I turned my cell phone on while walking out of the movie theater, and I checked my e-mail as soon as I could after watching "Pulse" alone. Was it a clever idea to have ghosts take over technology (computers, phones)? Yes, but it was done in such cliché, dreary manner that it just didn't work.
In addition to the stress of meeting new friends, finding classrooms and doing well in school, many incoming MSU freshmen have anxiety about their eating habits in a changing environment. Health Education Services nutritionist Ronda Bokram has been employed at the Olin Heath Center for 18 years and understands the "freshman 15" myth to be harmful to many freshmen. "It's a media thing and people are afraid of it before they come, and the more afraid you are of it, the more you do things with your eating that aren't normal," Bokram said. Instead of dieting or skipping meals during the transitional phrase into college, the key to a healthy lifestyle is to try and keep your diet consistent.
A first-rate musical starring diverse players from around the world was on location in downtown East Lansing for anybody looking for a reason to clap their hands and shuffle their feet rated G, for all audiences. Starting Friday night, the Great Lakes Folk Festival was the main local attraction of the weekend, with bands providing clips of their musical heritage through Sunday evening. Concertgoers didn't even have to show up early to get matinee prices the three-day outdoor festival was free but many fans did show up early because they were so excited. "I'm psyched to the hear the Cajun/Zydeco music," said Haslett resident Heather Dykstra, 37, while sitting on a blanket on opening night. Dykstra and her husband watched their two young children, ages 2 and 5, play in the volleyball court's sand while an Indian Sarod act, Aditya Verma, was setting up on the Valley Court stage. This was Dykstra's first experience with the festival, and besides enjoying the music, she was happy just to have an opportunity to dance with her children in a friendly setting. After allowing her kids time to play in their own little beach haven, Dykstra pulled them toward the Dance Stage in a wheelbarrow to shake a leg to Ron Likovic's Slovenian Polka tunes. Not only were crowd members getting into the different acts, but fellow musicians were digging each other's tunes all weekend. Twenty-two-year-old guitar player Julian Primeaux for Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big-Timers said Sunday that he really fancied the Juke Joint Swing set put on by Wayne Hancock Saturday night and generally thought all the acts really had it together. Primeaux's band was unique to the scene because it was the only Zydeco band performing.
It got real quite fast watching Fiona Apple repeatedly scream "This is not about love," while she flailed her body around like a helicopter seed in a tornado. Not since the tragic death of Kurt Cobain and the demise of Nirvana has there been as much passion on the mainstream stage.
Lansing Sitting alone in an art gallery of strangers, the photographer and a couple of scattered friends, I prayed Creole Gallery's Meegan Holland wouldn't embarrass me in front of these supposedly hip cats.