MI Fight Against Crime

East Lansing, Mich—Recently, East Lansing and Lansing residents have fallen victim to a string of burglaries that appear to be related in the month of November. This is occurring despite the fact that burglaries for the state of Michigan are at an all-time low. Longtime Lansing resident Daniel Turney is one of the victims of burglary over the past month. Turney lives in a house just off Lincoln Ave. in downtown Lansing.

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Record High of Registered Voters

East Lansing, Mich.—The 2016 presidential election turned out to be the highest volume of registered voters in the history of Michigan, causing a busy day for city officials but also an encouraging display of American pride. Many city officials were scrambling and trying to make the process smooth and easy for newly registered student voters. Marie Wicks, the City Clerk of East Lansing, described election day as “hectic and very busy”. “We had 700 student employees working around campus at the polling locations,” said Wicks. “In terms of residents hired by the city, we had 300 people working, it was doubled from last election and six training sessions as compared to two.”

Wicks was very pleased with the turnout and considered all the events that unfolded on election day to be an “experience”.

State representatives shift focus to job growth

East Lansing, Mich.— Many candidates running for the state Legislature this election hope to shift policies toward job growth and college attainment in an effort to improve the local and regional economy. Michigan ranks No. 30 in best states for business and No. 43 for growth prospects according to Forbes, which is a 12 spot leap from last year’s rank in best states for business. Casey O’Neill, the Republican candidate for 76th District State Representative, has a campaign platform centered on job creation and job growth.

Sanders Visits East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – On Thursday, Oct. 6, Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally to generate support for Hillary Clinton at Michigan State University. Clinton is the Democratic Party’s nominee in the upcoming presidential election. Sanders sought to persuade millennial voters who supported him in the primary election that Clinton shares his political views.

Junior education major Emily Crawford at the MSU library showing off her completed Registration Form

Registering to vote made easy

Some students might have heard intimidating horror stories about the registration process, but in the digital age, there are plenty of online resources that can make participating in the political process easy. For Michigan State University junior and undergraduate education major Emily Crawford, it’s a matter of finding time to register, but for others, it’s a piece of cake and “would be an even bigger waste of time not to vote.” Crawford has just recently registered at the Secretary of State office in Lansing, Mich. “I found it very easy, and everyone there was so helpful,” said Crawford, laughing. “I was nervous at first because I thought they would ask me a bunch of questions about my citizenship and what not, but all they really wanted to do was offer help and ease the already easy process.”

Hospitality business major and junior at MSU, CeCe O’Reily thinks it’s very important to vote and be proactive because “we determine who takes office.”

“There are many resources around campus about how to actively get registered and vote, It’s just a matter of whether you’re willing and able to go about that process,” said O’Reily. “I found out how to vote through MSU’s online resources which were also really helpful.”

There are plenty of ways to actively seek out assistance with voting and MSU’s voting initiative really helped O’Reily out with the registration process.

Ian Fredrick on his way back home from MKE 375

To vote or not to vote

 

East Lansing, Mich.– For Ian Fredrick, a senior marketing major at MSU, the upcoming November election will be one of the most historic events. The senior enrolled at MSU in 2013. Since then he has never made an attempt to register because he “hasn’t found the time” to register for the elections. “I’m not that familiar with how the registration process in Michigan works,” said Fredrick. “On a scale of one to five, I’d say I’m a three, so not an expert but I’m sure I can find out a way to better understand the process.”

Fredrick has never found the time to vote, but feels no pressure in getting registered and has a little animosity built up for the two candidates running for election.