Sexual objectification: Is it a problem? How do we solve it?

EAST LANSING, Mich. — During Halloween in 2016, Sharon Thomas, a human biology major at University of Michigan, was walking through the neighborhood of Cedar Village around 8 p.m. when a man called her from across the street. “He said, ‘Hey, baby, you look fine,’ then he ran over to me from across the road,” said Thomas.  “I didn’t really register what he was doing at the moment.”

Thomas said the man ran up to her and grabbed her waist while complimenting her. She pushed him away physically, but she couldn’t get him out of her mind.

Known your currency when studying or traveling abroad

The experience of studying abroad has many benefits for students. According to a survey done by the Institute for International Education of Students, 97 percent of students who were surveyed admitted that studying abroad helped increase maturity and 95 percent said it had a lasting impact on their worldview. Before any student should jump into traveling abroad there are some things you need to prepare for. One of the many things is knowing your locations and keeping track of your money, especially when having to change currency. “Many colleges and universities in the U.S. make it so that students do not have to worry about money on a daily basis during their undergraduate career,” says Jarlath McGuckin, an enrollment manager for Council on International Educational Exchange.

PHOTOS: Eating on less than $20 per week

The relationship between college students and food assistance has been very scarce since the U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy requirements changed and was then adapted by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2011. This has affected various college students when it comes to paying for constant groceries, especially student Cahlan Gillard-Tucker, a junior at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He opened up and showed a day in the grocery store for him — from budgeting, coupon cutting, and hoping to find sale sides in every aisle. Groceries can get quite expensive for Tucker when you only have less than $20 in assistance to work with.

Less state money means colleges, students struggle

Capital News Service
LANSING — State funding for higher education has seen a dramatic reduction in the past few decades — and students are feeling the budget squeeze. Despite increases in the past four years, Michigan spending on higher education is still 4 percent below 2011 when funds were slashed – and still lagging nearly 28 percent behind pre-recession funding, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C.
That amounts to an average $1,631 less per student than in 2008. “When one looks at the long view of state investment in higher education, it marks a rather dramatic decline,” said Daniel Hurley, chief executive officer of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, which lobbies on behalf of the 15 state universities. Representative and Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee member Jeff Irwin, D–Ann Arbor, said the lack of funding for higher education is irresponsible. “Higher education used to be a tool used by the public through state government to enhance social mobility, to give people a hand up, to give people an opportunity to develop their skills and contribute more to their community and to their family, and the state government has turned its back on that responsibility,” he said.

Meridian Police Department Youth Academy brings law-enforcement education to students

By Samantha VanHoef
The Meridian Times

Haslett High School junior Kailea Williams has always wanted to be a police officer. But for as long as she can remember, Williams has been told by classmates that she shouldn’t. Williams has been told she would get killed, shot in the face, or not be allowed because she is a girl. But on Wednesday nights, Williams gets a taste of the job she dreams of. “People can tell you everything bad about it … but you just feel like you need to do (the job),” Williams said.

Advanced Placement High School students are just as stressed as college students

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose;” a quote from Dr. Seuss written across the board of Lothar Konietzko’s Advanced Placement class as a little motivation for the young AP students beginning this journey of education. Konietzko is one of five AP teachers at Everett High School in Lansing, teaching a large variety of students the basic high school courses such as History and English but on the same level as a college freshman. About 60 percent of U.S. high schools and 15,000 high schools worldwide offer Advanced Placement classes, according to a report from the College Foundation of North Carolina. Everett has 124 AP students, according to a school official. “Getting them to commit to the level of expectation for reading more and expected to be young college students,” said Konietzko.

Is it time to liven up Lansing?

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-There’s no denying that East Lansing’s downtown scene can keep students occupied, but doing the same thing night after night can turn dull. However, an increase in boredom has still not increased the amount of students giving Downtown Lansing a try. With being just 5 miles up Michigan Avenue from East Lansing, Lansing should seem like the next best thing. However, Michigan State University Professor Bonnie Knutson, an expert in changing consumer lifestyle and buying trends; strategic brand marketing; and marketing research, has found otherwise. When Knutson had a client opening a Mexican restaurant in the Eastwood Towne Center, located west of U.S. Highway 127 and just north of Lake Lansing Road, she tried to help her client attract more students to the area.

Citizens debate factors behind student success

By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin
The Meridian Times

The Okemos School Board heard some concerns Feb. 9 that district administrators are relying too heavily on state expectations and standardized tests. The district’s School Improvement Plan offered three goals aimed at student proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. While some school board and community members say these goals are fundamental building blocks, others, like school board Secretary Vincent Lyon-Callo, said that a modernized process of education needs to be established. Lyon-Callo worried that holding students to a definitive meaning of success by state standards would stifle some students’ potential.

Keep kids in school, cops say, or they may end up in jail

Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan police officers are hoping to lessen the frequency of suspensions and expulsions in the state’s schools to help fight crime. The problem with out-of-school suspensions is students might not be supervised when they are told not to come to school, said Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Dave Schnurstein. “Sending them home can be an adequate punishment but in many households, and certainly in many lower income households, the kids are just home alone,” Schnurstein said. “Some kids, that’s what they’re hoping for. “When they’re not at school then they have the opportunity to get in criminal acts,” he said.