As the holiday season rolls around, many parents and grandparents are heading to toy stores to fill those spots under the tree. One toy that seems to always find a place on Christmas lists is Barbie. “It’s year after year. It just continues to be an item,” said Michelle Flemington, store manager of Toys “R” Us in Okemos, Mich. “It’s been around for generations.”
Often credited as being the ultimate stage for fashion, New York Fashion Week has also been widely criticized for its lack of diversity. This year, NYFW made great strides in fixing that misconception. During last season’s NYFW, the Fashion Spot reported that only 31.5 percent of models making runway appearances were non-white, and only nine shows included plus-size models. However, New York Fashion Week fall 2017 was also the first time there has been at least one model of color in every show. This season has continued on that path.
In late February 2016, the Academy Awards nominations for the following year were released. While the actors and filmmakers who were nominated celebrated their triumph, others were outraged—for the second year in a row the twenty actors and actresses nominated for the top four categories were white. This notion led to the #OscarsSoWhite movement that arguably made more noise than the Oscars themselves. A conversation that was already present now was going to heard by everyone. Several actors included Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith boycotted the award show and others included George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and President Barack Obama showed their support for the call to create a more inclusive and representative environment.
In retail, window displays are one of those most prominent identifiers for a store. They show what’s in stock, they show the theme of the store, and they are the store’s first chance to grab a shopper’s attention. “If I see a shirt that I like [in a window display], I’ll be like ‘oh, that’s cute’ and it will give me ideas for outfits of my own,” said shopper Nicole Shriner. Manager of H&M in the Meridian Mall of Okemos, Michigan, Jessica Armor says every store has a different approach to their marketing displays. She says some stores can change their displays up to every two months, but at H&M, they change it every two weeks.
When it comes to athletes, a lot goes into how they keep their performances levels high. One of those ways is through their nutrition. I spoke with Kate Davis, a registered dietician in Lansing, Michigan, on just how important it is to keep those things in mind for an athlete, as well as anyone trying to stay healthy. Davis graduated from Michigan State University with a master of science degree in human nutrition, with an emphasis in exercise physiology. She is a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietician Registry and has consulted teams such as the USA women’s hockey team, Grand Valley State University Athletics, and the Gatorade GFEAT Employee Wellness Program.
From millennials to the oldest old, there is a wide range of voters for this year’s upcoming election. I decided to take a look at the perspective from the oldest generation. So I sat down with my grandparents, Joe and Carol Schuld, to discuss the issues their generation is focused on, and how the elections have changed over the years. Q-Can you tell me about your first election process and what it was like for you the first time you were able to vote. C-Oh yes, we had the voting machines and you went in and you pulled the lever and that closed the curtain behind you and then you had to pull little levers down for the names that you wanted.
OKEMOS — Two weeks ago, Meridian Township welcomed a new organic food market. On April 13, Whole Foods Market opened its doors for the first time, making it the first Lansing-area Whole Foods, and their seventh Michigan store. With the growing criticism of processed foods, organic food markets are well on their way to becoming a main-stay trend. “[Organic food shopping] definitely will become a lot more popular, it’s a lot healthier,” Barb Vuillemot, a shopper at Foods for Living in Meridian Township, said. “Right now, it’s still not mainstream, so it makes it harder for people to find.
By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
In 2016, Meridian Township has several infrastructure projects planned, including road construction, sanitary sewer projects and drain maintenance. Working in tandem with the Ingham County Road Department, and the Ingham County Drain Commissioner, the Public Works Department is trying to improve failing infrastructure with the limited resources it has. Since Meridian Township is a township, it is not responsible for the operations and maintenance of their road and drain system. The government works with the Ingham County Road Department and the Ingham County Drain Commissioner when projects become too big for the township to handle. However, the township is often the first place residents call to get their issues fixed, Chief Engineer Younes Ishraidi said.