Despite making up more than half the human population, women are underrepresented in the gaming industry, and as a result, the medium reflects a straight, white male-dominated culture. The Electronic Software Association (ESA) collects data from dozens of game developers and publishers. In its 2016 report, the ESA found that 59 percent of gamers are men while 41 percent are women Despite these numbers, women are consistently underrepresented in games with a narrative focus. In 2015, there wasn’t a single female lead in the top 20 best-selling games, according to an original analysis of the games’ content. Meanwhile, 13 of the top 20 games featured male leads, with the rest being games where players can pick their gender.
When Donald Trump was projected winner of Michigan in the 2016 presidential election, it was the first time a Republican presidential candidate won the state since 1988. Ingham County, one of just eight Michigan counties that voted for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, favored her with a clear majority of 60.2 percent compared to Trump’s 32.8 percent. East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks was expecting her city and county to support Clinton. “Nothing about our results is surprising, but I was surprised by Michigan’s results,” Wicks said.
Demitria Powell, a senior majoring in human development and family studies at Michigan State University, knows the Electoral College has power. Unfortunately, she doesn’t quite know how much. “I think the Electoral College has the last say-so; however, I don’t think their say-so trumps everyone else’s,” Powell said. “They have to take into consideration the people’s view of who they want in power… On a smaller scale, states only think about themselves, but the Electoral College is more global when it comes to political power. That’s what I think they do.”
Powell, like many Americans, doesn’t quite have the full story on how the Electoral College works.
With just over a month until voters head to the polls, some are tired of unregistered Americans not taking this year’s presidential election seriously. Mason Sitar, a chemical engineer at Michigan State University, said he understands some Millennials feeling disenchanted about the political process but said registering and voting is more important now than any other time. “The new policies that are going to be influenced heavily by our next president are going to affect us young people more than any other voting group,” said Sitar. “This is simply because we are going to have a longer time to live with those policies. This is why it is so important to have our voices heard.”
Although she called Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton “very flawed,” Lauren Scott, a 22-year-old MSU communications grad, said she’s trying to convince her “Bernie or bust” friends to vote on Nov.
With less than two months until the election, one Michigan State University student says he plans to vote, but a lack of pressure and motivation have stopped him from going through the registration process. Blake Isaacs, a 21-year-old James Madison College senior majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy from Farmington Hills, Mich., says he’ll probably register to vote in the coming weeks. “Getting off the couch to ensure I’m registered is something I plan on doing,” said Isaacs. “But still, in reality, if I don’t vote, it isn’t going to make a difference. Now, if everyone has that mindset, that’s a problem.”
Working his way through school by maintaining Newby Teas of London’s online store and MSU Hillel, Isaacs says time and motivation are what have stopped him from ever registering.
It’s rare to see a candidate spend $50,000 for a City Council election. It’s even more rare to see one do that and lose. In many ways, this fall’s council election was anything but ordinary. East Lansing Councilwoman Ruth Beier said she could not remember an election like it. “This election was very unusual,” said Beier.
“Fufu the Lawyer Wizard Dog” and “Adventures of the Tree Climbing Ghost Superhero” are just two of the stories director Danny Kim brought to life in his documentary “The Stories They Tell” when it screened opening night of the East Lansing Film Festival. Kim, a 25-year film industry veteran, set out to capture power of imagination between two generations. With the help of his partner, professor Siu-Lan Tan of Kalamazoo College, Kim documented college students and young children working together to write stories in her child development course. The college students would partner with children based on similar interests. Then, the children would tell stories to Tan’s students who would transcribe and help flesh out each idea.
Story by Jessie Martens
Photos and editing by Zach Robertson
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Three new council members were elected Tuesday, unseating mayor Nathan Triplett. The winners were Mark Meadows, Shanna Draheim and Erik Altmann. Meadows led with 2,821 votes, followed by Draheim with 2,239 and Altmann with 2,212. Triplett had 1,955. It was clear from first precinct results that Jermaine Ruffin and Steve Ross would not be able to stay competitive with the rest of the candidates.
East Lansing may develop a new park, thanks to a city oversight. As the Bailey Community Center transitions to a privately run senior living home, the city must make a new recreational area to satisfy Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. In 1990, the city of East Lansing accepted a “Protecting Michigan’s Future” bond fund from DNR. The grant gave the city $69,000 to restore damaged windows in part of Bailey Community Center. As part of the agreement, East Lansing promised to keep the Bailey Community Center in permanent recreational use for the public.
Some of East Lansing’s eldest gathered at Hannah Community Center to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, “The Birds.” Movie screenings are one of 225 activities hosted by the Prime Time Seniors Program year round. Prime Time Director Kelly Arndt said films are just one way to keep seniors involved. “I think part of movie viewings is social,” said Arndt. “Sitting at home watching something doesn’t have any interaction, but coming here and watching a movie with friends and discussing it after is something special.”
Over the past six years, Len Peterson has worked with Prime Time to select each film. Screenings are posted in the Prime Time newsletter.