New tax system affects tax preparers

In January of 2018, the Trump administration new tax system went into affect. It changed the amount of taxes people pay throughout the year by changing the tax bracket people fall into. With taxes due April 15th here in Michigan, tax preparer Milton Price, owner of MJP Tax Services, has a lot of returns to finish up. And he’s not too fond of the new tax system. “A lot more paperwork… I’m going through more paper than I did before,” he said.

Sexual misconduct survey hopes to understand campus culture

With hopes to better the future of the university when it comes to sexual misconduct, the Michigan State community is being called upon for help. On Tuesday, a survey was released to students, faculty and staff called “Know More @ MSU.” It’s mission is to get a better understanding of how the community feels about the campus culture and universities sexual misconduct policies. The MSU Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup created the optional, confidential survey after different groups wanted more information on where things stand on campus. The seven part survey asks participants to answer “yes” or “no,” how aware they are of programs and if they agree or disagree on topics from relationship violence to how they feel being at MSU to their opinion on university leaders.

In modern America, women still aren’t required to register for the draft

Since 1940, men have been required to register in the selective service. For women, it’s different. Back in 2016, the Senate approved a bill that would require women to register for the draft if they turned 18 on or after January 1st, 2018. The final version of that bill, signed by President Obama, did not include that amendment. Captain Stephen Yaffe is the executive officer at the Lansing Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and said women play an important role in the military.

MSU College of Education remains best in the nation

In a new report from the U.S. News and World Report magazine, five Michigan State University graduates programs placed top in the nation. The College of Education is holding onto their title for its 25 consecutive year in elementary and secondary education. “We think very carefully about the facility that we hire and then we provide support for them while they’re here so that they do terrific work and same thing for the graduate students that we recruit,” Robert Floden, the College of Education dean, said. The other programs ranking number one were supply chain management, rehabilitation processing, and curriculum and instruction programs.

 

Small town man, big time award

Growing up in Potterville, Michigan, 26-year-old Sam Davis had big dreams.

After graduating from Potterville High School in 2011 and then going to Grand Valley State University for a year, Davis headed west where he attended University of Southern California. Not long after graduation, Davis and his girlfriend, Rayka Zehtabchi, got involved with a project of students making difference in Hapur, India. That project led to a film focusing on women in India making and selling sanitary products to fight the stigma menstruation has in India. That film, led to an Oscar. “And the Oscar goes to ‘Period.

Million-dollar biodome growing on campus

Right next to Shaw Hall sits an empty field, but a group of students are trying to change that. The Student Greenhouse Project has plans to construct an 150-foot biodome that would fill the space. “We’ve designed it to be site independent, so we can build it anywhere,” Jacob Bruner, the groups president, said. The biodome would have plants from every continent inside, but it wouldn’t be just plants. There would be WiFi, conference and study rooms, a performance area with hillside seating, waterfalls, animals…

MSU experiences its second week of crimes

UPDATE- It’s not too often the MSU community gets crime notifications… but the past two weeks have been different. On Saturday, February 16th, a student reporter their backpack was taken from the East Mcdonnel Hall dorm room, including their laptop, when no one was there. Police said the student later found his missing belongings. On the 19th, a burglary occurred in the Human Ecology building.

Lansing gets first logo, parking app

Lansing is getting a makeover. In his recent State of the City address, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor revealed a new city logo and an upgrade coming to the parking system. The logo, designed by Lansing-based Redhead Design Studio, shows an “L” that mimics the three iconic smokestacks in REO Town that help make up the Lansing skyline. Pop-up shops have appeared around the city selling merchandise with the new logo. “We’ll do more pop-up shops, hopefully an online shop sometime.

One year after the Nassar case, she’s become a hero

It’s been a year since Judge Rosemarie Aquilina put Larry Nassar behind bars for life. Today, she calls herself an “accidental hero.” From being on the Today show to standing the survivors at the ESPYs, Judge Aquilina has become an advocate, which has made her a lot busier. “I get asked to do motivational speaking,” she said. Not only has she broadened her possibilities to make change, but, emotionally, she’s a bigger person.

University enrollment drops in Michigan for seventh year

The number of college-age students in the country is low, which is affecting enrollment at public universities, including here in Michigan. In fact, enrollment in Michigan public universities decreased for the seventh consecutive year. From 2017 to 2018, only seven of the 15 public universities in the state saw an increase in their freshman enrollment count. “2018 to 2028 the state is projecting about a 16,000 student loss and they’re kind of that high school age population,” John Ambrose, Michigan State University admissions interim director, said. According to the fall 2018 enrollment report, MSU saw an increase of about 300 students, but undergraduate applications dropped by over 3,000.