Black Lives Matter activist Jalen Ewing of Olivet College in Michigan.

5 years into #BlackLivesMatter, advocates say challenges remain

It’s already been five years since the death of Trayvon Martin, whose killing helped ignite the Black Lives Matter movement. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black male from Sanford, Florida, was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge. What started as a hashtag has drawn national and worldwide attention to African-American rights. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, general awareness of Black Lives Matter is common among black and white U.S. adults, but attitudes about the movement vary greatly.

Sexual assault student town hall

Aaron Stephens, junior, organized a sexual assault student town hall to address perceptions.

“To make sure that the people making the decisions especially at this university are in touch with what is actually happening on campus,” Stephens said.

Although, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said the university is making strides when dealing with sexual assault. In a detailed email, she quoted a survey by the Association of American Universities saying Michigan State, along with other universities, is making significant improvements and devoting substantial resources for a safe campus.

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Grand River pizza joints compete for slice of the action

There are more than ten pizza places between Harrison road and Hagadorn, and two more have joined Grand River. Pizza, meet fire. Blaze Pizza and Lotsa Pizza have opened their doors on Grand River. Both offer make-your-own, fire-scorched pies. “We pride ourselves in having a pizza dough to done in under five minutes,” said Lotsa manager Greg Hunt.

Students Cope with Depression

Nye feels that there is hope for his life while dealing with depression.

“It’s like I’m excited because yeah I might be miserable now and I’ve been miserable for probably 5 years of my life and had one good month but that one month is enough for me to see okay this isn’t permanent.”

Aspiring Barbers

East Lansing – The City of spartans are filled with growing entrepreneurs such as Demario Bell and Andre Mosley. One being a MSU alum and the other graduating in May, these two men turned a hobby into a business for minority students who needed a barber away from home. The lack of minority barbers in the area make is difficult for different ethnicity groups to get a hair cut. “That’s one of the biggest obstacles they face as a black man coming to a predominantly white neighborhood or area, finding a barber,” Bell said.