Muslim Student Association hosts Islam Awareness Week

In the wake of escalating tension and prejudice throughout the country, MSU’s Muslim Student Association hosted an Islam Awareness Week to promote understanding of the religion to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Anti-Muslim assaults and hate crimes have reached peak levels, exceeding 2001’s rate, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. The FBI reported 127 assaults in 2016 as compared to 93 during the year of 9/11. Across the board, vandalism and intimidation against Muslims is also increasing. Islam Awareness Week spanned six days in early October and featured presentations from an imam, seminars about different branches of Muslims worldwide, and a talk on ISIS and how it perverts the Quran.

Mindfulness – “Mind the Hype”

Mindfulness: A cure-all

If you Google “mindfulness” you’ll find the ancient Buddhist practice has been prescribed for stress,  concentration, introverts who want to be more social and academic performance, among other things. Barnes and Noble has an inventory of over 2,000 mindfulness books while the Apple app store carries a myriad of mindfulness options for meditation on-the-go. Devotees swear by its life-changing potential, and its even being employed in schools and work places. The principle has become increasingly trendy in recent years, as shown by an increasing interest in mindfulness products, yoga and Google searches. Mind the Hype

A new study appropriately titled “Mind the Hype” argues it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Jesus wears blue jeans and other stories of near-death experiences

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take

You could say Cynthia Lawson has nine lives. She clinically died from the deadliest kind of heart attack but was resuscitated to tell the tale – recounting details about what exactly happened in the emergency room in the moments that her heart stopped beating. “[The Doctor] looked at me and he said it’s a miracle that you’re here,” Lawson said. She shocked doctors with a play-by-play account of the chaos. And while they were reviving her lifeless body, Cynthia said, she was sucked into a dark tunnel where she was joined by angels, who shared a message.

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.