MSU’s #GoTeal campaign localizes #MeToo movement

2017 was the year women showed the world just how strong they have been behind closed doors, and this action continued in 2018. Leading into 2018 we learned that many people’s beloved “TV father,” Bill Cosby, was nothing like the character he portrayed on telelevsion in real life. In the winter and spring of 2015, dozens of women found the courage, some after nearly 30 years, to publicly announce that they had been sexually assaulted, drugged, and raped by Cobsy. The numbers were astonishing. According to RAINN, the vast majority of people who commit sex crimes do not go to jail.

“Hookup Culture”: The good, the bad and the ugly

In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University has put together a series of events called “Teach-In/Learn -In” to open the discussion on sexual assault.

During an event in late February, students had the opportunity to highlight different aspects surrounding sexual assault they felt were the most important to them. Six students from IAH 231B, taught by professor Stephanie Amada, the author of “Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter With Choice,” opened the discussion about safety in the “hookup culture.”

Hookup culture basically accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters between individuals who are not emotionally attached or have no intention of developing a long-term committed relationship. Although the students said people have many different definitions of hookup culture, they said the main goal was to make sure people feel safe and in control in casual sexual relationships. Amada, an assistant professor of writing, rhetoric and American cultures, said people need a better understanding of consent in such encounters. “Our main aim was to talk about how the culture needs to change,” Amada said.

Students at MSU have found the key to affordable housing

Michigan State University students are spreading their wings and leaving their nest from apartments within walking distance to campus to apartments that may require more effort to getting to campus. Apartments further away to campus are cheaper than apartments that are in walking distance. Unless students are willing to pay over $1,000 a month in rent for a one bedroom, they must prepare themselves to live with at least three to four different roommates in one apartment. The Hannah Lofts apartments on 2929 Hannah Blvd. in East Lansing is one of the few ideal apartments where students would like to live because of its location and nearby transportation services.

James Madison College strives for diverse faculty and students

Students in James Madison College are disappointed with the representation numbers between white and minority students and faculty members, but James Madison’s Associate Dean Julia Grant believes the college has created an open environment for all students to feel represented. According to James Madison senior Gerena Walker, studying social relations and policy, JMC is not doing its best when it comes to recruiting minority students. Walker believes that James Madison is recruiting students too late into their high school career. She suggested that instead of looking for students in their senior year of high school, recruiters should visit schools during their freshman or junior year just before they begin to consider what college they want to to go and what they want to do. “In my opinion, we don’t do a good enough job recruiting certain identities and we don’t we do it at a good enough rate,” Walker said.