Building a hip-hop foundation from the ground up

Monk Matthaeus loves hip-hop. All he wants to do is share his passion. And so he does, in classes at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. “Well, hip-hop is just like about drugs and violence and sex and misogyny.” That’s what Matthaeus says some people tell him when they hear about his classes — people, he warns, who don’t know what real hip-hop is. Seeking to dispel the myths, serve the culture and help guide hip-hop forward in Michigan, Matthaeus and Ozay Moore founded All Of The Above in 2010, a creative collective designed to improve and educate society through hip-hop.

MSU’s College of Ed maintains top ranking with new programs to combat new challenges

Twenty-three years ago, The Rolling Stones played the first ever concert at Spartan Stadium. Twenty-three years ago, a stern assistant coach named Tom Izzo was a year away from taking over the MSU men’s basketball team. Twenty-three years ago, the Michigan State University College of Education was ranked No.1 in the nation. A lot has changed in 23 years, but the college’s reputation has not. MSU boasted the top secondary and elementary educational institution in the nation throughout, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Educators seek to capitalize on pros of technology, multitasking

Computers multitask. TVs multitask. Phones multitask. And of course, people do too, but not effectively. According to research conducted in 2016 by Anastasia Kononova, an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University, most students, 79 percent of study participants, multitasked by switching attention with Facebook while studying.

Here’s Where Your Meter Change Goes in East Lansing

It’s never a bad idea to carry change, particularly if you’re planning on driving to downtown East Lansing. Between the vigilance of PACE (Parking and Code Enforcement) and the fees associated with metered street parking, parking lots and parking garages, frequent patrons of East Lansing have adapted accordingly. After a few tickets, drivers suggest that they eventually settle for pay-as-you-go enclosed parking to bypass the risk of another infraction. Yet, for the financially constrained, that can mean fewer trips downtown and more home-cooked meals. For others, that can mean planning their city saunters for Sundays–when parking is free.

Mid-Michigan a Microcosm of Trump Victory

LANSING, Mich. – Inari Ramos strode down Capitol Avenue alone, a winter parka sheltering her from a brisk November gust. Feeling cold and isolated following the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, Ramos wore her emotion close to her heart; a two-toned shirt beneath her jacket expressly stated her disgust. “F— Donald Trump.”

The black lettering on Ramos’ T-shirt espoused the majority of Lansing’s voting population’s views.

Can Trump or Clinton bolster Michigan manufacturing?

Michigan has experienced six years straight of automotive sector growth, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. After plummeting to a 21st century low in 2009, the 2015 rate again marked improvement in employment, with about 122,400 Michigan workers in the field compared to 117,600 the year before. In the Nov. 8 election, both major-party candidates have promised to preserve the boom. When in Michigan, both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton keyed in on the issue of manufacturing strength as a point of persuasion for undecided voters.

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.

Unconvinced and Underwhelmed, MSU Student Plans Not To Vote In Upcoming Election

East Lansing, Mich.– Michigan State hospitality business junior McKenna Kiiskila plans to vote in the future, just not yet. For her, this presidential election is certainly not worth breaking the seal over. “To be completely honest, I just didn’t side with either candidate, so I figured better to stay neutral,” Kiiskila, a 21-year-old from Romeo, Michigan, said. “Neither have my vote, so I don’t want to vote for either.”

Kiiskila said she’s not politically minded, and she isn’t “dialed in” to a lot of political occurrences at the smaller scale. As this is the first presidential election that Kiiskila is eligible to participate in, it’s the first time that she has considered registering or voting.