By Lindsay Nowak
EAST LANSING– MSU graduation will officially be “going green” this year as graduates walk across the stage on May 7-9. The graduating class this semester will be the first class to try out the new “green gowns” made from 12 20-ounce plastic bottles as well as caps made from one 20-ounce plastic bottle. The graduates will receive a diploma made from recycled paper. Commencement programs will be printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper as well. The university also switched from paper invitations being sent out, to nearly 8,000 electronic invitations.
EAST LANSING– With Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, MSU’s Office of Campus Sustainability will be honoring units on campus that earned Green Certification by demonstrating the best practices for sustainability. They will also be awarding “sustainability champions” that are faculty, staff, students, and alumni for their efforts around MSU’s campus.
By: Allen Martin
EAST LANSING – The MSU Board of Trustees voted Friday and approved a 5.1 percent increase ($375) for students living in double rooms in resident halls next school year. This will not affect single room rates, but will increase meal plan rates for next year. The university says that this increase is taking place because operating expenses are increasing. The voted also affects apartments around the university. Monthly rent at University Village, Cherry Lane, Faculty Brick and Spartan Village will also increase.
EAST LANSING – On Tuesdays meeting the East Lansing City council will be deciding on whether to convert the Lambda Chi Fraternity House into a 15 room apartment complex. The council will be meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm at City Hall to discuss the future of the house.