You've made it to finals week 2014! Before you head out of town or get lost in relaxing, I wanted to remind you of a few things:

Be sure to lock up your home or apartment before leaving town. Secure doors and windows, leave some lights on or place them on a timer. Be sure that your mail, packages or newspapers aren't piling up. Put a stop on deliveries at the post office or have a friend check your mailbox.

Do not lower your thermostat below 60 degrees before heading out. Pipes can freeze and burst causing serious damage to your place. Unplug unnecessary electronics and appliances.

The City of East Lansing has a snow ordinance. Other cities and townships have their own rules regarding snow and ice removal. Avoid getting tickets and make sure you have a plan.

The Community Liaison's website and its links to social media have great tips and information for ALL off-campus Spartans:

Have a wonderful holiday break! Go Green! Go White!

Suchitra Webster
Community Liaison
Michigan State University



Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come out to East Lansing's Winter Glow this Saturday

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Need a little help to get in the holiday mood?

If so, check out East Lansing's "Winter Glow" this Saturday, Dec 6th, from 2-5 pm.

All kinds of fun things are in store - Live Music, Hot chocolate, ice carving, a Winter's Farmers Market, photos with Santa and even a reindeer petting zoo! This should be a fun time, a nice study break, and an opportunity to get in the holiday mood with some of your friends and neighbors. 

Click on the link above to learn more...hope to see you there!

Community Connection Spotlight: Neighborhood Clean-ups

Since most of the work that the MSU Community Liaison’s office does is behind the scenes and reacting to town-gown challenges, we figured that it would be wise to dedicate the occasional blog to shine a spotlight on some of the positive town-gown relationships that are occurring in our community and in connection with our office. Thus, this is the first of a new series of “community connection spotlight” blogs. 

For over fifteen years, East Lansing’s Community Relations Coalition (CRC) has been an invaluable partner for MSU, helping to promote positive University-Community relations in the neighborhoods that are adjacent to campus. The work of the CRC is guided by a simple, yet powerful mantra - “we live all here”. As evidenced in this slogan, the mission of the CRC is to promote diversity and harmony among the many student and permanent residents that make up East Lansing’s unique community. As an entity, the CRC is comprised of a governing board (composed of key stakeholders from MSU and the EL community), volunteers, neighborhood partners & student interns. The CRC’s work includes a variety of initiatives from hosting “Taste of East Lansing” to facilitating Neighborhood Clean-ups.

Several times each semester, the CRC hosts Neighborhood Clean-ups after specific home football games and athletic events. These clean-ups began as a strategic response to the high amounts of trash and party litter that often cover the streets after high-attendance home games. Since student-residents often play a significant role in creating party litter, the CRC believes that it is important to offer student-residents an opportunity to also play a significant role in addressing the problem, by cleaning up the party litter. Leslie Armell, CRC Intern Coordinator, summarizes the mission of these events well, “Neighborhood clean ups are an important way for students to come together with the community of East Lansing to take pride in the place where we all live”.

Over time, these neighborhood clean-ups have grown in popularity and attendance. For example, after the MSU/U-M game, over 100 people showed up to pick up party trash in East Lansing on a Sunday morning! Conscientious MSU students joined together in a volunteer patchwork of permanent residents, city staffers, and MSU employees to ensure that East Lansing continued to look like the beautiful community that it is. In recent years, MSU student organizations, including Greeks, have also played an important role in the success of these clean-ups, highlighting them as a way their members can achieve required service hours.

These Neighborhood clean-ups have become an important opportunity to show how MSU students can be an asset to our community, while also teaching them to be good neighbors and citizens through service. So, if you are looking for volunteer service opportunities for yourself, or for your student organization, please consider joining us for the next CRC Neighborhood Clean-up this spring. You can follow the CRC on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on their important work in our community. 

Sunday: Help Us Keep East Lansing Clean!

Help us keep East Lansing beautiful! Join us for  1 1/2 hours as we clean up the Bailey and Oakwood neighborhoods near the MSU campus. We'll meet at 10:30 in the parking lot behind ELPD on Linden Street then split up into groups led by CRC interns. Come join us and make a difference in your community!

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Election day is almost here! Need more info?

Spartans Vote!

Would you like one of these awareness bracelets? Need more information about polling location or ballot items/candidates?

Go to and educate yourself. This non-partisan voter education website is your one-stop shop for all things related to college student voting.

No excuses, just get out and exercise your civic rights and responsibilities. 

Remember, #spartansvote. Spread the word. 




Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party (& Discussion Guides)

Are you wanting to learn more about some of the frontrunner candidates for Michigan’s next Governor? Did you know that Synder (R) and Schauer (D) have agreed to a town hall debate at Wayne State University this coming Sunday at 6pm? 

Thankfully, the debate will be televised (on both Detroit Public Television and CSPAN) at 6pm, and YouVote has secured the Lounge area of the Student Union to host a Debate Watch Party and Discussion. We have put together a discussion toolkit to help you lead a successful political discussion with your friends and fellow students. We will be handing out these toolkits at the Union from 6pm until we run out, so stop on by.

If you can’t make it out to the watch party, or have your own watch party planned, check out this helpful YouVote Debate Discussion Guide.

Looking for a New Place to Live Next Year? Come to MSU's Housing Fair!

Are you thinking about moving off-campus next year? Need to get a good "lay of the land" to learn more about your housing options? Want to meet property managers face-to-face? Like to get free swag?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then we have just the thing for you...drumroll please....MSU's Housing Fair!

Tomorrow (Oct 9th) from 11am-4pm in the Student Union building, over 70 property managers and housing representatives from all over Greater Lansing will be there to tell you about all they offer to their tenants. 

But, wait there's more....we also have the opportunity for one lucky student student to win a great door prize: a FREE 32" Smart TV!

So, bring a friend or two and stop by to learn about all your housing options for next year. 





Its National Voter Registration Day!

#NVRM2014  #CelebrateNVRD

#NVRM2014  #CelebrateNVRD

Did you know that Tuesday, Sept 23rd is National Voter Registration Day? Did you also know that the last day to register to vote in 2014's election in Oct 6th? So, here's the really important question - have you registered to vote yet?

If not, or simply to check on the status of your registration, visit MSU's YouVote page. This MSU student-centric website is a one-stop shop, utilizing a simple turn-key approach and offering helpful resources to serve all of your voter registration needs and answer all of your 2014 election questions

It truly doesn't get any easier than this, so there is no better time or way to make sure your vote counts and your voice is heard. Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by joining your fellow college students and register to vote today!   #NVRM2014  #CelebrateNVRD

Register to Vote on Campus Today!

Reminder - Its a great day to register to vote in MI! Want an easy way to do so? Well, here ya go - The SOS Mobile Voter Registration Unit is sittin' pretty on the corner of Farm Lane and Shaw (across the street from Erickson Hall and just south of “The Rock”) between 10am-4pm today! Stop by and register, its quick as lightening and easy as pie. For more information, visit MSU's YouVote website @

Bailey Ice Cream Social - Weds, Sept 3rd

Like FREE MSU Dairy Store Ice Cream? Live in East Lansing's Bailey Neighborhood? Want to meet some of your new neighbors and city officials? Then we have the perfect event for you: tomorrow night (Weds, Sept 3rd) MSU's Community Relations Coalition is hosting an Ice Cream Social @ Bailey Park (300 Bailey St) from 6-7pm. Click on the invitation below for more information. Come on out and feel free to bring a friend or two...we hope to meet you all there!