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.

Scofflaws dumping trash in Delhi Manor

Sarah Pete has lived in the Delhi Manor community with her family for over two years and says that about every day people will come by and throw their trash on the curbs and keep going without thinking about what they have done. “Most of the trash cans stay full because there are lots of people in one household so sometimes their trash may pile over on the ground because it cannot fit into the trash cans.I think that when outsiders come to the neighborhood they think that the trash looks that way it does because we do not care so they just add to it,” said Pete. Jeff McKinney, Delhi Manor leasing office manager, says that this has been an ongoing issue and that he and his staff have taken action to prevent people from throwing their trash on their ground but people just do not care now days. “About a month back, my staff and I posted flyers in the neighborhood about making sure that trash goes into the trash cans and we did not have an issue for some time then all of a sudden it started again,” said McKinney. Roger Jackson, a Delhi Manor staffer, says that the trash does not come from those in the community.

Where’s CATA in Holt?

An ongoing concern in Holt for residents is the lack of public transportation dependability in the community.The Capital Area Transportation Authority also known as the CATA is the public transit system that operates through Holt. Residents say that they spend hundreds of dollars a month on Ubers, Lyfts, and other forms of transportation. Residents are having several continuing issues with the CATA from there not being enough buses that run through Holt; buses are not getting to the stops on time; and there have been cases where the bus allegedly simply does not show up. Douglas Lecato, CATA Board of Directors Vice Chair for Delhi Township says that he is aware of these issues and that the CATA executive staff along with the board are working to fix these problems as soon as possible by hiring more drivers. According to Jasmine Roy, there is only one bus that comes to Holt which is the #8 Pennsylvania-Holt bus. Roy says that the #8 CATA only goes down some streets and she has had to get off at on stop and almost walk a mile to her destination.

Holt’s affordability, safe distance from urban madness making it a popular home base for many

Christopher Robbins, a music professor at Lansing Community College, says that he never considered living in East Lansing because he did not want to be neighbors with his students. “East Lansing is too close to LCC and MSU,” he said. “I have younger children that has to be in bed at a certain time to get up without crying in the morning so having a bunch of teens and young adults living next door or a fraternity across the street will interrupt their sleep making it difficult for me and my wife to wake them up in the morning.”

So he chose Holt, a place growing in popularity with first-time and experienced home owners because of its low property taxes plus its low crimes rates and peacefulness from all the nearby Michigan State University madness. Holt is located just a few miles southeast of Lansing and has a homeownership rate of 74.5 percent and homeownership costs at 31.5 percent of median monthly household income. Holt’s location in Delhi Charter Township means more peace and quiet for educational pursuits at MSU, Lansing Community College and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

On Feb. 20 2017, a small group begins to gather outside of City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

Where do the homeless go in Holt and Delhi Township?

Sarah Keller became homeless after three months of living in Holt. According to Keller, she moved her family there from Grand Rapids because she received a job offer that she could not pass up. After working at the job for two months, they let her go because they were making cuts. “I was devastated. I was not in a contract so they could fire me whenever they wanted but I figured since they came looking for me and offered me the job I had some job security,” Keller said. Keller and her family had to move to The City Rescue Mission of Lansing for a few weeks until she was able to find another job.

Holt Community Food Bank serving the community’s neediest residents

Holt Community Food Bank, located on the grounds of Holt First Presbyterian Church, is the only food bank in Holt and Delhi Township. It was started 20 years ago by two members of the congregation after discovering that there were members in the church who were having difficulties making ends meet. What is so unique about Holt Community Food Bank is that it is exclusively run by volunteers in and outside of the community who are dedicated to serving by donating groceries and helping to prepare bags of food for those who are in need. According to Bonnie Mahieu, the food bank’s coordinator, all donations and food contributions come from people in the community, local businesses, churches, and local grocery stores like Kroger and Meijer. Mahieu also explained that HCFB is only dedicated to serving Holt residents.