Project Pink is a student organization dedicated to providing feminine health and hygiene products to homeless women in the Detroit and Lansing areas. The organization was created in October 2017 by Michigan State University students Dominique Jackson and Sydni Singler. “We realized that they’re so many women who lack the access to basic feminine care products. We realized that we should play our part and actually give back,” Jackson said. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, lack of access to health care is a major issue impacting homeless women, with 73 percent of homeless individuals reporting at least one unmet health need.
The Notorious B.I.G may have coined the phrase “Mo money mo problems,” but for these Black students, more money means more opportunity. The Michigan State University Black Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan State University NAACP and the Delta Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosted the third annual Black Business Expo. The event was March 29 in the MSU Union Ballroom in East Lansing, Michigan. The event featured over a dozen diverse vendors run by student entrepreneurs. Vendors included art, fashion, food, makeup, skincare and even a production company.
Although the phrase “fake news” was one of the biggest buzzwords of 2017, fabricated news stories are not new. The Detroit Press Club and Southfield Public Library hosted a fake news seminar on March 7 in Southfield featuring a panel of veteran journalists and media experts from diverse backgrounds. The goal of the event was to educate the public on fabricated news stories, clickbait headlines and sensational online news outlets. “Fake news is a simple oxymoron. I don’t acknowledge the term,” said Eddie Allen, a senior editor for The Hub, author of several books and writer for publications including The New York Times, The Associated Press and BET.
Money doesn’t guarantee love, but for these MSU students it guaranteed a date. In collaboration with multiple student organizations on campus, The Gentleman’s Club hosted a charity date auction on Valentine’s Day which raised $1,565. All proceeds from the event were donated to the American Heart Association and Send a Kid to Prom, a foundation that funds prom expenses for high school students. “I thought the turnout was great,” said senior Tameron Baker, the creator of the organization. “I think for the first auction it went great, we raised more money than I thought we would get.”
After the recent events regarding sexual assault on campus, Michigan State students believe that change starts from within. “With our school in the spotlight right now, we need to use this spotlight to create positive change. So hopefully with this, we’re going to make the statement that sexual assault will not be tolerated on this campus or any campus around the globe,” said junior Mackenzie Mrla. Mrla organized the “March for Survivors and Change at MSU” march which took place on Jan. 26 at The Rock on MSU’s campus.
Michigan State students gather at election parties around campus on election night. Gabrielle Johnson talks to two Spartans about their views of each candidate. Q&A
Q. How have you kept track of the election? Meyoni Heard: Internet and social media because it’s how we operate. Q.Do you feel like people are taking the election serious on the internet?