Cera Powell is a journalism student at Michigan State University. She is studying Journalism with a double major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sports Broadcasting. Her aspirations are to become a play by play announcer for the NFL and NBA and work for ESPN or Fox Sports. Her expected graduation date is May 2021 and she is currently a writer for the Spartan Newsroom.
Students respond to MSU canceling in-person classes less than two weeks before classes start and undergraduates move on-campus. Jay Gooden wants better communication from Michigan State University and its staff when informing students of changes due to COVID-19. Gooden, 22, Spartan Remix co-director at Michigan State University, said he is worried about his lack of drive, lack of being able to be social and most of all, not receiving the full experience of acting with in-person class. MSU planned on resuming in-person classes for undergraduates when the semester starts Sept. 2 but reversed their decision Tuesday and moved most classes entirely online.
The East Lansing City Council discussed public safety and police reform that led to lively four-hour council meeting on June 23 which was conducted via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. East Lansing councilmembers discuss new resolutions for new temporary overnight commission with input from the community. Issues ranging from an East Lansing Police Officer Andrew Stephenson, who was accused of using excessive force on a black man back December has been a controversial topic from Lansing citizens calling into the meeting. Police reform, public safety, and defunding the police were among many other issues that have no solution that was discussed in the meeting. https://soundcloud.com/cera-powell-538569031/east-lansing-citizen-response-to-andrew-stephenson-case
“The agenda item is certainly not the whole solution but it’s part of it, it’s an idea,” City Councilwoman Lisa Babcock said.
It’s been three months since Ink and Needles West has opened its doors to the public after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted the Stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Ink and Needle west tattoo shop practicing social distancing throughout its shop to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Amber Watson, 23, a student at Michigan State University, said “I was really excited that Ink and Needles were opening up after being closed during COVID-19, three months is a long time to get a new tattoo.”
Ink and Needless tattoo shop closed on March 22 and was allowed to open their business on June 15. The state requires tattoo shops to have guidelines to reopen and to service customers including; wearing gloves, everyone being serviced have on a mask, social distancing of 6ft apart or more and cleaning the stations after every use. Moya Maffett, artist at Ink & Needles West and East in Lansing said, “It’s nice to get back in the groove of things, because we get to meet people and interact with them and see why they get the tattoos they get.”
She said, “we’ve marked everywhere six feet proximity so that clients can social distance, we have been using shields or face masks when we tattoo and speak to our clients to make sure everyone is safe.
Cera PowellProtesters march down Capitol Avenue for justice for the murder of George Floyd and police reform on Sunday, March 31. Sharron Reed-Davis wants the protest in Lansing and around the country to continue. Davis, 21, a member of the Black Student Alliance at Michigan State University, is protesting in Lansing fighting for justice of black people who have been a victim of police brutality. She can’t stop, she says, protesting means fighting for her rights and the rights of her people, she knows that protesting has brought awareness like never before. Police brutality hasn’t stopped but has shown clear racism and brutality from the police to the world.
Nearly 2,000 student journalists gathered for the fall conference of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association at the Lansing Center on Oct. 31.
Many of the students attending were seniors and will graduate in the next year. With the upcoming 2020 election, they will also have the chance to vote for the first time. The issues that motivate them are as varied as they are for any generation. Diversity
Maia Rostar, Plainwell High School: “I am voting because I would like to see change.