March 20 will mark the first day of spring, and you’ve probably already heard your friends utter the classic warmer-weather cliché: it’s time for spring cleaning. Some people interpret this in the literal sense. These are the people who will ransack their apartments armed with elbow-high rubber gloves and all-purpose spray. Others will scrub away bad habits and subpar friends in an effort to remove the toxins from their minds that, along with their puffy jackets, weighed them down during the winter season. And though it may be oversaid, ing Magazine encourages you to embrace both of these methods because having a fresh, clean take on the world is a healthy way to move forward this spring.
March seems to embody the ever-changing “green” spirit that lingers on MSU’s campus no matter the weather. Students emerge from their hibernations clad in kelly green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the return of the warm sun on their backs as they walk to class. The dynamic energy at MSU intensifies and inspires students to pursue social change. As we navigate a divisive atmosphere stretching over the country, social change feels more important than ever.
Since the name ing Magazine itself denotes continuous action, we decided to refresh our content with topics that we hope motivate you to take part in the excitement. In the spirit of going green for March, we’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly brands, interviewed Spartans who live sustainable lifestyles and talked to the lead researcher on the MSU solar panel project. If you close this magazine and don’t have a fresh perspective on a range of relevant topics, we will definitely be surprised.
However, ing Magazine is proud of its diverse audience, which is why this issue encompasses the countless cultures that MSU has helped cultivate. We tackle sports (hello, March Madness), run into Playmakers and showcase art, but more importantly, we discover the many backgrounds of MSU students that we are excited to celebrate. Our cover story delves into the Holi Festival, a Hindu celebration of colors and love.
In this issue, you’ll also find fresh, locally grown food, new inventive recipes and relaxing ideas for your necessary participation in Sleep Awareness Month.
With that, let us leave you with a couple more clichés: it’s easy to let the frigid winter months leave you down in the dumps, but ing Magazine hopes that our March issue helps you spring into action with a fresh perspective, on and off campus.
Danielle Schwartz is a junior studying English and professional writing. When she’s not writing or taking pictures of her dog, you can usually find her eating a veggie burger or drinking English Breakfast tea. See her dog pics on Instagram at @danielleeilleen.