After four years of planning and construction, the new newsroom in the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences celebrated its grand opening. On November 8, 2016 over 300 students gathered in the newsroom for Mi First Election student election coverage. MSU faculty and professors assisted students in delivering a newscast that aired live, online and on WKAR.
A 2012 Pew Research Center study states that politically, millennials tend to be more liberal and the Silent Generation tends to be more conservative. Millennials are people between the ages of 18 and 35 and the Silent Generation are people 85 and older. We often hear the political opinions of younger generations, but what about America’s oldest old? I sat down with Judy and Nick Devine, a married couple from Farmington Hills, Michigan who are part of America’s oldest generation – the Silent Generation.
Young people can make up a large percentage of votes in the presidential election, but they aren’t. Campaigns that rely on millennial votes usually fail, according to an MSU political science professor. Take Bernie Sanders for example. He appealed to the millennial generation with his college debt reduction plan, but fell out of the race. The Washington Post says it is because young people do not show up to the polls.
For township residents Donna Rose and Karla Hudson, public transportation is not an alternative, it is the only option. They call it their lifeline and it prompted them to move to Meridian. Rose and Hudson are sisters who are both congenitally blind. In 2000, Meridian residents approved a .2-mill tax for a curb-to-curb cab service called Redi-Ride. For the past 15 years Redi-Ride has provided transportation to primarily seniors, disabled residents and schoolchildren.
The closed fire station and bank building on the corner of Okemos and Hamilton Road won’t sit empty for long thanks to local business owner and developer Kris Elliottt of Evergreen Companies. Elliott plans to redevelop the intersection by renovating the former bank building, MARC, into a restaurant and demolishing the old Meridian Township fire station and library building. “We thought we would try to have some transformation and some synergy down there,” said Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie. “Having a popular restaurant would be something that drives a lot of people to an area and helps an area turn around really quick,” she said. Phase one of the project is the renovation of the restaurant and the demolition of the fire station.
Meridian Township citizens petitioned the Board of Trustees to make railroad quiet zones in the township to eliminate train horn sounds at night. “When I moved here eight years ago my grandchildren called my home Opa’s dream house,” said resident M.J. Aronoff. Opa is the Dutch word for grandfather. “It is kind of ironic because since I’ve moved here, I haven’t been able to dream because I have consistently interrupted sleep,” Aronoff said. Citizen Peter Holz petitioned for the first quiet zone to run from Hagadorn Road through Green Road in Meridian.
Proposals for CATA’s Redi-Ride service could increase taxes for Meridian Township citizens. Former Meridian Township Treasurer Tom Klunzinger said when Redi-Ride was voted into effect in 2000, the board proposed for a .2-mill tax to provide the service on a trial basis. Redi-Ride is a curb-to-curb bus service for citizens to any destination within Meridian, according to Township Manager Frank Walsh. “We have had some concerns raised about the service,” said Walsh, “So we are holding a community meeting to listen and engage the community in what issues have arisen.” The meeting was held on Oct. 27 at the Meridian Township Hall.
Meridian Township Board Clerk Brett Dreyfus received a petition from Meridian citizens who want quiet zones for the two local railroads. The petition was signed by 25 citizens. “The issue has enough momentum that I would like to see this issue placed on the next board meeting on the Nov. 3 agenda, simply for discussion,” Dreyfus said. Dreyfus said there are concerns with the length and times of the train’s horn, and that he will review railroad regulations before the next meeting.
Google Classroom is becoming a popular learning tool for Haslett Public Schools with growing numbers of teachers and administration using it as a classroom management system. Faculty members, teachers and students presented Google Classroom at the Oct. 12 Haslett district school board meeting. “This is an English teacher’s dream in terms of collaboration with the teacher and student, and getting feedback on (the student’s) written work in a timely fashion,” said Erin Parr, Haslett High School English teacher. On Google Classroom, students can submit essays or homework assignments to a folder and the teacher can immediately give feedback online.