Almost four million people tuned in to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on December 2, but what they didn’t see were any plus size or LGBTQ models. Inclusiveness is what sets the two VIM editors apart from the rest of the fashion industry. “VIM is MSU’s only fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and cultural magazine,” Kara Dempsey said. “I never realized how important VIM was and what we were doing, but people notice us and see the inclusiveness we are trying to have on campus,” Zoey Berghoff said. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show guest performer, Halsey, stole the attention post show when she addressed the lack of diversity.
A company started by two former MSU students, Matt Carroll and TK Kubvoruno, is changing the college experience. “University Viral is a one stop shop, concierge travel events and entertainment, even for everything college,” said Kubvoruno. In just under a year, the company has helped give over 100,000 students the ultimate college experience. The company started by planning events for spring break. They sent over 2,000 students to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
What looked like a typical off-campus house from the outside was nothing but typical on the inside. MSU students turned their house on Gunson Street into a haunted house to raise money for charity. It took sixteen helpers to create this makeshift haunted house. It took them days to move furniture out and replaced it with an elaborately decorated house. “This is our haunted house we started it last year to raise money for the hurricane relief in Puerto Ricco and it was kind of a success so we decided to do it again this year,” Collin Tefft said.
The race is on for governor and rapidly approaching. Some are calling this the most important mid-term election in decades. On November 6th, voters will decide if Democrat Gretchen Whitmer or Republican Bill Schuette will become Michigan’s next governor.
“She’s got a plan to fix our roads, she’s got a plan to protect preexisting conditions she’s got a plan for clean water, these are the issues that people care about,” said Paul Kanan, the Michigan Democratic Party communications director and press secretary. “You look at what Rep have done that last 8 years here in Michigan. We’ve frozen tuition to keep college affordable, and we believe that with certain reforms we can keep college affordable for young people,” said Tony Zammit, Deputy Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the city of Lansing chose to go the distance and think pink. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at the State Capitol building. The walk is a noncompetitive 3 to 5-mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by the disease. What started as volunteering turned into a mission for Katie Jones. “I am a senior manager for community development at the American Cancer Society which means I get to work with thousands of volunteers across the mid-Michigan Lansing and Flint markets,” Jones said.
It’s football season in East Lansing, and before the game is the tailgate. Students may remember the rules of the game, but they could forget the rules that keep them out of trouble with the law. The captain of Michigan State’s Police Department has some tips to keep you safe and within the law in the pre-game festivities. “Some of the things that happens, people make poor choices. Some of the choices could be ‘minor in possession’, some of those choices could be urinating in public as well as litter and things like that,” said Captain Doug Monette.
Election Day is right around the corner– Tuesday, November 6th to be exact. Some are calling this the most important midterm election in decades, but do young people understand the magnitude? Will the young voters head to the polls? The Democrats are hoping to flip the House. The Republicans currently hold the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
MSU homecoming Grand Marshall, Ernest Green, sat in on a special screening of the documentary The Road to Little Rock. The documentary tells the courageous story of one visionary judge and nine determined teenagers who are now known as The Little Rock Nine. Ernest Green, who was one of the nine students that were a part of this historic movement and subject of the film, talked about his groundbreaking time at Michigan State. “Any student coming here should see this as a lifetime opportunity and its more than going to classes, it’s getting to know people and building relationships,” said Green.
Fit4Mom is a workout program designed for women going through all stages of motherhood. This group meets in Meridian Township on the corner of Jolly and Hagadorn Roads. These women meet for classes where they workout, plan mom’s night outs, play groups and where they discuss community events.
Chick-fil-A has officially moved to Okemos and with its arrival it brought a crowd. Over 100 people came to camp out in front of Chick-fil-A in hopes of winning free Chick-fil-A for the next year. The grand opening was held on March 30 and was celebrated with long lines and a buzzing crowd.