Restaurants feel loss when internationals students leave

Every summer Ginny Cheung makes the decision to close her East Lansing Chinese restaurant for a few weeks to travel. With her largely Asian college student customer base on summer break, it didn’t make financial sense to keep the doors open. But this summer, East Café located at 1001 E. Grand River Ave. didn’t close its doors. “There are still a few students staying for the summer,” she said.

English language learners find resources at East Lansing library

Rosana Souza was searching for a place to help her Brazilian sister-in-law to improve her English. Souza’s sister-in-law, Hilda Pamplona, moved here to visit and to communicate with more people. Pamplona is not alone. According to a report from DATA USA, in 2015, 8,206 (16.9%) of East Lansing citizens are non-English speakers, which is lower than the national average of 21.1%. Such a small group is not ignored by the city.

Mackerel Sky helps customers find art as unique as its name

East Lansing has a unique art gallery store that’s been around for 30 years. The Mackerel Sky is more than a catchy name, though; it’s also a long story. A mackerel sky is a cloud formation that sailors talk about. It’s well-known on the coasts, and it looks like the scales on a mackerel fish. To sailors, it means a great change in atmosphere pressure is coming, which means a big shift is coming.

Kai Selwa works in the MSU Formula Racing Shop on March 27, 2018.

Women in the skilled trades face obstacles

The number of women in the skilled trades has been slowly rising. The traditionally male-dominated field has seen increased interest from women. Both Grand Rapids Community College and Macomb Community College have programs for the skilled trades that have seen rising numbers of women. According to Scott Mattson, program manager of job training and construction trades, there has been a large jump in the last five years. Macomb’s student population for skilled trades now is 15 percent female.

Women in local government break up the boys’ club

Local government is vital to an area’s survival and prosperity. Government can still be a “boys’ club,” but women are gaining more positions of power and trying to improve their communities. Despite the progress, inequality and sexism remain. Patricia Spitzley, at-large councilmember in the Lansing City Council, went into government work because she likes being able to see her work help her community. “My philosophy is don’t complain, get involved,” Spitzley said.

Supreme Court upholds travel ban and it’s affecting Michigan residents

On Tuesday, June 26, the Supreme Court approved President Donald Trump’s travel ban which, to varying degrees, restricts entry into the U.S. from the countries of Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, the president does not support a ban on all Muslims, as was stated December 2015. He only wishes to uphold “a minimal standard and allow our government to feel confident that we know who these individuals coming into our country are.” Several Americans are not pleased with the travel ban. Organizations such as MoveOn.org are planning protests and rallies to fight back and “increase pressure for justice.”

The protests are also in response to the Trump administration’s ongoing prosecution of adults who are illegally crossing the U.S. border and whose children have been detained separately.

College sexual assault victims aren’t going to authorities

Due to the aftermath of the Larry Nassar scandal, the #MeToo movement has become a nationwide effort in the support of raising prevention and awareness of sexual abuse. More than 300 women came forward as victims and were awarded a $500 million settlement total. Because of this, the conversation about sexual assault, especially on college campuses, has been brought to the forefront. The founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, spoke at Michigan State University this past April as a part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. She expressed that many times girls she worked with were sexual assault victims and were not even aware.

Michigan’s female religious leaders overcome obstacles for their calling

Despite most religious vocations being dominated men, many Michigan women continue to step up as religious leaders. A call to a life dedicated to God transcends gender, but many religions continue to restrict positions to men only. Even when women find a denomination that allows them to go into any position, societal perceptions create barriers. Some mid-Michigan women have chosen to follow their calling despite facing obstacles. Even at a young age, Rev. Kit Carlson of the All Saints Episcopal Church, was discouraged from “getting the wrong idea” that she may be called to be a pastor.

The importance of international schools

Having diversity in directors and the staff at schools helps to guide students into a new culture and learn more about it. This helps them to become more social in the world to not being limited to just one culture. This will only definitely better a person in many different avenues and expand their social lives.