Feb. 13, Haslett High School on a cloudy Monday afternoon.

Student unions celebrate Black History Month

On Tuesday Feb. 7, the Meridian Township board passed a resolution in support of Black History Month. As a district, Meridian Township is very diverse and is proud of the black heritage in its community. “Our district is also frequently looking for ways to further educate students on the importance of acceptance,” said Brixie. Brixie, is the treasurer of Meridian Township.

MSU professor revives 100-year-old barley for Michigan craft beer

A Michigan State professor dug into the university’s agriculture archives to revive a 100-year-old barley seed called Spartan barley. Spartan barley was developed by Frank Spragg, a plant breeder at the Michigan Agricultural College, known today as Michigan State University. Originally developed as a Michigan-indigenous barley strain for Michigan brewers, many breweries in the state used this barley strain in the early 1900’s.  

But when prohibition was voted in, brewing halted. That is until Russell Freed, MSU’s doctor of crop science, decided to revive the strain. “I got in touch with the USDA germplasm curator for barley in Idaho, Aberdeen Idaho,” Freed said, “and he sent me five grams of Spartan barley.”

"We're now certified. Boards certified. The Electors have been elected." State Elections Director Chris Thomas answering if the 16 Trump Electors will be certified if the recount goes through.

Ingham one of few counties to complete recount

A statewide recount of Michigan’s votes in the presidential election died in the courts and was suspended or never started in most Michigan counties, but was completed in Ingham County. Overseeing operations at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, County Clerk Barb Byrum and a staff of volunteers account for almost 135,000 ballots. Byrum said, “it has been a monumental undertaking. Tables and chairs, projectors and screens being taken to the fairground, a printer this afternoon, over 300 emails for people who are interested. I currently have 50 workers and need more.”

Lines fill the stairs as students wait anxiously to cast their vote Presidential Election on Nov. 8, 2016 at the IM West Building in East Lansing, Michigan.

East Lansing voter registrations spike from 2012 to 2016

Leanne Pregizer was eligible to register to vote for the 2012 election, but chose not to because she didn’t know how to go about it. In 2016, a friend told her about Turbovote, a nonprofit website that helps people register to vote, update registration or request an absentee ballot. “The site was really easy to use, and they laid out the steps really well,” said Pregizer, Michigan State University law student . Online efforts like Turbovote, along with heavy voter registration efforts by campus groups, helped contribute to a spike in voter turnout and voter registration in East Lansing, local elections officials say. How did they do it?

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Record High of Registered Voters

East Lansing, Mich.—The 2016 presidential election turned out to be the highest volume of registered voters in the history of Michigan, causing a busy day for city officials but also an encouraging display of American pride. Many city officials were scrambling and trying to make the process smooth and easy for newly registered student voters. Marie Wicks, the City Clerk of East Lansing, described election day as “hectic and very busy”. “We had 700 student employees working around campus at the polling locations,” said Wicks. “In terms of residents hired by the city, we had 300 people working, it was doubled from last election and six training sessions as compared to two.”

Wicks was very pleased with the turnout and considered all the events that unfolded on election day to be an “experience”.

Stella Pohl runs through her backyard with her mother, Stephanie Pohl, on Oct. 5, 2016.

Splitting Time

With a rising cost of living and higher pressure to be ever-present, part-time work may be the new ideal for Michigan moms.