Spotlight is The State News' section of centerpiece stories — long-form and in-depth articles that shine a spotlight on relevant issues and people. Many of these pieces are featured on the front cover our weekly print editions.
Mental health illnesses and disorders are common in our society. Yet the stigma around diagnoses, symptoms and treatment still discourages many from getting the help they deserve.
For homeless people in the Ingham County area, the pandemic has given them a spark of grace during an otherwise time of struggle as the state, Ingham County and Michigan State University have worked to address homelessness in East Lansing.
The roles and responsibilities of MSU's Resident Assistants have changed dramatically during COVID-19, and some RAs struggle to feel fulfilled while being there for their residents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many types of losses 2014 loss of loved ones, businesses, identity, career opportunities, community, the college experience. These losses have changed the way community members experience their day-to-day lives.
Female athletes find themselves in a daily battle between embracing their strength and loving their bodies. Four MSU student athletes share their journey's with body image.
In October, there are many promotional events and leasing weeks for apartment complexes like Chandler Crossings. This encourages people to make decisions quickly about the next year. Many leases are signed almost a year in advance, so students can move in before the fall semester.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended to restrict traveling to limit the spread of COVID-19. This means some couples had to get creative with maintaining romance during the pandemic.
Programs include the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Workshop, Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct program (RVSM), MSU’s Center for Survivors, and MSU’s Sexual Assault Healthcare Program.
For both Ph.D. candidates Anna Wilcoxson and Clay Oppenhuizen, the novel coronavirus has affected their students' academic lives, as well as their own. As GTAs, the pressure to produce results from their students is higher than years past.
MSU's class of 2020 is headed into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Now, they're worried about finding post-graduation opportunities in the middle of a financial crisis.
With universities closed nationwide and executive orders calling for people to stay home, many students have found themselves struggling with mental health in ways they hadn’t before.
"It’s got to the point where I’m wondering if I can move back to school in the fall and live off-campus again ... I’m just stressing about next semester already.”