Saturday, February 24, 2024

Life | Community

“Having a professor that looks like you is important because it shows what’s possible and it, at times, can provide a sense of belonging, where you’re not feeling isolated,” Sheri Lewis, an assistant professor in the Department of African American and African Studies, said. “You see there’s someone that looks like you, (and) possibly have (a) similar background as you, it can be motivating and inspiring and provides a sense of hope and belonging.”

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Native American Heritage Month celebrates community, highlights issues within MSU

November is Native American Heritage month, and with different events and programming taking place around campus, some community members of MSU feel that the university itself needs to do a better job to support the Native people and organizations. Ranging from things like the lack of recognition of the land grant, lack of funding and lack of support as a whole, community members look to change the treatment and role of Indigenous people at MSU.


International foods in Lansing support a melting pot of cultures

“Food is so inherent to culture and makes folks feel welcomed, included and safe,” said director of refugee services for St. Vincent Catholic Charities, or SVCC, Chelsea Lafferty. “As an agency, we don’t try to acclimate folks’ diets to Western diets. We encourage them to keep their cultural identity and embrace that.”


East Lansing residents reflect on living in a college town

For many, the prospect of living in an area surrounded by college students might seem unpleasant. College campuses are known for atypical traditions like loud parties, students roaming around at late hours and jam-packed roads on game days. For East Lansing residents who don't attend Michigan State University, these instances can create distractions for their day-to-day lives. For others, however, living in a college town makes an unforgettable experience.