Looking back of the week of January 29 - February 4
After Steve Webster, the current vice president of governmental affairs, decided to step down this week for a position with a nonprofit, statewide economic development organization, the MSU Board of Trustees is expected to approve his replacement at its Feb. 11 meeting.
Mark Burnham, MSU’s associate vice president for governmental affairs in Washington, D.C., likely will take Webster’s place.
Having 13 years of experience with the university, Burnham said he’s looking forward to returning to the Mitten state.
A new energy transition team composed of faculty and students hope to present a strategic plan to the MSU Board of Trustees by the winter of 2012 to make campus a little bit greener.
The team’s efforts, including the establishment of goals for MSU’s energy future, will be documented at energytransition.msu.edu.
Encouraging transparency and holding public forums will be key to the team’s success according to Jennifer Battle, the assistant director of campus sustainability.
Meanwhile, student groups including MSU Greenpeace and the Sierra Student Coalition helped pass a resolution through ASMSU’s Student Assembly this week which encourages the university to end coal use at the T.B. Simon Power Plant.
For the first time since 1994, MSU administrators made the decision to cancel Wednesday classes university-wide with the impending threat of record snowfall hanging over the region.
Although the actual snowfall fell short of predictions, the 11 inches of snow that actually fell prompted some students to get outside and enjoy the weather with snowball fights, snow forts, sledding and more.
Business boomed at local watering holes, hundreds of students poured out of MSU dormitory halls to attempt to conquer a world record, East Lansing residents handled the snowy roads relatively well and MSU administrators brought us back to reality by reminding us that the classes would have to made up at some point.
East Lansing fair trade store Kirabo will move to a new location on Grand River Avenue after leaving its location at 215 Ann St. because of upcoming redevelopments in the old location.
Kirabo, which has been located at its Ann Street location for the past three and a half years, offers a selection of merchandise certified by the Fair Trade Federation.
Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, reintroduced a bill package last week which would regulate overdraft fees at state-chartered banks.
The bill, which does not apply to credit unions such as the MSU Federal Credit Union, is written in hopes of adding consumer protection for citizens who pay a tremendous amount of money in overdraft fees annually, according to Whitmer.
However, some say the move might contradict current federal regulations and might harm various banks’ ability to be competitive.