Alina Zhuravel is student journalist at Michigan State University. Her work been published in Spartan Newsroom and VIM magazine. She is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Documentary Production and Health Promotion.
Sometimes, we all need a little motivation. For Brianna Olszewski, that time came when she was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. “At that time, I didn’t really have any like motivation in myself to get better.” she said. “I was just kind of upset.”
Shuaicheng Ke regularly rides the bus on campus but lately he’s been wearing something new on his way to class: a face mask. The demand for masks is so high on campus that the Olin Health Center has run out of them.
Change is in the air for Meridian Township as Julie Brixie steps down from her role as township treasurer to become a state representative. “I’m really humbled and honored to have been elected the next state representative for the 69th state district,” said Brixie. Those who applied to fill the remainder of Brixie’s term included Dante R. Ianni, Linda P. Burghardt, Phil Deschaine, Thomas E. Klunzinger and two others who chose to remain confidential. After a final interview session took place, the Meridian Township Board voted 3-2 in appointing trustee Phil Deschaine as the next township treasurer. On Dec.
When a group of Okemos high schoolers raised funds to install solar panels at their school, they had no idea they would inspire Meridian Township to follow in their footsteps. The Okemos project caught the attention of Meridian Township Board Supervisor Ron Styka and ultimately led to a new solar panel array being constructed in front of the township Municipal Building in October. “I happened to be driving by the high school and noticed the panels on the roof,” Styka said. “I contacted the current president of the Okemos School Board and he told me how the students led the movement to get it up there.”
According to a WLIX article from Mar. 10, 2017, the Okemos students raised more than $70,000 for their school to have this renewable energy source.
When Christopher Luea, a middle school Spanish and robotics instructor, teaches a lesson, a robotic device, called a SWIVL, records him while rotating to follow his movements. “Our Spanish language instructional theory is based heavily on comprehensible input and focused immersion,” he said. “Therefore, when students are absent or would do well to revisit lessons, these recordings offer a high-quality audio and video recording for them.”
During a Haslett School Board Meeting on Nov. 12, teachers from Haslett Middle School and Haslett High School showcased how they are incorporating modern technology into the classroom. Chelsea Pennington, a high school math teacher, records her algebra outlines using a different kind of device.
When Anna Jullie, a Michigan State University junior, heard that Joe Biden was going to be speaking at a local democratic rally, she announced the news in her group chat and made sure to gather a group of peers to join her for the event.
Due to recent fire statistics, Fire Inspector Tom Millerov is concerned about the safety of the community. He said: “The numbers currently are above average for the number of fire fatalities per year in Michigan. So there is a really big push right now to remind people to make sure that they have a working smoke alarm in their home and to make sure that they are practicing fire safety and know how to get out of their home in case of an emergency.”
On Oct. 13, the Meridian Township Fire Department had its fire prevention open house where community members had the opportunity to visit the fire station and learn about fire prevention techniques. Millerov said that this event is important because it allows kids to interact with the fire department in a nonemergency setting so that they can know what to do when an emergency does arise.
When Meridian Township voters opened their absentee ballot marking instructions, they were presented with directions on how to vote straight party even though straight ticket voting is banned for the Nov. 6 general election in Michigan. “I was contacted by a voter last week who was confused because the instructions that are included with the absentee ballot that was mailed to them included instructions on how to mark a straight party ballot,” said Ingham County Clerk, Barb Byrum. Although the instructions were incorrect, voters do not need to worry because the ballot is accurate. Meridian Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus said that there is no need for voter confusion because there is no straight party option on the ballot.