He moved to the U.S. for a better life; his parents never got the chance to follow

97-year-old Polish immigrant Irving Griffel came to the United States at 18,  leaving his family and the old country for a better life. But when WWII broke out, his family never got the chance to follow. It was 1938. Irving Griffel was just 18 when he arrived in the United States. It had been a long journey from his native Poland to the new land that started years prior.

MSU Research Center opening doors to discovery

It’s a dream that has been five years in the making – the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center is finally open for business.

Thirty-three research teams will move into the 162,800 square foot space this fall to research neurological disorders, cancers, women’s health issues and more. The six story building has room to grow and will eventually accommodate 44 teams.

Trump deportation policy hits close to home

MSU freshman Pamela Quintana descibes her mother as hardworking, kind and community-oriented. “Everyone who knows her loves her,” said Quintana. “She’s known throughout the community…she’s a very hands-on mom, always taking care of her kids.” Every day, she wakes up at 5 a.m. She cleans as many as five homes a day to make ends meet. And she tries to return home at 5 p.m to see the kids she works hard to support.

Grand River pizza joints compete for slice of the action

There are more than ten pizza places between Harrison road and Hagadorn, and two more have joined Grand River. Pizza, meet fire. Blaze Pizza and Lotsa Pizza have opened their doors on Grand River. Both offer make-your-own, fire-scorched pies. “We pride ourselves in having a pizza dough to done in under five minutes,” said Lotsa manager Greg Hunt.

State grant helps university fight sexual assault

A new grant from Governor Synder will help Michigan State combat sexual assault.

The 38-thousand dollar aid will go towards the MSU Bystander Network, a group that empowers people to take action if they see signs of sexual assault.

The network is working on an educational seminar for upperclassmen that they want to implement by the Fall 2017 semester. The class will build on the sexual assault workshops mandatory for incoming freshman. “It’s taking it a step further and building on that education,” says Leah Short, MSU Bystander Network project coordinator. When it comes to recognizing assault, Sergeant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department says that it’s important to trust your gut. “A lot of times, [people] may not recognize it for what it is, but they know they have a bad feeling about it,” said Munford.

Michigan State addresses Immigration Ban

By Chloe Kiple

Michigan State hosted an informational meeting days after President Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven countries. While many came with questions, university officials could only offer a little more than support. “We can’t change anything about the executive order,” said one speaker. “We are committed to supporting you.”

MSU faculty from the Office of International Students and Scholars addressed a jam-packed lecture hall in the international center. Lawyer Marie LaComb flipped through a powerpoint detailing the specifics of the ban.

Michigan educators react to DeVos nomination

DeVos Place hosted the Michigan Music Conference, an annual event bringing together the state’s music educators – many of whom have not rallied behind new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who’s namesake adorns the venue. The Michigan billionaire was confirmed in the Senate in a 51-50 decision, the win decided by a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos advocates for school-choice and using vouchers to pay for private schools. But her opponents dislike her lack of education experience. “You have to be working with the kids day by day to understand what it is we do,” said Farmington High School choir director, Angel Gippert.

In college town, senior population growing

By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING—In a city of nearly 48,000 residents, whose median age is just 21, there are also nearly 5,000 seniors 65 years and older. And the older demographic is growing rapidly, presenting the college-town with new challenges. “Between 1990 and 2010, the East Lansing population of 50-plus [year-olds] increased by 40-percent,” said Prime Time senior center program planner Lisa Richey. “The number of adults aged 65 and older is expected to double within the next 25 years, so we have that to look forward to.”

For this reason, new senior facilities and programs have been cropping up in East Lansing and nationwide. Recently, the City Council voted to turn the old Bailey Community Center into a new senior living home.