“How am I going to kill myself?” Student fights his inner demons

Business management sophomore Murphy Nye wakes up every morning and his first thought of the day is “How am I going to kill myself?”

Nye suffers from depression, which began his sophomore year of high school, due to the fact that his body can’t break down folic acid. The breaking down of this acid is crucial in developing neurotransmitters that affect your mood, Nye said. “I am basically living because I know my mom would be crushed if I ever did anything,” Nye said. “I am living because I know my best friend’s brother committed suicide and he told me ‘If you commit suicide, it’s like I am losing another brother and I don’t have any other brothers.’”

Nye said while he is living for others, he is trying to do the most good he can. On February 11, Nye’s student organization at Michigan State, Concerts For Cures, held its first event.

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“We value a lot of things over healthiness”

Caitlin Strong has worked at Mid-Michigan Family Practice in East Lansing as a medical assistant for the past six years. View the graphic below to read Strong’s take on how the healthiness of individuals is viewed in society and what this means as far as who we are.

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VIDEO: MSU Running Club members talk group exercise

For professional writing sophomore Eric Hyames, joining MSU’s Running Club was an easy decision. He saw the club’s booth at Sparticipation and signed up his freshman year. Ever since, Hyames said he uses the community atmosphere to stay motivated and to help him keep in shape. Hyames said running with the group is like all of the members are “suffering,” while “having fun” together. “A lot of what makes running difficult is the mental aspect,” Hyames said.

Sleep problems widespread among college students

For journalism freshman Kate Buyers, getting a full-night’s rest is pretty uncommon. She said as a college student she has to balance a social life with homework, among other things. Buyers said she was not surprised to learn that 46 percent of MSU students reported experiencing sleep difficulties, according to the State of Spartan Health 2016. Prioritizing things like going out with friends or studying for an exam over sleep says a lot about the college culture, Buyers said. “It shows students and people in the college age group are able to prioritize what’s important to them even if that means putting these things in front of their health,” Buyers said.