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.

Donuts on the go

On the stretch of grand river, donuts on the go. Petey’s Donuts is now opened on Albert and Division selling cinnamon sugar and plain donuts. For just a dollar, these donuts are made fresh every day and the truck is out from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.

“Wow… that’s a sugary donut right there.” said MSU student Devin Young.

Lansing’s Annual 2nd Amendment Rally

For those who may disagree about ‘open carry’ should read the second amendment of the constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (“The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 2). And “The right of the people to keep and bare arms,” is exercised annually in Lansing, at the city’s Capitol building. Wednesday, April 26 , nearly 400 activists stood strong behind the 2nd amendment by commemorating together in a peaceful protest amongst citizens and supporters. “It’s an open carry rally to educate the public on what your rights really are when it comes to fire arms,” said Sheriff Dar Leaf of Barry County. Leaf attends the rally each year because it’s important to him as a sheriff and citizen in the state of Michigan.

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.

Artists fear cuts under Trump budget

Artists, musicians, museum employees and cultural organizations nationwide became concerned when President Donald Trump’s first budget proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in his first federal budget plan.

Meridian Township gets a new biking-walking trail

A new biking and walking trail is on its way to Meridian Township. Meridian Township has received money from Ingham County for the construction of Phase 1 of the project. There is a total of three phases that will connect Michigan State University and Lake Lansing Road. Phase 1 is the installation of a trail from Hagadorn Road and Shaw Lane on MSU campus and continues on to Park Lake Road on Grand River. “The trail will run through the Red Cedar River on campus, creating a bridge on the north bank of the river and continue on to Park Lane,” said Younes Ishraidi, said chief engineer for Meridian Township.