.

Later in the evening, Coach Izzo and the MSU Men’s basketball team made their annual appearance. Izzo hyped up the crowd with a speech, and players introduced themselves and answered questions. Overall, it was a night filled with an appreciation for Michigan State basketball.

The Izzone Campout is a strong indicator of just how much Spartan spirit there is at Michigan State. Go Green!

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Middle of the Mitten 2013

Middle of the Mitten 2013

This year, Middle of The Mitten celebrated its 5th music festival with a three-day affair, Jan. 24-26, organized by The Record Lounge on Grand River, as opposed to two days in previous years. The music festival is way of celebrating the opening of the all vinyl store, which opened early 2008. What started out as a small project by Joel Heckaman who obtained his degree at Michigan State University in professional writing, has turned into a much bigger part of the community. Every year there are a few current students at Michigan State who are a part of his team, organizing, planning, designing and advertising.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, there was a kick off party featuring solo artists like Vince Zydek and The Hand in The Ocean. It was an intimate setting as twenty or more people got to listen to acoustic sets in the store. Despite the small space, everyone got to enjoy the local up and coming music artists. On Friday, the event moved a little less than a block where it was held at SCENE Metrospace, which was not so far away from the store. More artists locally in Michigan were featured, including Nathan Alan. The last night of the festival took people slightly further away. The night was filled with rock music as they occupied the Loft down in Lansing. With a much bigger space, there were many more possibilities.  Bands like Bicycle Sunday and Elliot Street Lunatic took the stage where both local and not so local bands have played.

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Dancing for a cause year after year

Dancing for a cause year after year

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Michigan State University students from various student organizations gathered at I.M. Circle to participate in MSU’s Dance Marathon. This event was in support of the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation in memory of the former MSU student. Cassie, 21, lost her four-year battle with kidney cancer on March 1,2012.  Still, her legacy and spirit lives on throughout the MSU community.

The Cassie Hines Shoes Foundation raises awareness and financial support for cancer camps and support groups for young adult cancer patients ages 16-30, according to the foundations webpage.

During the Dance Marathon, students participated in games, arts and crafts and of course, dancing for 12 hours straight. Seems like an easy task, right? The catch is they were not allowed to sit down at any point.

“I didn’t realize 12 hours would be so hard to stand the whole time,” said Lexi Justice, a senior elementary and special education student. “My legs were sore by hour four and I was definitely active the whole time learning different dances, participating in dodge ball, relay races and lots of games to keep us going.”

The mental and physical challenges are meant to symbolize the obstacles faced by cancer patients and their families according to the MSU Dance Marathon webpage. By continuing to stay on their feet, they are commemorating the struggles that cancer patients go through everyday.

Right now, Penn State’s Dance Marathon is the largest student run philanthropy in the world in which they raised $12,374,034.46 this year.

“I would definitely do it again and I hope MSU can grow to make our Dance Marathon as big as Penn State’s,” said Justice.

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