East Lansing partners with Michigan State to recognize mental health

By Gabriella Galloway
Entirely East Lansing

A city council meeting on March 15 approved the recognition of this week as Mental Health Awareness Week with hopes to spread knowledge about the misperceptions and reality of mental health. This approved resolution originated from the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), an undergraduate student government that has recognized and promoted Mental Health Awareness Week for the past two years on campus. Bryn Williams, the vice president of governmental affairs for ASMSU, brought the idea of expanding Mental Health Awareness Week to the city of East Lansing last year with the hope that the community could join in recognizing its importance. “Every year since its inception, Mental Health Awareness Week has grown in size, scope, and efficacy, through involving a large number of campus groups, local businesses, and other such partners,” said Williams.

There are events throughout the week that are being put on by various organizations that can be found here. MSU’s Greek Life is a proud sponsor of MHAW and participates and hosts some of the events that go on.

Still in high school, but earning college credits at Haslett High

By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”

There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.

Greek community tries to take the scare out of Halloween

By Jess Todd
Entirely East Lansing

Halloween brings trick-or-treating, costumes and fun to East Lansing every year. But, the issue of safety is always at stake on this festive night with so many children roaming the streets. The Michigan State University Greek community has taken matters into its own hands by hosting its annual event “Safe Halloween.” The event gives a new meaning to trick-or-treating and is a way for the fraternities and sororities of MSU to give back to the community in which they live. “With Safe Halloween, we give residents a Halloween-themed block party while also donating to local charities,” said Kit Kuhne, director of Safe Halloween. “We can have these amazing impacts on the world around us by banding together and working towards a common goal,” Kuhne said.

Chinese students run business in Meridian Township and Lansing area

By Bingqing Mao
The Meridian Times

Charles Liu:
Michigan State University
International Student Center Advisor

The increasing numbers of Michigan State University students coming from other countries, especially China, are not only stimulating the local economy, they are starting businesses here. Meridian TownshipTreasurer Julie Brixie said, “MSU students starting their businesses in Meridian Township is terrific! We love having the influence of students with their youth, vitality and energy on the business scene in the township. “Attracting young people to our community helps us remain sustainable. In today’s global economy, youth matters tremendously.

Mason Public Schools announce artistic endeavors

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Mason High School fosters artistic development between students on abstract platforms, Mason City Council member Marlon Brown said. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the first production at Mason High School since “All in the Timing” in November. Scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed in the Mason High School Auditorium. “Individuality and talent at Mason High School is encouraged through events and students participation,” Mason Middle School choir teachers said. Mason High School announces the Indoles 12 Talent Show to be held in late March.

Essay contest gives back to Mason Public Schools

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Winners of the Mason College Club’s eighth grade essay contest will be announced at the March 9 sesquicentennial celebration. City Councilman Marlon Brown said he would present winners with a certificate bearing the city’s sesquicentennial seal. The essay contest, held for Mason Middle School eighth graders, was hosted by Mason College Club and Scott Shattuck, eighth grade history teacher. Students were asked to write a two-page prompt regarding the history of Mason streets named after families. The club choose three winners and one honorable mention from more than 8 submissions.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” filming in East Lansing

By Jessica Steeley
Entirely East Lansing

For a few days during the week of Oct. 13, 2014, super heroes distracted Spartans on Michigan State University’s campus. A scene from one of the new DC superhero movies, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, id bring shot at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. “I think it’s awesome, because we haven’t really experienced anything like this in East Lansing,” said Jeff Jodway who, like many other MSU students, was a curious onlooker at the film site. “We get to interact with it rather than just see it on the big screen,” he said, while viewing the set in front of the student services building.