- Sofas and couches are considered roadside artwork and/or a front porch decoration.
- Mascot(s) seem to appear from out of nowhere at every venue.
- Beer consumption exceeds water consumption.
- The drinking age is only a guideline.
- The first really warm day of spring is a de facto national holiday (at least for most men).
- There are lots of student planning projects gathering dust on the shelves in the local library and town hall.
- Some in town frown on the gowns
- Lee Corso dons a goofy hat or football helmet just before noon, on a fall Saturday, to the collective cheers or jeers of the local gridiron faithful.
- Student housing is sadly considered a dirty word among some.
- Traffic accidents spike the first few weeks of the fall semester.
- Beer pong is the official sport, while football is simply entertainment.
- Not a single road on campus is spared from construction during the summer months.
- Free wi-fi is virtually everywhere.
- Parking tickets per capita exceed the national debt.
- Pajamas are a fashion statement 24/7.
- Successfully completing NIMBY 101 is a requirement of permanent residency.
- More than half of the population scatters to the wind in the summer.
- Transit ridership is much higher than the national average (a really good thing).
- You hear more languages being spoken than at the United Nations (a good thing).
- The schools are expected to be excellent (a good thing).
- Your kids have the benefit of learning about other cultures first hand (a really good thing).
- There are ample opportunities to experience the arts, events, and cultural activities more often found in much larger communities (a very good thing).
- Pizza is considered a well-rounded diet.
- Some sinister mastermind(s) of traffic congestion decides to the hold the local high school homecoming the same weekend as the local college homecoming – yes that has happened here in East Lansing!
- Everyone is on double-secret probation!
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