Bhima is a Gir Ox from India. Photo taken by Jacob Vogel on Dec. 8, 2018.

SASHA Farm offers home for rescued animals

One of the major reasons behind the veganism movement is the treatment of animals. Some animals raised for food are viewed as products to the farmers they are under, and many are in situations where they are poorly cared for and sometimes left to die. The Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals Farm, otherwise known as SASHA Farm, is where some of these animals end up when being rescued from those situations. SASHA Farm’s website says the farm shelters close to 200 animals, but animal caretaker Brece Clark said it “might be pushing 400 now” after recent additions. When the farm first opened, Clark said, there were only a handful of goats, which has since expanded to a variety of  animals coming from different places.

Detroit Vegan Soul is an all plant-based restaurant located in Detroit.

Michigan turning over new leaf for veganism

Veganism has been gaining popularity across the nation as well as the globe, and Michigan folk have been adapting to it. According to The Vegan Society, veganism is defined as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”  

For some people, the transition to a plant-based diet is easy, such as the experience for cardiologist Joel Kahn, who has been eating a plant-based diet for over 40 years. “It was a coincidence of walking into the University of Michigan dormitory cafeteria and revolting at all the grey food, and I started only eating from the salad bar,” said Kahn. For others, the transition to an all plant-based diet took more time, as it did for Tom Progar, president of VegMichigan. “I was pizza and burgers and everything growing up and then I kind of made this change and had to re-learn how to eat,” said Progar.

What you need to know to register to vote by the Oct. 9 deadline

As described by East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster, the voter registration process is simple and quick. People looking to register to vote will need to either fill out a registration form or mail the form in to be processed, which in that case the form can be accessed online. Registration forms can be found or mailed to any local or county clerk’s office, or any secretary of state office locations. In Ingham County, there are are multiple locations  to register. This list includes three Secretary of State office locations, the Lansing City Clerk’s office, and the two Ingham County Clerk’s locations.

Why one young adult is on “strike” from voting

Growing up in the South, 23-year-old Doug Dufrin developed a skepticism to the government that has sustained itself over time. “I can remember when I was still down South and they took the Pledge of Allegiance out of schools,” said Dufrin, an East Lansing stock trader who was born in Alabama and has lived in New Orleans and California. “ I stopped caring what the government was doing in a sense because they are going to do whatever they want anyway.”

That skepticism has held Dufrin back from registering to vote. He questions the power his individual vote holds on results. “I really don’t know if [voting] really does anything,” Dufrin said.

Ingham County increases police presence in schools in wake of shootings elsewhere

School shootings have continued in the country, and there has been regular discussion and policies put into action to prevent further tragedies. In a report posted by the FBI, it was found that between 2000 and 2016 there were 220 active shooter situations in the US. Among those 220 situations, the second highest location was at educational institutions at 21.8 percent. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth addressed the situation of school safety in response to the discussion, by increasing the police presence at the 19 school buildings within the county. The increased presence is a preventive measure to reducing violent acts in schools.

Roadkill apparent on Ingham County roadsides

Streets in Ingham County are seeing plentiful amounts of roadkill throughout. Some residents are tired of having to deal with the lifeless animals. “One, I don’t like it, because if I’m walking down any of those streets, using the park facility or whatever, you can smell the dead animals and I have a weak stomach,” said Ingham County resident Quantez Bell. Bell has noticed a high volume of road kill and has himself almost run into deer, possums, and raccoons. He mentioned that one of the highly affected areas he has noticed is by the library in Okemos, and all along Okemos Road.

Violent crime in Ingham County still prevalent

Violent crime totals have remained consistent in Ingham County, fluctuating higher and lower since 1998. According to a crime analysis report conducted by the Criminal Justice Information center, Ingham County was number seven on highest reported violent crime rates in Michigan compared to all 83 counties. “When we talk about violent crime, you’re often talking about persons who do it over and over again, so it’s not like it’s a bunch of different people who are committing violent crime,” said Dr. David Carter, a criminal justice professor at Michigan State University. Violent crime is defined by the FBI as “aggressive acts causing serious harm to an individuals and include aggravated assault, rape, robbery and homicide,” according to an Ingham County Health Department document. Since 1998, the totals have risen in violent crime offenses within the county to 2014, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics.

Harsh potholes continue to give residents of Ingham County problems

Austin Faulds was driving through Ingham County recently, where he saw the front tires of two different cars completely fly off. The reason for these motorists misfortune? The result of hitting a pothole. Faulds is a manager and delivery driver at Pita Pit in East Lansing, and is among several Ingham County residents who are tired of dealing with the poor road conditions. Jabreel Naser, an employee of a gas station in Ingham County, has encountered several instances where people have voiced their irritation with the roads.

Reactions to controversial freedom of speech discussion on campuses

Freedom of speech is one aspect of the First Amendment that frequently plays itself into controversy within the country. There has been a longstanding debate on what constitutes as fair or unfair in several different cases regarding the issue. A specific forum that has been targeted are college campuses. Response to prior events on college campuses have brought forth questions on whether or not a college can be regarded as a completely public forum. Technically, a public school is considered to be a public forum, but it does hold its limitations in some cases.

Ingham remains one of the most diverse counties in Michigan

Over the course of 16 years, many things tend to change. Ingham County has felt some of those changes, but fortunately for the county, its strong diversity within the state has stayed consistent. “The diversity is crazy, theres kids that are from India, China, Korea, Africa, Mexico, everywhere and that is one of the best parts … learning so much about different cultures,” said Nathan Bigham, an Ingham County resident who grew up in Lansing. As of 2016, the census shows in Ingham County whites make up 76.4 percent of the population.