Lansing residents gather for the State of the City

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor delivered his first State of the City Address on Feb. 7 at Pattengill Middle School. Preceded by a reception, Mayor Schor’s address took place in front of a packed auditorium filled with Lansing employees, school board members and residents. During the speech, the mayor discussed what he’s done in his 37 days in office, including several meetings with Lansing neighborhood leaders and unveiling Cesar Chavez Avenue in Old Town. Mayor Schor also outlined future plans for local schools, neighborhoods, infrastructure and public safety.

Watch: Lou Anna K. Simon’s resignation and more

Here are today’s headlines from the Spartan Newsroom:

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon resigns after the sentencing of Larry Nassar
Professor Sue Carter resigns as chair of MSU’s Athletic Council
Oscars nominations
Dan Gilbert’s response to Amazon’s rejection of Detroit for its second headquarters.

Schools partner with Lansing Police Department for trauma relief

Lansing Public School District is in the process of implementing a program called Handle with Care to provide assistance to students of all grades who have experienced trouble with the law in the past 24 hours. “The goal ultimately is to create trauma-informed school districts, environments and communities,” said Karlin Tichenor the Executive Director for School Culture department. Tichenor said that the program will offer counseling if the student wants it and will open the door to other resources. The program is part of a growing national movement that started in West Virginia. Jackson Public Schools piloted the program in February and had a lot of success with it so far, said Tichenor

One of Jackson’s partners for their Handle with Care program is LifeWays Community Mental Health.

The war on opium in Lansing

The opioid epidemic in America is a major problem that has only gotten worse over the past several decades, affecting countless people and families. In October, President Trump officially declared opiate addiction a public health emergency. Former opiate addict Matthew Kronner said that the worst part for him was the stigma of being an addict. “When your friends and family find out it’s one of two ways,” Kronner said. “He’s a junkie, burnout and loser or let’s get him help.”

Kronner also said he believes that the stigma gave him a different perspective on drug addicts, seeing them people who lost their way rather than just losers with poor self-control.