MSU senior turns her passion into a business

Ondraé Lawson has always been interested in fashion. It was not until she went to a bible study she did not know was tailored toward entrepreneurs that she thought to turn what she was passionate about into a business. “I was always one of those girls that never wanted to get her clothes dirty and paid attention to every single detail of my outfit,” Lawson said. “The older I got the more freedom my mom allowed me to express myself through my clothes. I would draw and customize my things and dress differently.”

Lawson is the creator of Saint Ondres luxury clothing brand that specializes in men’s and women’s street wear and women’s swimwear.

Online classes allow for flexible schedules

Summer at Michigan State University doesn’t always mean it’s time for summer vacation. As degree requirements become more demanding, many students enroll in the university’s summer sessions as a way to get ahead or stay on track to graduate. Skylar Austell, a senior at MSU, is taking online courses this summer so that she can graduate in August. “Without the opportunity to take the classes, I would have had to do a whole other semester just for two classes,” she said. Both of her classes are online classes, giving her the opportunity to go home or travel for job interviews without missing school.

As MSU plans for new president, Izzone leader speaks out

Michigan State University hopes to hire a new president to help steer the school away from the Larry Nassar scandal by June 2019. Trustees Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster announced on Wednesday that the university hopes to form a 15-member search committee by August to find a new president.  The first applicants will be interviewed by November. “Our new president must have that intellect that can understand people’s feelings and internalize that and be able to show compassion,” Byrum said. This comes after criticism of interim president John Engler and several recent comments that he has made concerning the case surrounding former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.  Engler is expected to remain the interim president throughout the search but will have no involvement. Last week, leaked emails from April showed that Engler speculated that the first woman to speak out against Nassar, Rachel Dehollander, was receiving referral fees or kickbacks.

Eating healthy on campus: The ‘Freshman Fifteen’

“Eating healthy, while living on campus, can be hard, but it’s not impossible,” says Ty’Asia Peoples, a sophomore at Michigan State University. “It takes a lot of discipline, but it’s not impossible.”

The “Freshman Fifteen” is a notorious phrase among college students, especially when it is referring to dining on campus. Whether speaking to fellow college peers who are older, or reading testimonies online, you may see many stories told are young adults about their difficulties eating on campus. Students, such as Peoples, can often recall a time during the kickoff of their college experience, where they took advantage of the unlimited access of food in dining halls campuses, due to their meal plans. A common factor, in most of these stories however, is that this habit usually resulted in weight gain.

College sexual assault victims aren’t going to authorities

Due to the aftermath of the Larry Nassar scandal, the #MeToo movement has become a nationwide effort in the support of raising prevention and awareness of sexual abuse. More than 300 women came forward as victims and were awarded a $500 million settlement total. Because of this, the conversation about sexual assault, especially on college campuses, has been brought to the forefront. The founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, spoke at Michigan State University this past April as a part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. She expressed that many times girls she worked with were sexual assault victims and were not even aware.

Local entrepreneur says key to success is time management

There are 24 hours in one day. The dilemma that some people face is that they find it hard to maximize their time in that 24-hour span. For Akeem Croft, time management is a major key to having great success in life. Croft serves full time as the Brody Neighborhood Community Director at Michigan State University, the on-campus advisor for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and United Brody Black Caucus, and an instructor in the College of Education on campus. In addition to the jobs he works during the day, Croft also drives for Uber and Lyft when he is not on the clock.

Incoming students are not worried about their safety, despite MSU’s recent scandals

Within the past few months, Michigan State University has taken heat for multiple scandals that put the university’s reputation in jeopardy. Recently, three former MSU football players were sentenced to 36 months of probation exactly one year after they were charged for sexual assault from a party that took place in January 2017. The university also has been left with a $500 million settlement from the Larry Nassar scandal, with $425 million to be paid to the 332 current survivors and $75 million put away in a trust fund for any future claimants. Even with the current state of events on campus, incoming freshman Lazarie Mitchell is not worried about how these events will affect her safety as a student. “I was not aware of the scandals when I applied, and I didn’t know anything about it,” she said.

“Yes Means Yes” legislation introduced in Michigan

Recently, news headlines across the United States have been jam-packed with stories about sexual assault. The #MeToo movement has been making a large splash for several months now. The case surrounding ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar has drawn national attention as several survivors of his sexual attacks came forward. Michigan State University has found itself at the forefront of discussion concerning on-campus sexual assault during recent months. The Nassar case has caused several university leaders to step down. Several reports about student athletes sexually assaulting other students have come out, giving the university a black eye that it certainly doesn’t want. All of these reports bring up questions surrounding sex education in public schools.