Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame moves to Meridian Mall in Okemos

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will be moving to Meridian Mall in Okemos. Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director at Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, said that there have been talks about moving locations in the past. “Well our board had discussed the need to move in the summer of 2015, however we wanted to make sure it was the right time and the right facility,” Dial said. The Women’s Hall of Fame needed to move for multiple reasons, but some stood out more than others. “We have a lot of reasons for moving, but mainly that in 2015 our board had decided that we have outgrown our current facility and our building isn’t wheelchair accessible,” Dial said.

Ex-MSU basketball star joins with B Strong Fitness, opens second Conquest Fitness

Conquest Fitness has expanded by recently opening their second location in DeWitt and will have a Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 3 – 4:30pm. Former MSU basketball player, Andre Hutson, started Conquest Fitness opening its first location in Bath in 2012. Later B Strong Fitness and Conquest Fitness joined together in opening their latest location in DeWitt. David Mollitor and Dr. Pat Quain were the owners of B Strong Fitness and merged with Andre Huston to open another Conquest Fitness and brought on the fourth owner, Scott Gillespie. “They’ve [Mollitor and Quain] always had this vision to add the sports performance end of it,” Michelle Mollitor said.

State grant helps university fight sexual assault

A new grant from Governor Synder will help Michigan State combat sexual assault.

The 38-thousand dollar aid will go towards the MSU Bystander Network, a group that empowers people to take action if they see signs of sexual assault.

The network is working on an educational seminar for upperclassmen that they want to implement by the Fall 2017 semester. The class will build on the sexual assault workshops mandatory for incoming freshman. “It’s taking it a step further and building on that education,” says Leah Short, MSU Bystander Network project coordinator. When it comes to recognizing assault, Sergeant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department says that it’s important to trust your gut. “A lot of times, [people] may not recognize it for what it is, but they know they have a bad feeling about it,” said Munford.

Sex Expo held by the University Activities Board

Michigan State’s University Activities Board held a Sex Expo to educate students. Caroline Poole, UAB event programmer, said that it is difficult attracting students to educational events.”We really wanted that engaging component but we also wanted it to be educational,” Alessandra Alvares-Paines, freshman, said she enjoyed the games provided by the fraternity and learned some new things. “I’ve learned phrases for things like the actual term names and I’m learning about other ways to keep safe sex,” Paines said.

Elliott Elementary School Park photo by Denise Patterson

What to do with kids after school? There aren’t many cheap options in Holt

Holt is one of the many school districts that no longer have free or affordable after-school programs. Parents that cannot afford before-and-after care are left cutting their work hours to pick up their children, leaving them home alone, or having family or friends pick them up until they are able to get off work. Unfortunately, Holt Public School District has a strict budget that does not include coverage for free after school programs at every school in the district. Parents can either switch schools or come up with a solution themselves. According to David Hornak, Holt Public Schools superintendent, “keeping in mind how the budget is set up, adding free after-school programs to each school in the district year-round is simply impossible. There has to be money to pay the staff who will lead these programs and money to feed the children who participate in the programs.”

After school programs are not meant to be “babysitters” but they were the reasons why crimes committed by young people were decreasing.