Katie is a journalist interested in arts and culture. She has worked for The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion brand, the director of women's fashion for VIM Magazine and a reporter/anchor for Focal Point News.
EAST LANSING, Michigan — For years, men and women have struggled with the idea of finding the right shade of beauty for their skin and having it fit to their complexion and skin type.
There has always been a debate between drugstore makeup companies like Maybelline and Covergirl compared to high-brand cosmetic companies like Urban Decay and Rihanna’s new line “Fenty Beauty.”
Christopher George, who works at Sephora in Lansing and is responsible for matching customers to the right type of makeup for their skin type, said, “Many people have said that the difference between drugstore and Sephora is the quality. Though that may be true, it’s probably just based on their skin type.”
Skin type is different for every person. One can be oily and one can be dry. No one has the same skin type — just like no one has the same skin color.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s sad how Michigan State knew about the sexual misconduct of Larry Nassar but didn’t do anything, said David Mittleman, attorney who represents 37 victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison, three counts of 20 years each, for child pornography. He has seven counts against him and is waiting for trail to hear his sentencing for the other counts that he has not been charged for. Nassar sexually assaulted and abused members of the Michigan State University gymnastics team and members of the USA Olympic gymnastics team.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — During Halloween in 2016, Sharon Thomas, a human biology major at University of Michigan, was walking through the neighborhood of Cedar Village around 8 p.m. when a man called her from across the street. “He said, ‘Hey, baby, you look fine,’ then he ran over to me from across the road,” said Thomas. “I didn’t really register what he was doing at the moment.”
Thomas said the man ran up to her and grabbed her waist while complimenting her. She pushed him away physically, but she couldn’t get him out of her mind.
Since students couldn’t make it to shop on Grand River for Black Friday, the city of East Lansing created “Green Friday,” the Spartan equivalent of Black Friday. The event is two days and takes place the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Stores along Grand River and Albert offer sales up to 25 percent off and gifts and games to bring in customers. Friday consists of 20 stores offering discounts and sales. Saturday offers pictures with Santa, Ice Sculptors and games for kids and families. The downtown area of East Lansing has been struggling with customers coming into the smaller stores like Curious Book Shop, Clever Clover, Threads of East Lansing and Mackeral Sky. Since Target is being constructed between M.A.C and Abbott, small businesses are suffering and are afraid they might lose their business. The manager of Curious Book Shop, Mark Wojik said that his business has been slowing down for years. “It’s hard to get people to come into a store like this when they have Target and Urban Outfitters,” he said.
After The New York Times published a stunning article saying Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually abusing various Hollywood actresses and models throughout his career, the discussion of sexual assault has surfaced to the front page news. The article stated that Weinstein, popular for movies like Django Unchained and Gangs of New York reached many settlements with women who accused him of sexual abuse. Actress Ashley Judd came out criticizing the producer saying he sexually assaulted her when she was a young, eager actress trying to break into the business. Judd is not the only actress that has come forward. Since then, actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and 54 others have come forward with stories about Weinstein’s abuse. Alyssa Milano, popular for her role on King of Queens and Saved By The Bell posted on Twitter “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Every year, influenza becomes a large illness that overtakes many people’s health. According the the American Hospital Association, on average, 25 million people get infected with influenza every year. Five to 50,000 people die every year from this illness. The best way to prevent this: getting your flu shot. Every year, the flu changes and so does the vaccination. The AHA says it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to work in your body. Getting it done early is recommended. The University Physician on campus offers free flu clinics for faculty and staff. The first one was located in the MSU Main Library. Kate Comby is a retired librarian from MSU and she still drives to campus to get her flu shot every year. “It’s been a routine for me for years,” said Comby. She’s been getting her flu shot every year since she was in college. She worked at MSU and came into contact with the illness because she was surrounded by students who were sick.
Map of different art locations around downtown East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The art scene in East Lansing is a creative and eclectic culture that could exist only in a college town. With many different features, such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the East Lansing Art Festival, and the up-and-coming cultural mosaic, the amount of public art leaves East Lansing with a unique presence. World-renowned architect, and winner of the architect’s Pritzaker-Prize, Zaha Hadid designed the Broad Art Museum which opened in 2012. The stainless steel structure and uncommon architecture brings artists from all around the world to feature their art.
EAST LANSING – Members of the East Lansing School Board discussed re-establishing a liaison role with parent councils at their March 28 meeting. For several years in the past, a liaison would be a member of the school board who would attend specific parent council meetings and would give information to and from the School Board.
Currently, board members do not fulfull this role. The board agreed to disband liaisons beginning this school year because of the time commitment, with the board members attending every School Board meeting on Mondays as well as attending the parent council meetings on their own time. “I think part of the reasoning behind not having liaisons was because of the time commitment board members were making to committees and their liaison appointments,” said board member Kate Powers.
EAST LANSING – Pablo Majano, planning and zoning community development analyst, requested approval to have the ability to apply for a building permit for Michigan State University Federal Credit Union’s headquarters and other zoning districts to build solar panels on carports at the Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday.
There are no permits in play but this approval would allow business districts and community retail districts to request building permits for solar panel construction, according to Majano. At the planning commission meeting, Majano said this ordinance is based off another ordinance that allows for solar energy systems to be built carports with appropriate permits
Majano said Ordinance 1357 has been an existing regulation on alternative energy generation systems since 2011. “There are no current proposals for a carport energy system,” said Majano. “Staff of the planning and zoning committee anticipates a future use of carport energy systems in the two different districts.”
Located on a zoning map of East Lansing, the districts requesting the building permits are located in the northern tier of East Lansing.