State grant helps university fight sexual assault

A new grant from Governor Synder will help Michigan State combat sexual assault.

The 38-thousand dollar aid will go towards the MSU Bystander Network, a group that empowers people to take action if they see signs of sexual assault.

The network is working on an educational seminar for upperclassmen that they want to implement by the Fall 2017 semester. The class will build on the sexual assault workshops mandatory for incoming freshman. “It’s taking it a step further and building on that education,” says Leah Short, MSU Bystander Network project coordinator. When it comes to recognizing assault, Sergeant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department says that it’s important to trust your gut. “A lot of times, [people] may not recognize it for what it is, but they know they have a bad feeling about it,” said Munford.

Michigan State addresses Immigration Ban

By Chloe Kiple

Michigan State hosted an informational meeting days after President Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven countries. While many came with questions, university officials could only offer a little more than support. “We can’t change anything about the executive order,” said one speaker. “We are committed to supporting you.”

MSU faculty from the Office of International Students and Scholars addressed a jam-packed lecture hall in the international center. Lawyer Marie LaComb flipped through a powerpoint detailing the specifics of the ban.

Community remembrance in Grand Ledge makes beautiful attraction

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge has offered a unique way to memorialize and honor loved ones in their community for years. Every April, the Grand Ledge garden club works with people in the area to sell geraniums, memorial plaques, and trees in honor of Grand Ledge residents. The purchase includes the tree, the planting, one year of maintenance, and insurance. “Memorializing a loved one really helps a family celebrate that life,” said Andrea Bregg, the manager and funeral director at McCabe’s Funeral Home. “You realize how fast time goes and I think it can really help the grieving process.

Focal Point Spring 2016 [Show 5]

We uncover the story behind the body found on campus, President Simon has made some big decisions regarding MSU’s sustainability, plus a price hike for room and board. Focal Point uncovers how students will be affected.

The mystique behind Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge has been known for its long history. The buildings and architecture dating back over 100 years adds character and mystery to the downtown area. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY on the mystique that lies behind Grand Ledge. Take a tour with Kaitlin! The Historical Society has done an awesome job of laying out the years of history behind GL, make sure to check it out here.

Small town + big hearts = social capital in Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

“I’ve worked in Grand Ledge for almost 30 years,” said Lynne Vermillion, a hairstylist at Talk of Town Hair Care. “Everyone is really close, and very supportive.”

That’s not an unusual assessment of Grand Ledge, primarily known for its long-time, small-town feel. Whether it is hosting several different parades each year, organizing community events for all ages, rooting on the Grand Ledge Comets, or just grabbing a bite with a neighbor; Grand Ledge is all about its community relationships. And that matters more than you’d think. “When people know each other they have a greater sense of what is called collectivism,” said Joel Stillerman, Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University.

YES Center, keeping kids out of trouble since ’04

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge’s YES Center has been welcoming kids to hangout after school since 2004. The YES Center was first established when the community and Rotary Club wanted to do something to not only occupy the dangerous free-time students have after school, but also to bring the younger generation of Grand Ledge together. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY

GL early evolvement and long-term effects

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

As of late, Grand Ledge City Hall isn’t just a place for legislating. It’s a home to learning, too. February through May, Youth Services Coordinator Ruth Thompson reads children stories to Grand Ledge’s preschoolers Tuesday mornings at City Hall. Parents and other family members accompany their 3- to 6-year-olds for a variety of stories and literacy enhancing activities. “It helps kids learn structure.

DeWitt Public Schools are doing well academically, but there is still room for improvement

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt Public Schools are above the Michigan averages in most academic categories such as graduation rate, average ACT score, and teacher effectiveness, but they have some work to do when it comes to the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP. “DeWitt is a good community and we have kids in general that have a desire to do well in school,” said John Deiter, superintendent of DeWitt Public Schools. “We are able to recruit some of the best teachers in the area.” Smaller cities such as DeWitt are able to be successful in academics, because of size. The schools are able to be more connected to parents, students, and everyone else in the community.

Local events aren’t just about keeping people busy but creating a sense of community

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Whether it is a warm summer day, or a cold winter night, Grand Ledge is working to bring its community and the surrounding areas together in a fun, interactive way. “It’s that sense of coming together, you may not even know the person, but you come together because that’s what this area is about,” said Jill Russell, the Executive Director at the Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce. The city of Grand Ledge puts on events through the course of every season, with some of the oldest event traditions dating back to the ‘70s. It’s about more than just keeping people busy; such events are about building community. “I think community events function in two ways.