MSU senior turns her passion into a business

Ondraé Lawson has always been interested in fashion. It was not until she went to a bible study she did not know was tailored toward entrepreneurs that she thought to turn what she was passionate about into a business. “I was always one of those girls that never wanted to get her clothes dirty and paid attention to every single detail of my outfit,” Lawson said. “The older I got the more freedom my mom allowed me to express myself through my clothes. I would draw and customize my things and dress differently.”

Lawson is the creator of Saint Ondres luxury clothing brand that specializes in men’s and women’s street wear and women’s swimwear.

Sparty Island looks to become a staple in East Lansing

MSU junior Richard Allen III has begun his own business, Sparty Island, that specializes in Coney Island style food. There had been a demand for an authentic coney style restaurant in East Lansing due to there being a large demographic of students from the Metro Detroit area where Coney Islands are popular. Allen has just begun his journey and allowed us to speak about the business on opening day of Sparty Island.

Misconceptions of Multilingualism

In this video, I wanted to discuss the misconceptions of being multilingual. Although learning a new language for everyone isn’t the same, it is something that is definitely obtainable. Many people believe that it is just too hard to fluently speak more then one language, but according to my sources this is not true. There are also plenty of ways to go about learning a new language. With technology being as advanced as it is there are videos that can walk people through step by step as well as books just in case people want to learn outside of the classroom.

The benefits of summer camps for kids

School is out and the children are free, but parents still have to go to work. Keeping your kids busy doesn’t have to be stressful. Camps that offer activities like field trips, sports and art classes are a great way to keep your child occupied this summer. Becky Raden, coordinator at Pinckney Pirate Camp, says that getting your child involved in a summer camp can be a great opportunity for them. “Our goal is that the kids stay active, are having fun and are well supervised because this is their summer vacation,” Raden said.

Who’s teaching our kids about Independence Day?

Next week, the country will celebrate Independence Day. The day is usually filled with lots of red, white and blue shirts, small waving flags and spectacular fireworks, but is the meaning of the day still known and appreciated? A study by the American National Election Studies showed that the level of patriotism in the United States has in fact gone down, most commonly in millennials. Some believe this trend is because of social institutions, however, others believe the decline in American patriotism is because of our education system. Debbie Loukotka, an elementary school teacher who is known for taking her American pride seriously, says that teaching patriotism is more by choice.

Opioid epidemic: Understanding addiction

In 2015, at the age of 16, a woman who uses the alias, Jillian Wahla, tried her first opioid. Less than one year later, Wahla found herself homeless, malnourished and addicted to the drug. “I got a few Vicodins after I had my wisdom teeth removed,” Wahla said. “It was the best my body had ever felt. I knew almost instantly I wanted to feel like that all the time.”
Wahla’s quest for opioids began as soon as her Vicodin prescription ran out. She was searching for relief regarding her undiagnosed cases of gastritis and fibromyalgia – a disorder that renders its afflicted with widespread psychosomatic body pains.

Kai Selwa works in the MSU Formula Racing Shop on March 27, 2018.

Women in the skilled trades face obstacles

The number of women in the skilled trades has been slowly rising. The traditionally male-dominated field has seen increased interest from women. Both Grand Rapids Community College and Macomb Community College have programs for the skilled trades that have seen rising numbers of women. According to Scott Mattson, program manager of job training and construction trades, there has been a large jump in the last five years. Macomb’s student population for skilled trades now is 15 percent female.

Women in local government break up the boys’ club

Local government is vital to an area’s survival and prosperity. Government can still be a “boys’ club,” but women are gaining more positions of power and trying to improve their communities. Despite the progress, inequality and sexism remain. Patricia Spitzley, at-large councilmember in the Lansing City Council, went into government work because she likes being able to see her work help her community. “My philosophy is don’t complain, get involved,” Spitzley said.

Artists gather for Grand Haven’s 57th art festival

Grand Haven hosted its 57th art festival this past weekend. This festival brings in nearly 100 artists and puts their work on display for viewers to either browse through or purchase. The event was held on Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven. All kinds of art were on display, from photography to pottery to jewelry. “The goal of the Grand Haven Art Festival is to provide the visitors of West Michigan area with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist,” festival director Mary Sherman said.

Supreme Court upholds travel ban and it’s affecting Michigan residents

On Tuesday, June 26, the Supreme Court approved President Donald Trump’s travel ban which, to varying degrees, restricts entry into the U.S. from the countries of Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, the president does not support a ban on all Muslims, as was stated December 2015. He only wishes to uphold “a minimal standard and allow our government to feel confident that we know who these individuals coming into our country are.” Several Americans are not pleased with the travel ban. Organizations such as MoveOn.org are planning protests and rallies to fight back and “increase pressure for justice.”

The protests are also in response to the Trump administration’s ongoing prosecution of adults who are illegally crossing the U.S. border and whose children have been detained separately.