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“We’re open and we’re ready for anybody who wants to come visit us,” Peanut Barrel owner, Joe Bell said. Bell has learned a lot about patience. “We don’t really know what to expect yet,” Bell said. He hopes it’s about to pay off. He’s owned the Peanut Barrel for 40 years.
When the pandemic hit, only 2,000 students were allowed to live on campus instead of the regular 1,500. With Michigan State recommending students to stay home, most freshmen have not had the traditional college experience. But some freshmen made the decision to live near campus while still feeling at home. “Usually you meet people in the dorms,” Nayna Chhabria, a freshman at Michigan State, said. Nayna knew she couldn’t live in a dorm, and she knew she may get homesick.
With a great athletic financial crisis, Michigan State’s athletic department spent months finding a way to limit the budget loss. Michigan State’s Athletic Director, Bill Beekman, had heartbreaking news to give those on the Michigan State’s swim and dive team. “My initial reaction in that room at 4’oclock was this feeling of paralysis,” sophomore Travis Nitkiewicc said. “A lot of people got angry immediately. For me, it was a numb reaction,” senior Elise Tuke said.
In a typical school year, Michigan State students would be on campus, with some living in the dorms.
“The 27 residence halls across the Michigan State University’s campus. It’s one of the largest on-campus housing systems in the nation,” Kat Cooper, RHS Chief Communications Officer said. Michigan State housing went from 14,500 students, to under 2,000 living in the residence halls. “A significant decrease compared to our typical year. It would cost the university a lot of money to outfit Akers Hall to be more like a hotel,” Cooper said.
Sometimes all you need is a helping hand, but in this case, a helping paw. In January, the Bath Public Library started a Paws for Reading program to help children get comfortable with their reading level while reading to therapy dogs.
“Hey hey, ho ho, gender bias has got to go!” chanted a crowd of more than 100 protestors at the January 20 Lansing Women’s March. The protestors met at the MSU Union on January 20 and braved single-digit temperatures. Flanked by Michigan State University Police, the protestors marched from the Union to the Hannah Administration Building. Demonstrators were marching in support of many causes, among them women’s reproductive rights, workplace equality and equal pay, advocacy for victims of sexual assault and LGBTQ+ rights. They were also marching to protest President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and the proposed border wall.