Instead of the harsh white light of the fluorescents, the light pouring from Alexa Weatherwax’s second grade classroom is the soft glow of old-fashioned incandescent string lights and paper lanterns she purchased for her classroom. This year, the only money Weatherwax spent out of pocket was on a travel Q-tip container for her students’ vocabulary words.
Weatherwax’s experience, however, is atypical and illustrates the starkness in realities between suburban and urban public schools, mostly White versus mostly Black school districts. According to the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org’s national survey, 91 percent of teachers purchase school supplies for their students. The report goes on to say, on average, teachers in the United States spend $600 out of pocket each year on classroom supplies.
Five more fighting dogs may be euthanized Friday, Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty told the County Commission’s Democratic caucus on Tuesday. Unless the dogs, which were involved in the recent dogfighting investigation, can be placed into rehabilitation, Ingham County animal control will be forced to euthanize them, he said.
A man is standing on the street corner with a sign reading, “Every bit helps.” On the next block, there is another man sitting next to a lamppost with a jar at his feet, asking people walking by for any extra change. What both of these people have in common is that they are panhandling on the streets. However, their reasons are unknown to people who pass by. This rise in activity can be connected to recent poverty rates.
In the nearly 21 years since the Springfield Sultans packed their bags, moved to Downtown Lansing, and became the Lugnuts, the team has seen plenty of ups and downs. This is expected, as their existence as a Single-A team means they must deal with endless roster changes as players get shuffled from level to level as they attempt to make the big leagues. From an abysmal 54-84 season in 2009 to their two Midwest League championships in 1997 and 2003, the team’s on-field success has been unpredictable. It’s been much easier to track the Lugnuts’ success in a different area: community development. Since the former Oldsmobile Park was constructed in 1996, locals and team officials alike believe the team has brought more than the game of baseball to the city of Lansing.
Helping Women Period is one of Lansing’s newest nonprofits, bringing feminine hygiene products to homeless and impoverished women. Take a look at how they got started and the impact they’ve made over the last 18 months.
LANSING, Mich. – Inari Ramos strode down Capitol Avenue alone, a winter parka sheltering her from a brisk November gust. Feeling cold and isolated following the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, Ramos wore her emotion close to her heart; a two-toned shirt beneath her jacket expressly stated her disgust. “F— Donald Trump.”
The black lettering on Ramos’ T-shirt espoused the majority of Lansing’s voting population’s views.
Women have overcome obstruction on their way to leadership positions, but plenty of obstacles still exist for women pursuing those roles. Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election could be considered the ultimate heartbreak in a career of service and fighting to break through a glass ceiling of leadership opportunities, but her campaign for the presidency changed women’s history no matter the outcome. Meet other women, primarily from Michigan, who have also made contributions to women’s history and broke through barriers to achieve in many different fields of work.