Looking back of the week of January 22-28
The Residence Halls Association, or RHA, moved forward in the creation of a gender-neutral housing policy when members unanimously voted to make Gender Neutral MSU a sponsored group last Wednesday.
Many agree the creation of the group was a successful step in building community support for a university policy on gender-neutral housing.
Members of Gender Neutral MSU have been working to generate student support for a university policy on gender-neutral housing since the beginning of the fall semester. The policies they advocate, if implemented by the university, would allow students to opt to live with someone of the opposite sex.
Carole Ames, the dean of the College of Education, announced this week she will step down from her position Aug. 15 this year
Ames, who has spent almost 20 years in the College of Education said she stepped down because the college is in “good shape” and she said she thinks it is time for another to take her place.
During her tenure, Ames helped the college develop urban education programs and begin one of the first online master’s education programs.
With the Obama Administration putting an increased emphasis on relations with China, education across borders, or seas rather, has become a big piece of the puzzle.
Although the administration has not supplied funding for programs supporting this new initiative to further engage China and Chinese students, MSU interaction with China has been increasing rapidly throughout the past few years.
Through research, study abroad and focus on the importance of international students, emphasis on China is nothing new for Spartans.
Everyone’s eyes are on the state budget and the East Lansing Police Department isn’t any different.
With the future of revenue sharing throughout Michigan in a state of uncertainty and the city’s dwindling public service budget, the East Lansing Police Department’s finances could be in store for more cuts.
Training, equipment and personnel expenditures in the department have been cut throughout the past few years for lack of funding and although the department’s budget is secure through June 31, officers are unsure what future budgets will look like.
Emphasizing bipartisanship and the importance of investing in education and research to boost the economy, President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Obama asked Congress to maintain a permanent federal tuition tax credit worth $10,000 between four years in order to increase the number of college graduates nationwide.
Obama also proposed a five-year freeze on nonsecurity, discretionary spending.
State Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, announced last week he plans on reintroducing a medical amnesty bill which would establish legal safeguards for minors who overconsume alcohol and seek medical help.
Meadows said the text of the bill likely will be identical to a bill Congress examined last year on the same issue.
The bill that died last session passed overwhelmingly in the state House, which was controlled by Democrats. Meadows does not believe the issue to be partisan, though, because the legislation overwhelmingly passed the House in October 2009.