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.

Students at MSU have found they key to affordable housing

Michigan State University students are spreading their wings and leaving their nest from apartments within walking distance to campus to apartments that may require more effort to getting to campus. Apartments further away to campus are cheaper than apartments that are in walking distance. Unless students are willing to pay over $1,000 a month in rent for a one bedroom, they must prepare themselves to live with at least three to four different roommates in one apartment. The Hannah Lofts apartments on 2929 Hannah Blvd. in East Lansing is one of the few ideal apartments where students would like to live because of its location and nearby transportation services.

East Lansing police investigate car break-ins

More than 20 car break-ins have been reported in East Lansing since January, many of them in student housing areas, according to East Lansing police records. 
“Over the last month, we’ve experienced a little bit of an increase in larceny from automobiles,” said Lt. Chad Connelly from the East Lansing Police Department.  
The majority of these cases have two common dominators, Lt. Connelly said. One of them is that almost all of the vehicles were left unsecured or unlocked, and the most stolen items are electronic devices like laptops, iPads and iPhones. “At this time, we don’t know, there are a couple of potential people of interest, right now we don’t have firm suspects,” Connelly said. Connelly also offered some advice for student car-owners.

“Starting a business is hard,” say young Chinese entrepreneurs in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Michigan – 2017 had been a busy year for Shangdong Li, a Chinese student who just graduated from MSU’s hospitality business school. After a year-long preparation, his Cajun style seafood restaurant, Crab Hero, finally opened in November. It all started when one of his friends recommended The Angry Crab, a chain restaurant that features Cajun-style seafood in Chicago. “It was delicious, and they had many customers,” Li recalled. “Then I traveled to Las Vegas, New York and Orlando.

Major apartment complex planned for Grand River Avenue near Cedar Village

EAST LANSING, Michigan – The city is welcoming a new development project that will house students for fall 2019. The Hub of East Lansing will be located at 1000 East Grand River Ave. at Bogue Street. Chicago-based Core Spaces LLC is developing the new apartments, which will make Michigan State a more walkable campus by adding student living spaces close to many academic buildings. “I’m really excited about the new apartments coming to that area of campus,” said City Council member Aaron Stephens, an MSU pre-law senior elected last November.