With no limitations to what one can write as a caption on Instagram or blog on a website, a choice comes into play. As people create their photos and write their captions, they have to decide if they are going to create a positivity-driven post or a post where feelings could get hurt and self-images damaged. This is a task that Annette Marchewka, Arizona State University communications student, Instagram influencer and College Fashionista style blogger, has mastered. Given the choice to be a positive influence or a negative one in social media, she chooses positivity every time through uplifting captions and meaningful photos on her social media accounts. I was able to ask her a series of questions regarding this topic.
Do you feel confident and happy after scrolling through your social media feeds? If the answer is no, you may just be following the wrong individuals on social media. According to an informal, non-scientific survey by Spartan Newsroom, 78 out of 84 individuals agreed they feel happier and have more self confidence when they follow bloggers who promote positivity. Kennedy Frazer, blogger and junior marketing major at Western Michigan University, said bloggers can have a positive influence on their followers’ body image by promoting the idea of positivity and confidence. “My blog from the beginning was focused on girl power and supporting one another,” said Frazer.
What happens when we apply a rule to one’s personal appearance? Since the start of the beauty and fashion industry, there have always been several “rules” put into fruition. Such rules tell consumers what lipstick shades they shouldn’t wear due to their skin tone, what eyeshadow looks best with their given eye color, and even the idea that certain dress colors don’t match their skin tone best. With this concept often being driven into many individual’s minds on a daily basis, the effect on one’s body image could be very possible. Annie Giupponi, a self-esteem and eating disorder therapist at Rooted Counseling in East Lansing, Michigan, said that there is potential for shame any time an individual feels that they must do one thing or another.
How many times have you walked into a beauty store and couldn’t find the perfect fit of makeup made uniquely for you? Beauty exclusivity in the cosmetic industry is an issue that many customers see regularly. Heba Barakat, a beauty influencer of five years from East Lansing, feels that there is a need for brands to be expansive in their selection to support positive self expression. “Being able to find what you need in beauty allows individuals to express themselves and maybe be even more comfortable,” said Barakat. Barakat said that although beauty comes from within, customers should be able to shop any beauty brand regardless of one’s skin type or tone.
The Sun Theatre has been bringing the people of Williamston together since 1947, and continues to do so as they persevere on year 69 providing residents with the entire nostalgic movie experience- complete with buttery 50 cent popcorn. Most historical theaters of this age are not in working order any longer, but due to the support of the community in 2012, The Sun Theatre was able to raise $80,000 to switch from old reels to digital projectors so that the residents could keep enjoying their beloved movie nights. “Going to see a movie is ‘an event’ in Williamston because you bump into a lot of people you know,” said Sean Bertolino, Williamston City Council member. Bertolino said visiting The Sun is a regular occurrence for him. “I’ve been attending The Sun for about five years and I usually go with my wife,” said Bertolino, a resident of the city.
A city engineer told City Council members Wednesday that a key part of the sewage system is unsafe and needs replacing. Officials said during the budget work session that this lift system, which brings waste water from lower to higher elevation, must be addressed and the cost to do this will be hefty. Lift stations are typically put where waste needs to be raised against gravity. “Right now the workers are a little bit afraid to step on top of the steel structure on top of it because it could break,” said Scott DeVries, city engineer and director of public works.
“Right now the workers are a little bit afraid to step on top of the steel structure on top of it because it could break,” said Scott DeVries, city engineer and director of public works.
The Williamston boys varsity basketball team is preparing to play their state semifinal game Friday — not only for the title, but for their coach, Jason Bauer, who was diagnosed with brain tumors earlier this month. The team will face Detroit Henry Ford at The Breslin Center in East Lansing at 6 p.m. Friday. “Our whole motto was that coach is going to have a lot of battles coming up to win his own war, so we need to win our battles on the court and win games,” said Riley Lewis, a senior on the team. Lewis said finding out this information shocked everyone. “After we won our first game in districts against Sexton, we knew he was sick because he didn’t coach,” said Lewis.
Williamston police have stated that they are patrolling the Putnam and Grand River intersection more carefully to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians. “It’s a dangerous intersection because there is no visibility due to the fact Grand River curves there,” said Police Chief Bob Young. The chief said that there was no specific incident of a pedestrian being hit that led to the call for stepped-up enforcement. Young said focus elsewhere can be a cause of driver distraction. “People are making a right turn on red and they are paying so much attention to traffic and the curve of Grand River that they pay little or no attention to the crosswalk walking,” Young said.
The Crosaries elderly home is preparing for their third annual Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on March 26, 2016 at 10 a.m.
With over $800 raised last year, The Crosaries home is ready for round three as the elders fill over 1500 Easter Eggs, with all proceeds going to Hospice of Lansing – Stoneleigh Residence in memory of Matthew Davis, a local resident of Williamston who passed away this Feb.
“We are constantly looking for ways for the elders to be apart of our community and to give back to the community in which they live,” said Todd Walter, founder and owner of Crosaries. Walter said that last year the proceeds of this event went towards a local family who had recently lost their home in a fire. “They were so moved by the community,” said Walter. “We then invited them back two weeks later to present them with their check, it was great.”
Walter said that this is a great way for the elders to be involved in a hands-on experience. “The elders help stuff all of the eggs and hide all of the eggs on the property with other volunteers, family, and staff,” said Walter.
Joey’s Pet Outfitters is celebrating 10 years of serving pets and the community of Williamston. Joey’s Pet Outfitters opened on Nov. 1, 2005, and is the only pet store in the area. The store, best known for their goal of natural pet nutrition, has been rallying with other retail since they have opened to strengthen the community. “The difference between Williamston and a larger town is that all local retail band together to raise funds to get people into the town,” said Kris Horstman, former treasurer at the Williamston Chamber of Commerce.