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.
Disruptive transportation networks such as Uber and Lyft have become one of the most popular forms of transportation. They have tried to make themselves essential for getting to point A to point B. However, free from some regulations, vetting and transparency, the companies are raising questions about rider safety.
When most people think of East Lansing, they think of Michigan State University. MSU is a key part of East Lansing, but after looking past the 50,000 students that attend the college, there is a community of East Lansing residents.
Michigan State University’s international student population has started to decline. After a constant increase of students since 1950, there was a decrease of 78 students from 2014 to 2015 and a decline of 308 students from 2015 to 2016.
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.
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.
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, 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.