It’s been just about a year since we were riveted to our televisions as hundreds of survivors told their story of sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar. Now, Michigan State is making sure that something like that never happens again. President, Lou Anna K. Simon, stepped down in January, and the university felt pressure to change how sexual assault is handled. Look now, and you’ll find people working hard to fix the problems. Debra Martinez is one of those people. “I really enjoy making a change,” Martinez said.
It’s football season in East Lansing, and before the game is the tailgate. Students may remember the rules of the game, but they could forget the rules that keep them out of trouble with the law. The captain of Michigan State’s Police Department has some tips to keep you safe and within the law in the pre-game festivities. “Some of the things that happens, people make poor choices. Some of the choices could be ‘minor in possession’, some of those choices could be urinating in public as well as litter and things like that,” said Captain Doug Monette.
It is a pure coincidence for science. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle just two days after the United Nations released a hefty document on climate change. The United Nations warning that temperatures can not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next decade. “The climate’s not changing because the Planets evolving, the climate is changing because humans are messing with it,” said natural hazards professor, Robert Drost. “We have become so integrated, so powerful, so influential that we are changing the natural course of our planet,” said Drost.
Election Day is right around the corner– Tuesday, November 6th to be exact. Some are calling this the most important midterm election in decades, but do young people understand the magnitude? Will the young voters head to the polls? The Democrats are hoping to flip the House. The Republicans currently hold the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Williamston’s Darrel Ezmerlian spends his days on School Street working on the new Harold Larson Food Bank for his community. The construction process will soon wrap up, all the major elements taken care of since the project broke ground last October
Within the confines of the dusty concrete floors and the freshly painted walls, Ezmerlian calls himself, “a laborer, an overseer” on the food bank project, which was started by his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Tracie Baise. The Baise’s bought the land where the food bank is being built. Ezmerlian’s been working to see that every detail– from the white painted window sills to the positioning of the shelves– is completed properly. “We’re putting in the freezers and refrigerators right now, and they’re ginormous,” Ezermlian said. “The next step will be moving in shelving, and then the food.
Despite rising tensions around a re-vote of Williamston school board over a trans-inclusive bathroom rule, the Monday Oct. 1 meeting was business as usual. The board focused on working to get a passenger van, approve the construction of a wrestling wall and review the goals of the board and its respective progress. The passenger van has been a pet project of Williamston’s athletic director, Tom Hampton, who gave the presentation to the board for why it would be an effective cost saving utility for the district. The use of a smaller school vehicle, Hampton argued, would save the district in his estimates around $2000 per year by not needing to rent a costlier bus when only a smaller vehicle is needed.
At the Oct. 8 Williamston City Council meeting, the cost of keeping the city running safely and efficiently was the focus of the evening. The theme of the night was the costs of replacements. The first item on the agenda for approval was a new 2018 Factor 2100i Frontliner chassis for a street-cleaning Vactor truck with the price of $390,981.86. Vactor trucks are used for sewage and excavation but also helps clear out clogs in sewers which can damage homes and back up into basements.
As government access television, HOMTV since its inception has provided content to the community. Through the broadcasts of government meetings and coverage of community events the station has provided information to the public. However, HOMTV now needs help from the community as it launched its sponsorship program. “We are launching, a soft launch if you will program sponsorship opportunities, so organizations, community members, businesses they can sponsor a HOMTV program to continue programming…” said Brandie Yates, HOMTV executive producer. Haslett, Meridian and Okemos television or as its better known by, HOMTV launched the program due to a loss of cable funding.
This week on the Spartan News Update: Marijuana is now legal in Canada. A Columbus trooper was shot and killed. A dramatic failure of a Russian rocket ejects American astronaut. Update on the MLB Championship Series. Big Bird puppeteer retires.
Mid-term elections historically have lower voter turnout than presidential election years but, this November 6th is expected to be different. Polls show this upcoming election is expected to have one of the highest voter turnout from young adults in decades. Meridian Township clerk, Brett Dreyfus, says one of the reasons is the candidates they were left to vote for in the November 2016 election. “Young people felt disenfranchised,” Dreyfus said. “Whether other people agree with that or not, young people were very dissatisfied with the choices presented to them during the November 2016 election.”
Clerk Dreyfus thinks social media also plays a part.