Two student organizations at Michigan State University are striving to promote body positivity on campus. Kaitlyn Pscodna, vice president of media for MSU CHAARG, said CHAARG is a growing women’s health and wellness group on campus that promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle for college-aged women. “We currently have 300 members, which is crazy awesome because last semester we only had 95,” Pscodna said. CHAARG gathers members together by meeting every Wednesday to do a different workout each week, and instructor from the Lansing community who owns their own business conducts the class. Aside from workouts, Pscodna said CHAARG has helped a lot of girls, including herself, feel better about themselves through knowing they are not alone when feeling insecure about their physical appearance.
The use of photo manipulation applications is causing some social media consumers to compare themselves to unrealistic images. Apps such as Perfect365 and Facetune include features and tools that manipulate aspects of the face and body. Yoni Sudry, a customer service specialist at Facetune, said when the Facetune app was created, the goal was to create a powerful portrait editing tool with unique features available on a mobile device. “Some of our most popular features according to customers are smooth skin, whiten teeth, ability to change backdrops,” Sudry said. Sudry said the popular app opened in 2013, and the second version of the app, Facetune 2, was released in 2016.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gabrielle Seghi, kinesiology junior at Michigan State University, created her own body-positive health blog last spring. Seghi said she started her blog, Free Bird, in hopes to share her knowledge with others and remind individuals that images in the media are not always reality. “I think everyone’s body is so beautiful because everyone is so different– and I think that is important to accept,” Seghi said. Seghi said she creates blog posts about different fitness tips and strives to promote confidence when individuals step into a gym, even if they are just starting.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — We’ve all thought about using paint on paper and canvas, but have you ever thought about using art on top of a body insecurity? Individuals are now using body glitter and tattoos to combat negative self image– sending a message to not only be okay with our scars, but to show them off. Tabarah Emovon, a special effects makeup artist from London, United Kingdom said she uses glitter to fill in her stretch marks, and then later posts the finished product on Instagram where her followers have the opportunity to give feedback. “They all loved them!
Some shoppers are steering clear of retail shops that size inconsistently, in order to keep their body image at ease. A term called vanity sizing is a large reason why an individual can be a certain size in one store, but a completely different size in another store. For example, an individual can be a size 4 in one store, yet size 8 in another. Melanie Rickey, founder of Fashion Editor At Large, said stores create their own sizing using the average size of their customers, and label the garment a smaller size than it should be. “Vanity sizing is clothing sizes that are smaller than they should be, to make women feel good about their dress size,” Rickey said.
Discovering your niche in life can sometimes be difficult, but these Mason residents have discovered what makes their life worth living. Thirty-eight year Mason resident Annie Lambrecht said her passion is reading, and she has loved it ever since she was a little girl. Lambrecht’s mother was a teacher and instilled the love of reading in her heart very early on. “I even remember my first hard cover books were “Swiss Family Robinson” and “Robinson Crusoe” said Lambrecht,who is 70. “I’ve been reading ever since I could remember.”
Lambrecht said her favorite is genre is fiction, although she always makes an effort to try something new.
The Mason Public Schools website used to be old and hard to navigate, but now it is interesting and user-friendly, said Director of Technology Jerome Brzezinski at Community and Staff Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29. Brzezinski said he is happy with how the brand new website turned out. “It has a really nice look, and it’s a huge improvement,” Brzezinski said. Brzezinski said the previous website had not been changed in 12 years, and that is what prompted him to go through with this update. “It aesthetically didn’t look good, it was a little cumbersome to navigate, and very difficult to update,” Brzezinski said.
Concerns were raised by residents during the public hearing at the city council meeting on March 21, 2016, despite the confirmation of an assessment regarding proposed sidewalk improvements. According to the meeting agenda, the property was first announced at the city council meeting on December 21, 2015. At the meeting on January 18, 2016, the council agreed to make the improvements and ordered the Assessor to prepare estimated costs and provide notice of a public hearing. Mason City administrator Deb Stuart said the role of the city council on Monday was to confirm the assessment, as the council already voted in January that the sidewalk improvements will be completed. The assessment directs the treasurer to collect funds with the July taxes.
Mason High School is preparing for its 13th annual Indoles talent show, where all proceeds will be donated to the Rylan Cotter Memorial scholarship. According to the MHS website, the show will take place on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7p.m.
MHS math teacher Steve Jackson said he helped start the show 13 years ago as a student-teaching intern through Michigan State University. Jackson said the internship required that he take part in a community service project, which is where he produced the idea of showcasing the talent at Mason High School. “There were many people out there who had amazing talents to show but we never got to see, so we needed a place for that,” Jackson said. Jackson said his favorite performance throughout the course of the show was a staged light-saber battle, where he was even included in the act for one scene.
As spring approaches, the Capital Area District Library in Mason prepares for its first annual ‘Coloring for Adults’ event. Mari Garza, youth services librarian at the CADL in Mason, said the event will take place on March 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and will provide coffee, tea and cocoa, colored pencils, markers and a selection of coloring pages designed specifically for adults. “It’s not quite the same as coloring a kids page,” Garza said. Garza said the library wanted the event to be a way for the community to meet and come together, while providing a relaxing and stress-relieving experience for adults. Regarding the amount of people registered to attend this event, Garza said that there will most-likely be a decent turnout.