Veganism has been gaining popularity across the nation as well as the globe, and Michigan folk have been adapting to it. According to The Vegan Society, veganism is defined as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”
For some people, the transition to a plant-based diet is easy, such as the experience for cardiologist Joel Kahn, who has been eating a plant-based diet for over 40 years. “It was a coincidence of walking into the University of Michigan dormitory cafeteria and revolting at all the grey food, and I started only eating from the salad bar,” said Kahn. For others, the transition to an all plant-based diet took more time, as it did for Tom Progar, president of VegMichigan. “I was pizza and burgers and everything growing up and then I kind of made this change and had to re-learn how to eat,” said Progar.
The 2016 presidential election was a polarizing time for the country, and Michigan was no exception. Donald Trump won Michigan by 0.3 percent, taking the presidency with him by a margin of fewer than 10,000 votes, according to the New York Times. In contrast, Barack Obama won Michigan by 9.5 percent in 2012, netting roughly 450,000 more votes than his runner-up. MLive attributes this swing, at least partially, to voter turnout: More people voted in terms of raw numbers, but fewer voters turned out in traditionally Democratic counties. While partisan shifts are apparent in results, changing participation among Michigan’s voter demographics could provide more insight into the state’s level of civic participation and how it ranks alongside the Midwest and the rest of the country.
People may not think of East Lansing as an epicenter for health and wellness, but there are more resources than one may think. If one wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle it is up to them to do so. Community experts suggest the resources are there – people just have to go out and find them and take advantage of them themselves. According to a study done by Sparrow Hospital, Ingham County, home to East Lansing, located in Ingham County, offers reasonable food sources. In a study focusing on the amount of available healthy food compared to unhealthy food, Ingham County rated a 6.1, meaning that there are more healthy options than unhealthy options.
In the fall of 2018, Bird and Lime scooters mysteriously appeared on Michigan State University’s campus and in East Lansing. “I think they were dropped by UFO and one morning they were just there,” East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said. “I don’t remember the exact date but in the fall they dropped them off in the city and on campus.” Where did they come from? Bird Scooters were dropped off by Bird Rides Inc., which is an electric-scooter sharing service which allows residents with an alternative mode of transportation.
When voters approved Proposal 1 on Nov. 6, they made Michigan the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana. The proposal, which officially went into effect on Dec. 6, allows individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess, grow and use marijuana recreationally. The proposal also imposes a 10-ounce limit at residences, and permits a retail sales tax of 10 percent to marijuana products dedicated to the implementation costs of schools, roads, clinical trials and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
Political discussion is not exclusive to adults, and young people are proving that online. From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and more, young people have access to many outlets where they can discuss politics. Of course, conflict can arise when opposite views clash, but the concept of young people participating in politics is crucial. Kjerstin Thorson, associate professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University, said some platforms make it easier to talk about politics. “For example, Facebook and Twitter, you share links (and) most of what you share with other people can be seen,” Thorson said.
On this episode of Focal Point News, Alaska was hit with a massive earthquake that created a tsunami scare. Plus, former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon was arraigned in court for lying to police about the Nassar scandal. Also, Interim President John Engler has appointed a new police chief who will become the first women to hold the position. In sports, the MSU soccer team is hosting an Elite 8 match this weekend and the men’s basketball team took a loss earlier in the week to Louisville. All those stories and more on Focal Point News.
On this special edition of Focal Point News, we find out what cool things Spartans are doing. From creating new popular foods to being invited to New York Fashion Week, Focal Point looks at what current and past students are up to. We talk to MSU’s biggest fan and how the unbreakable bond with her father keeps her coming to campus. All those stories and more on this week’s episode.
Proposal 1, the potential legalization of marijuana in the state of Michigan, was one of the larger discussion items on the agenda for the Oct. 22 Williamston City Council meeting. Voters have the opportunity to legalize the recreational possession, production and use of marijuana to those who are 21 and older. This includes infused edibles. The legal limit would permit users to grow up to 12 plants, have 10 ounces kept at home and have 2.5 ounces on their person.