Uber ride-sharing service may be under threat in Michigan

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing 

LANSING – Uber, a worldwide ride-sharing company priding itself in efficient service and safety through a downloadable app, may be in trouble in the state of Michigan. On March 25, Uber drivers and protestors gathered at the Capitol while state legislature held a public testimony to determine the fate of Uber in the state and discuss restrictions they hope to impose on the company, except the vote is now being pushed off till a later time. The two bills, according to Mike White, Michigan’s Uber general manager, are Senate Bill 0184 and Senate Bill 0188. Michigan Legislature’s website includes full documentation detailing the two bills. The basis of Senate Bill 0184 would put transportation companies like Uber and Lyft, a ride sharing company out of Ann Arbor, at the same insurance standards as limousines while allowing cities to regulate the companies at their own discretion.

LCC hosts discussion supporting women’s rights

In recognition of women’s history month, two Lansing Community College professors hosted a discussion based upon the HBO documentary “Iron Jawed Angels.”

The viewing took place Tuesday, March 11 in LCC’s library, where a Women’s History Month Display can be found in the atrium until March 31.  The film provided insight into the persistence of women like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, played by Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor respectively, during the long and much-resisted suffragette movement. History professor Anne Heutsche, who co-hosted the event with department colleague Jeff Janowick, said that providing such events is important to her because she feels that there is still quite a bit of work to be done to raise awareness about women’s rights. “This is a compelling [and] crucial part of our history, and I would argue that most people do not know of this history,” she said.  “We are standing on the backs of our foremothers without really acknowledging their contributions to the struggle of equality.”

According to Heutsche, these events help students look at issues from a broader perspective. LCC library liaison Lidiya Grote said that along with women’s history events, the library also features displays on Native American history, Black history and more. “Diversity events are important because we do live in a global society,” Grote said.

Mason students receive free tuition at The Early College at LCC

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer

On Monday, Feb. 10, Steve Rosales showed a presentation about The Early College at LCC, a free program he directs, to the Mason Board of Education. All Ingham County sophomores are invited to apply to The Early College, informally known as TEC. Students in TEC leave their high schools and receive a blended high school and college education for three years. Rosales, who works for Lansing Community College, compared the program to taking an 11th, 12th and 13th grade program.

Mason School Board signs preliminary agreement

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—The Mason School Board announced Monday that this fall, students will be able to learn college credits while studying at Mason High School. The agreement would allow high school students to earn community college credit while completing their graduation requirements at the high school. According to Mason School District Trustee Peter Curtis, this agreement is meant to help create a more seamless transition between education levels. “This is a great opportunity for students to get a running start for college,” Curtis said. Curtis said juniors and seniors will be able to earn credits at the high school and won’t have to travel to the college.

LCC concerned about education

Erica Zazo
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer

LANSING, MI- Lansing Community College students, faculty and administrators feel left in the dark during the presidential debates with regards to education policy. With two of three presidential debates completed, the LCC community thinks candidates should focus more on education policy. “I would like to hear them talk about education in community colleges, and how that will help with economic recovery,” said Todd Heywood, candidate running for an LCC Board of Trustee position. Matt Bedard, president of the LCC Republican Club said education is the bedrock of our nations future, and the current system is in need of dire reform. “Education seems to be the one thing that everyone can agree on, at least partially,” Bedard said.

LCC concerned about education

Erica Zazo
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer

LANSING, MI- Lansing Community College students, faculty and administrators feel left in the dark during the presidential debates with regards to education policy. With two of three presidential debates completed, the LCC community thinks candidates should focus more on education policy. “I would like to hear them talk about education in community colleges, and how that will help with economic recovery,” said Todd Heywood, candidate running for an LCC Board of Trustee position. Matt Bedard, president of the LCC Republican Club said education is the bedrock of our nations future, and the current system is in need of dire reform. “Education seems to be the one thing that everyone can agree on, at least partially,” Bedard said.

International student population up at some community college

By WEI YU
Capital News Service
LANSING – The number of international students at some community colleges – including those in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Wayne County – is increasing, according to the Michigan Community College Association. South Korea, China and India are the top places of origin for them, and business, health careers and computers are their most popular fields of study. Evan Montague, dean of student services at Lansing Community College (LCC), said the college has a strong international student population with 400 students from 56 countries out of 20,000 in total. To ease their transition to a new environment, the college holds an international orientation. LCC also has an international student services coordinator who assists students in connecting with campus academic support, as well as an international student department and an active international student club.