Within Grand Traverse County are City Limits. The area inside here would be affected by the policy's of sanctuary status. 
Photo by Amy Davis.

Traverse City dilemma: “Sanctuary City” or not?

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Human Rights commissioners of Traverse City are allegedly looking to make the northwestern Michigan city more “immigrant-friendly.” One way of doing so would be to declare sanctuary status, or making TC known as a “Welcoming City.”

“There are jobs in Northern Michigan that need immigrants to take them,” says Mark Dixon, who has been a citizen of Traverse City for over 60 years. “Faming here, especially with the abundance of cherry crops, attracts a lot of immigrants, as well as some jobs at Munson, the local hospital.”

“This had never been an issue before (President Donald) Trump’s presidency,” says Dixon. “I think this is because he initially campaigned with restrictions to countries like Mexico by ‘building a wall’ across the border.”

Early in Trump’s presidency, an executive order attempted to withhold federal grants to sanctuary cities. However, at the end of April, a federal judge in San Francisco put a nationwide end to this.

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Sexual violence on college campuses

The number of sex crimes reported on U.S. college campuses increased by 50 percent over the last decade, according to the latest Indicators of School Crime and Safety survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. While sexual violence is difficult to measure, factors such as grade level, gender and rates of campus crime reporting can help determine the prevalence of sexual violence.

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Students surprised by the easiness of political activeness

The voter registration deadline in Michigan is October 11, and the corresponding rush of political advocacy has been embodied by the influx of events around campus. Throughout the first week of October, the Associated Students of Michigan State University hosted a myriad of registration events on campus. The Residence Halls Association sponsored drives to register those on campus, as well. Both the MSU College Democrats and MSU College Republicans could be found lurking opportunely at seemingly every corner. The featuring of several prominent speakers on campus also drew out a large student base.