A new way to experience art: Sense of self


The art event “Sense of Self” is about accessible art and disability studies, and was held at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. This art event unites MSU students’ literature and art class works, focusing on art accessibility across the visual disability spectrum. Visitors are encouraged to use all different senses to enjoy and interact with the artworks.  



Peiyu Chen, Artist

“This project was created by many different materials including fabric, wood and canvas.  I want to show a story about a person who realized that he was losing all his memories and wanted to catch those pieces by his hand.

Sarah Shore, comparative culture and politics sophomore at MSU and member of Spartan Body Pride, participates in the activity designed for the organization meeting on October 25th, 2017.

MSU organizations strive to promote body positivity

Two student organizations at Michigan State University are striving to promote body positivity on campus. Kaitlyn Pscodna, vice president of media for MSU CHAARG, said CHAARG is a growing women’s health and wellness group on campus that promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle for college-aged women. “We currently have 300 members, which is crazy awesome because last semester we only had 95,” Pscodna said. CHAARG gathers members together by meeting every Wednesday to do a different workout each week, and instructor from the Lansing community who owns their own business conducts the class. Aside from workouts, Pscodna said CHAARG has helped a lot of girls, including herself, feel better about themselves through knowing they are not alone when feeling insecure about their physical appearance.

Stack pulls up her Instagram profile, which has grown to over 1,200 followers.

Photo manipulation apps leading to unrealistic expectations

The use of photo manipulation applications is causing some social media consumers to compare themselves to unrealistic images. Apps such as Perfect365 and Facetune include features and tools that manipulate aspects of the face and body. Yoni Sudry, a customer service specialist at Facetune, said when the Facetune app was created, the goal was to create a powerful portrait editing tool with unique features available on a mobile device. “Some of our most popular features according to customers are smooth skin, whiten teeth, ability to change backdrops,” Sudry said. Sudry said the popular app opened in 2013, and the second version of the app, Facetune 2, was released in 2016.

Q&A with Annette Annette Marchewka: Instagram influencer and fashion writer

With no limitations to what one can write as a caption on Instagram or blog on a website, a choice comes into play. As people create their photos and write their captions, they have to decide if they are going to create a positivity-driven post or a post where feelings could get hurt and self-images damaged. This is a task that Annette Marchewka, Arizona State University communications student, Instagram influencer and College Fashionista style blogger, has mastered. Given the choice to be a positive influence or a negative one in social media, she chooses positivity every time through uplifting captions and meaningful photos on her social media accounts. I was able to ask her a series of questions regarding this topic.

The positive effect of following uplifting influencers on social media

Do you feel confident and happy after scrolling through your social media feeds? If the answer is no, you may just be following the wrong individuals on social media. According to an informal, non-scientific survey by Spartan Newsroom, 78 out of 84 individuals agreed they feel happier and have more self confidence when they follow bloggers who promote positivity. Kennedy Frazer, blogger and junior marketing major at Western Michigan University, said bloggers can have a positive influence on their followers’ body image by promoting the idea of positivity and confidence. “My blog from the beginning was focused on girl power and supporting one another,” said Frazer.

Best dressed: Taking cues from Internet celebrities

Scrolling through Instagram and seeing various models or celebrities dressed to the T can have an affect on how some girls view themselves and the way they dress. Camry Hardy, a senior studying biology at Xavier University of Louisiana, shares her experience through a brief Q&A. Starria: Where did you get your outfit in the picture from? Camry: Fashion Nova, it’s an online fashion store. Starria: How long have you been shopping there?

Beauty and fashion “rules”: More hurtful than helpful?

What happens when we apply a rule to one’s personal appearance? Since the start of the beauty and fashion industry, there have always been several “rules” put into fruition. Such rules tell consumers what lipstick shades they shouldn’t wear due to their skin tone, what eyeshadow looks best with their given eye color, and even the idea that certain dress colors don’t match their skin tone best. With this concept often being driven into many individual’s minds on a daily basis, the effect on one’s body image could be very possible. Annie Giupponi, a self-esteem and eating disorder therapist at Rooted Counseling in East Lansing, Michigan, said that there is potential for shame any time an individual feels that they must do one thing or another.

New York Fashion Week trying to be more diverse

Often credited as being the ultimate stage for fashion, New York Fashion Week has also been widely criticized for its lack of diversity. This year, NYFW made great strides in fixing that misconception. During last season’s NYFW, the Fashion Spot reported that only 31.5 percent of models making runway appearances were non-white, and only nine shows included plus-size models. However, New York Fashion Week fall 2017 was also the first time there has been at least one model of color in every show. This season has continued on that path.

Beauty for your beauty

How many times have you walked into a beauty store and couldn’t find the perfect fit of makeup made uniquely for you? Beauty exclusivity in the cosmetic industry is an issue that many customers see regularly. Heba Barakat, a beauty influencer of five years from East Lansing, feels that there is a need for brands to be expansive in their selection to support positive self expression. “Being able to find what you need in beauty allows individuals to express themselves and maybe be even more comfortable,” said Barakat. Barakat said that although beauty comes from within, customers should be able to shop any beauty brand regardless of one’s skin type or tone.