Several students in Walled Lake, Michigan, a city about 20 miles northwest of Detroit, said they have been put through the fire when classes moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, leaving them stressed out and voicing their opinions on the workload they have been getting these past few weeks. College students in Walled Lake, which has about 7,000 residents, said they’re like many students in Michigan who are stressed with the added work this semester has given them. Tasks at hand
“I feel like in some ways my workload has doubled even though I’m taking the same amount of credits as I usually do,” said, Emily Goins, an Oakland Community College student. “Learning in a remote environment is very different from learning face-to-face, and personally it is a lot more difficult to retain the information when I am teaching it to myself.”
Oakland Community College (OCC) – Highland Lakes Campus located in Waterford has remained closed for months only allowing calls to the offices of OCC. Credit: Lance Limbo
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small businesses to close all across the state and people are being told to stay home. This has put a stop to sports practice times and seasons for professional and young athletes. But one dance studio found a way to continue keeping its students active while stuck at home. Dance City West in Lansing was in the middle of its competition season with recital quickly approaching in May. When Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all non-essential businesses to close, the studio locked its doors.
For young people struggling to embrace their identity, online astrology forums can be a safe space. The use of social media has taken astrology to new heights. Quizzes, guides and other articles written around the Zodiac signs tend to be a running theme on young media sites like Buzzfeed, babe and Refinery29, which are widely circulated on social media platforms.
Facebook groups are popular for users interested in a particular topic, and some of the more dedicated groups can foster a sense of community. Enter “the stars say you’re a loser,” one of the largest and most active astrology communities on Facebook. With 7,000+ members and thousands more added each month, it’s hard to believe that it has only been around for a year.
By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — After some courts failed to comply with federal law, a proposed rule by the Michigan’s Supreme Court aims to stop courts from posting individuals’ personal information on the Internet. “The point of it is to protect individuals that might be the victims of stalking or other crimes,” said John Nevin, communications director for the court. But some judges worry the new rule is redundant and too vague. Currently, a federal law shields those with protection orders from having their information put on the Internet, Nevin said. But Nevin said the proposed rule would draw more attention and reinforce the federal law.
By STEPHEN INGBER
Capital News Service
LANSING – Would you send your child to an online virtual school? Many schools around the state are now offering supplemental courses online. “Having these classes has only enriched the curriculum,” said Scott Moellenberndt, superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools. The district has added foreign language options that it could not afford before. “We are not losing any money at all,” said Moellenberndt of the extra classes.