Jacob Herbert is a journalism major with a concentration in sports reporting at Michigan State University. He has strong experience as an editor and multimedia journalist. One day he hopes to cover the NHL for a major news organization.
At the start of the presidential election cycle, members of the Michigan State Univeristy College Republicans got together for a meeting like they do every Tuesday night. They discussed who they would like to see as the party’s presidential nominee. That day, support fell to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Of course, they didn’t get who they wanted. But in the process of getting elected the 45th president of the United States, Republican Donald Trump brought new energy into the campus group.
Spartan Newsroom spoke with Bryn Williams when working on a story about how voter registration in East Lansing had doubled from 2012 to 2016. During the discussion, he talked a lot about the struggle that he getting students registered to vote and how we can overcome them. Efforts by the East Lansing City Clerk and campus student groups helped lead to a three fold increase in new voter registrations from 2012 to 2016, according to the clerk’s office. So how did they do it? Spartan Newsroom asked Williams, former community liaison at the Associated Students of Michigan State University, MSU’s undergraduate student government.
Leanne Pregizer was eligible to register to vote for the 2012 election, but chose not to because she didn’t know how to go about it. In 2016, a friend told her about Turbovote, a nonprofit website that helps people register to vote, update registration or request an absentee ballot. “The site was really easy to use, and they laid out the steps really well,” said Pregizer, Michigan State University law student . Online efforts like Turbovote, along with heavy voter registration efforts by campus groups, helped contribute to a spike in voter turnout and voter registration in East Lansing, local elections officials say. How did they do it?
The Spartan Newsroom sat down with Michigan State University football player Gabe Sherrod shortly after he had sent a series of tweets supporting national protests against police brutality of African-Americans. The defensive end’s statements came the day after Tulsa police released video of a white female police officer fatally shooting Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black man who was not armed. That weekend, at the Wisconsin game, Sherrod was among several football players who raised a fist in protest during the national anthem.
What started as a kneel during the national anthem by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the United States has since inspired athletes across the country to join the movement.
This includes student-athletes at Michigan State University.
Tuesday’s election brought together nearly 300 student journalists in a new broadcasting studio and newsroom in the heart of the Communication Arts & Sciences Building. The new Spartan Newsroom started as a vision of Michigan State University School of Journalism professor Troy Hale.
If participating in a life-changing event like the presidential elections isn’t enough motivation for you, there are plenty of other benefits to showing up at the polls Tuesday. A number of stores are offering free products and discounts if you show up with your “I voted” sticker. Other business and organizations are offering discounts in honor of Election Day, regardless of whether you’ve voted. The Capital Area Transportation Authority is offering free rides to voters headed to the polls. A valid voter registration card should be presented upon boarding.
When Michigan voters head to the voting booths today, Proposal One will be a one of the top issues being voted on. For years, Michigan drivers have had to deal with pothole after infuriating pothole out on the roads. Many are wondering when this issue will finally be solved. Proposal One would raise the Michigan State tax from 6 to 7 percent, in part to pay for road work. That one percent raise will go towards repairing Clinton County as well as all Michigan roads.
Signing day: we’ve heard it before. Thousands of high school athletes around the nation sign a letter of intent fulfilling their dream of playing at the university of their choice. The Michigan State men’s tennis team recently signed its newest recruit. His name is Thomas Argersinger. He is from DeWitt and he’s just 6 years old.
It wouldn’t be Michigan if not for the potholes. Recently, potholes have been popping up all around Clinton County and are causing drivers a lot of grief. The Clinton County Road Commission has been working hard to find a quick fix to the problem and it’s called cold patching. According to quikrete.com, cold patching is an environmentally friendly product specially formulated with a high percentage of graded recycled asphalt pavement and special binding agent used to fill holes over 25.4 millimeters wide. A quick fix isn’t good enough for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has worked hard at passing Proposal One.