Virtual classes especially hard for 22,500 students with autism

AUTISM COVID: Online learning forced by COVID pandemic is especially hard for the 22,500 Michigan students with autism who need structure and stability. Some parents are finding ways to cope. We talk to an MSU researcher, a parent mentor in Iron Mountain and parents in the Clawson and Berkley school districts. By Taylor Haelterman & Luke Sloan. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, WKAR, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

Bailey Hall government meets state representatives

MSU students with Rep. Julie Brixie, fourth from left and, next to her, Rep. Padma Kuppa. Michigan State students connected with state representatives on a personal level Feb. 25, as Bailey Hall Government hosted Michigan Reps. Padma Kuppa and Julie Brixie for a small group discussion and dinner at Brody Hall. 

“Seeing someone’s name on the ballot or reading about them online is a lot different than actually being able to interact with them,” Bailey Hall President Juhi Parekh said. “An event when students can ask questions with the people they actually elected themselves is a great opportunity to understand the impact your voting can have.”

Bailey Hall President Juhi Parekh.

Michigan State guard Taryn McCutcheon surveys the court as she dribbles

‘He was the biggest advocate’ to female athletes

The death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant on Jan. 26 shook the hoops community to its core. Even though the five-time NBA champion is best known for his feats in men’s basketball, his loss also t devastated the women’s sports world, a community for which he was a lifelong advocate. 

On the campus of Michigan State university, the women’s basketball team, a group comprised of many lifelong Bryant fans, is saddened. 

“It’s very sad, it’s almost surreal, especially as a parent of two daughters,” assistant coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “He was the most high profile supporter of the women’s game. And I don’t think that’s because he had four daughters, I think that was because he was a very visionary guy.