Monday, July 6, 2020

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CITY

Bond proposals would improve E.L. schools

East Lansing School District bond proposals totaling more than $66 million will be voted upon today at 14 locations across the city. If the proposals are passed, the money will be used to renovate and remodel the high school and build a new pool. In December 1999, a similar bond was proposed but was voted down.

CAMPUS

Trustees elect new chairperson

AUGUSTA, Mich. - Colleen McNamara, a five-year veteran of MSU’s governing body, was elected chairperson of the university’s Board of Trustees on Friday. McNamara, who joined the board in 1995, replaces former Trustee Bob Traxler, who resigned in August to accept a position on the Mackinac Island State Parks Commission. “It’s really an honor,” McNamara said Friday.

CITY

State House to vote on higher education bill

Lawmakers will be addressing key issues this week in the state House and Senate - most notably, the bill to fund higher education for the next fiscal year. The state House is expected to vote on a budget bill that will appropriate $1,838,900,562 to Michigan’s 15 public universities.

CITY

Byrum, Rogers discuss matters close to heart

Every 29 seconds an American suffers a heart attack, and every minute someone dies from one. Every 53 seconds an American suffers a stroke, and every 3.3 minutes someone dies from one. “Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s number one and number three killers - but few politicians seem to notice,” Mike Michalski, chairman-elect of the American Heart Association’s Midwest affiliate, said. The American Heart Association sought to end that legislative ignorance this year by developing a new initiative called Take Heart 2000, a series of four national events aimed at educating lawmakers and candidates on the health issues related to cardiovascular disease. “The American Heart Association has developed a new initiative - Take Heart 2000 - to educate officials and political candidates on important heart and stroke issues in an effort to get them to speak out and support a health policy agenda aimed at fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases,” Michalski said. On Friday, the Kellogg Center hosted the last in a series of nationwide candidate forums sponsored by the American Heart Association. “Right now there is a lot of national attention on Lansing because there are such crucial races going on,” said Cindy Hawken, director of communications for Western Michigan’s American Heart Association. Take Heart 2000 highlights three key policies the American Heart Association would like candidates to support: Increasing federal research funding, including funding for heart disease and stroke; authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the manufacturing, sale and marketing of tobacco products; and removing barriers to health care that limit access to emergency services and specialty care. “Because health issues like heart disease and stroke affect almost every family, we’d like (candidates) to be aware of those issues and to find out their opinions,” Hawken said. Invited to attend the forum were state senators Dianne Byrum, D-Onondaga, and Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, as well as Democratic U.S.

CITY

Council to discuss City Center tax increment; residents to vote on school levies

The East Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the City Center tax increment and increasing restrictions on smoking in restaurants.To fund the City Center, an ordinance would raise taxes of East Lansing residents in small increments.The project, with a price tag of about $30 million, will be home to an array of new shops and restaurants in East Lansing.

CITY

E.L., students support AIDS walk

Danforth Goff was never alone during AIDS Walk Michigan-Lansing. He also wanted to ensure those with HIV and AIDS won’t feel lonely either.“We need to encourage people that there is hope, that they are not alone in this process,” said Goff, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV through tainted blood products in 1980.

CITY

Center attempts to close digital divide

At a stop in Flint on Thursday, President Bill Clinton spoke about the digital divide in America.Meanwhile, tucked in a corner of Bessey Hall, there is a center dedicated to technology and learning for students and faculty with disabilities aimed at eliminating the deficit Clinton spoke of.The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities Assistive Technology Center uses a variety of tools, computer equipment and software to help MSU students have the best learning experience possible.The technology center, located in Suite 120 of Bessey Hall, includes software that can read aloud to students, create electronic books or enlarge print for low-vision students.A raised, talking map of campus helps blind students find their way around, and three real-time captioning specialists type out lectures and class discussions for deaf students.

CITY

Programs ranked in local law school study

MSU-Detroit College of Law ranks below Lansing’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in a recent study ranking law schools.Using statistics from the American Bar Association, Cooley Dean Don LeDuc released the school’s third annual Program Achievement Rating study ranking U.S.

CAMPUS

U welcomes former Notre Dame president

There was more than the excitement of a legendary rivalry in the air Friday as players and fans prepared for a contest between the Spartans and the Fighting Irish.In a Kellogg Center banquet room, officials gathered to celebrate the connection between MSU and the University of Notre Dame.