EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s sad how Michigan State knew about the sexual misconduct of Larry Nassar but didn’t do anything, said David Mittleman, attorney who represents 37 victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison, three counts of 20 years each, for child pornography. He has seven counts against him and is waiting for trail to hear his sentencing for the other counts that he has not been charged for. Nassar sexually assaulted and abused members of the Michigan State University gymnastics team and members of the USA Olympic gymnastics team.
Batoul Sadek was a freshman at MSU when she first heard the term ‘towel head.’
Her roommate’s mom was referring to her hijab. Later in the semester during dinner, Sadek surprised her roommate’s family by revealing how empowered she feels, using the role of her religion as a means to create female-centered communities. “My old roommate telling me she was afraid to live with me when she learned I was Muslim,” was just one of the stereotypes Sadek, now a junior, has faced as a Muslim woman. But she isn’t alone – these are just some stereotypes Muslim women experience. Misconceptions
And the incidences of discrimination Muslims face continue to increase in the U.S.A., according to a survey conducted earlier this year.
EAST LANSING, Mich.- It’s only six weeks into the fall semester at Michigan State University, but students are already looking into housing options for next year. Freshmen who just arrived on campus have settled into things and are making new friends. However, they now have to decide where they want to live for next year, who they want to live with and it has to be done fast. If not, all the houses and apartments will be leased. “It is a little bit of pressure to have to choose so early in the year when you don’t know what you’re going to take next year and who your friends are going to be,” MSU freshman Sarah Presley said.
Presley wants to live with someone who doesn’t attend MSU, her friend goes to community college back home but will transfer next year.
On Saturday, construction crews began tearing down the former Citizens Bank building on the corner of Grand River and Abbot after many years of vacancy. That should make Grand River Avenue look better by the end of the month. The decision to move forward was made by East Lansing City Council after Convexity Properties committed to continuing demolition of the properties at 100-140 W Grand River Ave. as originally planned.
MSU freshman Pamela Quintana descibes her mother as hardworking, kind and community-oriented. “Everyone who knows her loves her,” said Quintana. “She’s known throughout the community…she’s a very hands-on mom, always taking care of her kids.” Every day, she wakes up at 5 a.m. She cleans as many as five homes a day to make ends meet. And she tries to return home at 5 p.m to see the kids she works hard to support.
The future of East Lansing’s elementary students will meet its fate on May 2. School district residents will vote on a bond that would pay for the reconstruction of six schools. The School Board proposed the bond and is asking to borrow $93,770,000 to be repaid through property taxes.