“If you wanna know me, ask!” Chinese student organization deals with cultural stereotypes

On April 7, Humans of East Lansing, a Chinese student-run media platform that explores stories in the community, hosted an event titled “If you wanna know me, ask!” at the East Lansing Public Library. The purpose of this event was to break barriers and misunderstandings between community groups. The event divided people into four roundtables and invited people from various cultural backgrounds to talk to each other.  



“Just don’t be afraid to learn about other people and ask about what other people are interested in.

Lansing becomes fourth Michigan area to offer Uber Eats delivery service

LANSING – Uber has taken its freelance-driver service a step further by helping hungry customers receive food from over 50 area restaurants. Customers can now use the same Uber account they use to hail rides to customize food delivery and track their orders. Uber Eats in Lansing is offering delivery to neighborhoods including East Lansing, Waverly, Southside, MSU and Okemos.  

The app is free to download and is user-friendly just like the ride portion of Uber’s business. Customers pick a participating restaurant, choose their meal, type in the delivery address, pay with a card on file, and receive their meal within the time provided.

Reclaim MSU seeks to amplify community voices amid Nassar scandal

Reclaim MSU is an advocacy group of students, faculty, staff and members of the community founded to address issues surrounding the Larry Nassar scandal. I talked with three members of Reclaim MSU to learn about their experience with group and the future of the organization. Katie Paulot is a James Madison College freshman majoring in comparative cultures and politics with dual major in anthropology in the College of Social Science. She is the secretary and social media coordinator for Reclaim MSU. Samuel Klahn is a junior at James Madison College majoring in comparative culture and politics and another major in the College of Arts and Letters.

Title IX: What you should know

In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, there is a lot attention on how MSU handles cases of sexual misconduct. Figuring out how schools address that misconduct can be difficult, as investigations are largely handled on a case-by-case basis. However, at the center of sexual misconduct claims in public schools is a law called Title IX. What is Title IX? Title IX requires federally funded schools to offer equal opportunities to men and women in all avenues, including sports, academics and research and prohibits sexual discrimination.

Student entrepreneurs showcase work at 2018 Black Business Expo

The Notorious B.I.G may have coined the phrase “Mo money mo problems,” but for these Black students, more money means more opportunity. The Michigan State University Black Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan State University NAACP and the Delta Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosted the third annual Black Business Expo. The event was March 29 in the MSU Union Ballroom in East Lansing, Michigan. The event featured over a dozen diverse vendors run by student entrepreneurs. Vendors included art, fashion, food, makeup, skincare and even a production company.

“Hookup Culture”: The good, the bad and the ugly

In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University has put together a series of events called “Teach-In/Learn -In” to open the discussion on sexual assault.

During an event in late February, students had the opportunity to highlight different aspects surrounding sexual assault they felt were the most important to them. Six students from IAH 231B, taught by professor Stephanie Amada, the author of “Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter With Choice,” opened the discussion about safety in the “hookup culture.”

Hookup culture basically accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters between individuals who are not emotionally attached or have no intention of developing a long-term committed relationship. Although the students said people have many different definitions of hookup culture, they said the main goal was to make sure people feel safe and in control in casual sexual relationships. Amada, an assistant professor of writing, rhetoric and American cultures, said people need a better understanding of consent in such encounters. “Our main aim was to talk about how the culture needs to change,” Amada said.

‘I don’t know, I read it on Facebook’: Veteran journalists encourage online media literacy

Although the phrase “fake news” was one of the biggest buzzwords of 2017, fabricated news stories are not new. The Detroit Press Club and Southfield Public Library hosted a fake news seminar on March 7 in Southfield featuring a panel of veteran journalists and media experts from diverse backgrounds. The goal of the event was to educate the public on fabricated news stories, clickbait headlines and sensational online news outlets. “Fake news is a simple oxymoron. I don’t acknowledge the term,” said Eddie Allen, a senior editor for The Hub, author of several books and writer for publications including The New York Times, The Associated Press and BET.

MSU students weigh in on Title IX concerns

MSU students have called for more education for incoming freshmen, training for faculty and staff and resources for survivors in recent forums addressing sexual assault on campus. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education attended to hear from students during the forums, held Feb. 21 and 26, in a packed ballroom at the MSU Union. James Moore, the director of the Clery Act Compliance Division at the Department of Education, said they came from Washington to hear directly from students. “We can talk to all the administrators until we’re blue in the face,” Moore said.

Michigan State University renovates MSU Bakers shop with new storefront

Michigan State’s 50-year-old educational bakery has constructed an on-campus storefront at its Service Road location to offer more services to walk-in customers. MSU Bakers has been at the 220 Service Road location, near the Surplus Store, since 2007. Its students and experienced bakers create made-from-scratch goods such as bagels, breads, cookies, doughnuts and granola served in the dining halls, Sparty’s and Sparty’s Market. The new store hours are 7 a.m to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The bakery, in addition to providing fresh treats for the MSU community, provides a learning opportunity for its student workers, said Leah Ball, communications manager for MSU Culinary Services, which runs the shop.