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Throughout the fall semester, the Features desk has covered a variety of fun, quirky events throughout Greater Lansing — almost too many to count. After much deliberation, we narrowed down a list, in no particular order, of our favorite festivals, performances and guest speakers that have become a part of the MSU experience this fall.
1. Battle of the Beards at The Loft
For some, beards are not a fashion statement, but rather a way of life. On Sept. 1, the Great American Fierce Beard Organization (GAFBO) hosted its first annual Great Lakes Regional Beard and Mustache Championship at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing. The idea for the event started in 2002 when students and alumni grew their beards out for six months for a bet. The categories for the competition included natural beards, styled beards and sideburns.
2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Breslin
Onstage fire might not sound like a recipe for a successful show, but for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it’s the norm. TSO performed at Breslin Center on Nov. 16, treating the audience to a display of pyrotechnics, laser shows and music. Their performance of “The Lost Christmas Eve” was their first new show in more than a decade.
3. Lowell and Baltierra of “Teen Mom” visit campus
On the evening of Nov. 29, students were introduced to the couple of “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra, both 20, gave up their daughter for adoption in 2009 and now travel to high schools and colleges across the country to speak about adoption as an option for teen parents.
4. Harry Potter world in Wonders Hall
The walls of Wonders Hall held an interactive Harry Potter world on Nov. 15, which was open to all students. Festivities included stores on Diagon Alley, the Sorting Hat and an appearance from the MSU Quidditch team.
Jeff Langum, left, and Dan Roberts, right, raise their drinks at the GAFBO Great Lakes Regional BMC. Langum won first place in the Full Beard category, and Roberts took first place in the Sideburns/Muttonchops category. State News File Photo