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.

Prime Time leader, Jean Brisbo, leads a session on perspective.

Prime Time members take on fitness and health

The East Lansing Hannah Community Center holds programs for all ages. One area this community center focuses on is a senior citizen’s program called “Prime Time.” The nationally accredited Prime Time Seniors’ program allows people 55 or older to participate in programs that engage them emotionally, physically and intellectually. On Friday, Feb. 17, there will be a “Smart Eating for Smart Thinking” program, held from 1-2 p.m. at the community center, led by Emily Ostrowski, a nutritionist at Sparrow Hospital. “I’m a registered dietitian, clinical registered dietitian.