5 kids sit next to dog kennels and read books out loud.

Animal shelter invites kids to read to adoptable pets

The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is inviting Mason’s children to read to adoptable pets at the shelter’s new readership program, S.P.A.C.E. Tails (Sheltered Pets Assisting Children’s Education). 

Starting in December the shelter has been inviting children ages 6-16 to read to dogs and cats. The program is offered in collaboration with the Mason Library, which provides one free book to each child who attends. Volunteer and Foster Coordinator Lauren Yunker said S.P.A.C.E. Tails is a part of the shelter’s overarching enrichment program. Interactions with children mentally stimulate the animals, as they spend most of their time bored and stressed at the shelter. 

“A lot of them calm down when they’re being read to. Some of them tend to be more kennel reactive, they may bark when visitors come by.

Pope reaffirms ban on female ordination; Catholic women divided

Debrah MiszakLansing Diocese director of consecrated vocations Dawn Hausmann with an image of Pope John Paul II. Considered a saint by the church, he established the “theology of the body,” which states that people have different roles to play in the world according to their biological sex. As American women grapple with their role in society during  a Democratic primary which has featured a record number of female candidates, American Catholic women are struggling with their position in the church. In February, the Vatican released a document summarizing the 2019 Amazon synod — a meeting of bishops and stakeholders in that region. The document did not provide a final answer on the synod’s hottest topics: the ordination of women to serve as deacons and the ordination of mature, married men to the priesthood.

Female politicians dressed down for dressing up

During the 2020 State of the State Address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressed issues of gender in politics.

While her lighthearted statement was directed at some of her co-legislators, it also addressed the issues of gender in politics and the way female politicians are treated based on their appearance.

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COMPUTERSCIENCE – A new organization, MI-Coding, is offering more teachers opportunities to teach computer science to K-12 students, including districts in Ludington, Caledonia, Iron Mountain and Beaver Island. It’s part of an effort to boost STEM learning.

MSU senior turns her passion into a business

Ondraé Lawson has always been interested in fashion. It was not until she went to a bible study she did not know was tailored toward entrepreneurs that she thought to turn what she was passionate about into a business. “I was always one of those girls that never wanted to get her clothes dirty and paid attention to every single detail of my outfit,” Lawson said. “The older I got the more freedom my mom allowed me to express myself through my clothes. I would draw and customize my things and dress differently.”

Lawson is the creator of Saint Ondres luxury clothing brand that specializes in men’s and women’s street wear and women’s swimwear.

Sparty Island looks to become a staple in East Lansing

MSU junior Richard Allen III has begun his own business, Sparty Island, that specializes in Coney Island style food. There had been a demand for an authentic coney style restaurant in East Lansing due to there being a large demographic of students from the Metro Detroit area where Coney Islands are popular. Allen has just begun his journey and allowed us to speak about the business on opening day of Sparty Island.

Misconceptions of Multilingualism

In this video, I wanted to discuss the misconceptions of being multilingual. Although learning a new language for everyone isn’t the same, it is something that is definitely obtainable. Many people believe that it is just too hard to fluently speak more then one language, but according to my sources this is not true. There are also plenty of ways to go about learning a new language. With technology being as advanced as it is there are videos that can walk people through step by step as well as books just in case people want to learn outside of the classroom.

The benefits of summer camps for kids

School is out and the children are free, but parents still have to go to work. Keeping your kids busy doesn’t have to be stressful. Camps that offer activities like field trips, sports and art classes are a great way to keep your child occupied this summer. Becky Raden, coordinator at Pinckney Pirate Camp, says that getting your child involved in a summer camp can be a great opportunity for them. “Our goal is that the kids stay active, are having fun and are well supervised because this is their summer vacation,” Raden said.

Who’s teaching our kids about Independence Day?

Next week, the country will celebrate Independence Day. The day is usually filled with lots of red, white and blue shirts, small waving flags and spectacular fireworks, but is the meaning of the day still known and appreciated? A study by the American National Election Studies showed that the level of patriotism in the United States has in fact gone down, most commonly in millennials. Some believe this trend is because of social institutions, however, others believe the decline in American patriotism is because of our education system. Debbie Loukotka, an elementary school teacher who is known for taking her American pride seriously, says that teaching patriotism is more by choice.