Hundreds of teal flags along Grand River to honor survivors

Hundreds of teal prayer flags will soon fly high over Grand River Avenue in a project to honor sexual abuse survivors. Exactly 505 flags, one for every known survivor of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, will line the street throughout April, which is sexual assault awareness month. Each one has a survivor’s name embroidered on it. Students and community members detailed the flags with messages of support. More than 4,000 people have helped personalize the flags.

Students, citizens brave single digits to march for women

“Hey hey, ho ho, gender bias has got to go!” chanted a crowd of more than 100 protestors at the January 20 Lansing Women’s March. The protestors met at the MSU Union on January 20 and braved single-digit temperatures. Flanked by Michigan State University Police, the protestors marched from the Union to the Hannah Administration Building. Demonstrators were marching in support of many causes, among them women’s reproductive rights, workplace equality and equal pay, advocacy for victims of sexual assault and LGBTQ+ rights. They were also marching to protest President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and the proposed border wall.

In today’s world, student safety is a top priority for East Lansing schools

When it comes to school safety, parent Kath Edsall rarely speaks to her children about the issue. Edsall currently has five children enrolled in East Lansing Public Schools, with three more already graduated, she leaves the responsibility of educating her kids about safety up to the schools they attend. “I don’t want to panic my children, you know I’m not going to have them paranoid and scared to death about every little boogeyman,” Edsall said. “I’m not going to panic them about weapons in school, the school is doing what they need to do at this point in time and I hope for a day when we don’t have to have lockdown drills,” Edsall said. “I think (the schools are) doing everything that we need to do right now, you know my kids say they’re practicing,” Edsall said.