What do college students with unpaid internships do for money?

Summertime poses as the perfect opportunity for students to make and earn money for the up-and-coming school year but with more and more summer internships failing to offer compensation for their time students can struggle to make ends meet. “When I first got my internship I was so excited,” said Michigan State University pre-med student Ali Beydoun, “then found out it was unpaid and I got a little worried. I want and most importantly need the experience that my internship offers but summer is the time when I usually can earn some spending money for the school year.”

Beydoun said he is trying to balance three unpaid summer internships. He has an internship at Spartan orthotics and prosthetics, works at the Outpatient Rehab for Sparrow Hospital, and is doing research at the medical school in Fee Hall. “I actually have three unpaid internships this summer,” said Beydoun.

Is free college tuition in New York State a good idea?

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For many families around the country, college tuition can be a deciding factor when choosing a college. Tuition, room and board, travel costs and other expenses can add up when going to college, especially out-of-state. Has New York State finally found the solution to the burden that is college tuition? In April 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law that made college tuition free for certain students attending public universities. The program, named the Excelsior Scholarship, does not cover room and board or other fees and only applies to public universities, such as CUNY or SUNY.

U. of Washington frats are for-rent to all in summer

SEATTLE — As the spring quarter winds down at the University of Washington in Seattle, finals are taken, last hoorahs are undergone, and goodbyes are shared. However, some people don’t feel like going home for the summer. For young women, the options include dilapidated dorms, expensive Seattle apartments … or frat houses. “I hate going home and I have a job here, but you can’t get an apartment for three months in Seattle,” explains junior Sydney Smith, a Public Health major from Reno, Nevada. “I’m actually not even in [Alpha Chi Omega] anymore, but I still like to live in.” For $475 total for the three months of summer, Smith lives with the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.

Lei Tang, a sophomore majoring in education.

Influx of Chinese students creates cultural challenges

The numbers of Chinese students, as the largest group of international students in the U.S., has increased dramatically in recent years, according to the Institute of International Education. The institute said that from 2005 to 2009 India sent the most students to the U.S. From 2010 to 2016, China became the largest source of international students in the U.S.

Ramie Taher, an American Syrian and member of the Muslim Students’ Association at Michigan State University

Trump travel ban creates uncertainty for Muslim students

When President Trump signed an executive order in January attempting to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Muslim students on college campuses — including at Michigan State University — responded with protests. Federal courts blocked the order, along with another signed in March. But Trump’s efforts have created uncertainty for some students.

Sohail Chaudhry, standing in front of a verse from the Quran in his office at The Islamic Center of East Lansing Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017.

Living in East Lansing as a Muslim

Lansing area Muslims say they’re seeing increasing hostility toward their community. Nationally, anti-Muslim assaults in 2015 reached the highest level since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. There were 91 aggravated or simple assaults motivated by anti-Muslim bias in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of FBI hate crime statistics. That was a 63 percent increase over the previous year and the highest since 93 were reported in 2001.

Chinese Hot Pot

3 countries, 3 cuisines

Spring 2017 welcomed 7,051 enrolled international students to Michigan State University. These students make up about 14 percent of the Spartan student body. Most of the university’s international students come from China, Korea, India, Canada and Saudi Arabia. With them, each student brings a piece of their culture to Greater Lansing. Ethnic restaurants spanning from Okemos to downtown Lansing play a large role in quilting the area’s cultural mosaic.