Posts by: Abbie Newton

Exposure 4/8/14: Mental Health

In lieu of Mental Health Awareness Week on Michigan State’s campus, Host Abbie Newton delves into the topic of mental health. She speaks with Director of Student Health Education at Olin Health Center Dennis Martell about the prevalence of mental health illnesses on campus. She also has several students share personal stories about mental health. Among them, Jill Passanante, Zach DeRade, Marisa Martini and James Conwell.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2014: April 7 to April 12

Mental health illnesses are increasingly becoming more prominent on college campuses. As mental health is vital in our lives, the MSU and East Lansing community have come together for the inaugural Mental Health Awareness Week. Themed, “Release the Stigma,” the week will shed light on the importance of mental health, as well as the prevalence of mental health illnesses on campus. Various events, activities and conversations will be put on during the week. Together, we stand as Spartans and Release the Stigma. Complete information can be found on the Facebook page.

Operation Freefall sheds light on sexual assault

People usually go sky-diving to experience the thrill and cross it off the bucket list. But, in 2001 a woman named Kelly Greene used skydiving as a tool to empower and overcome her past. She was sexually assaulted, but instead of fearing the anniversary of the assault, she decided to overcome another fear of hers: heights. Now, Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Intervention Team is joining the initiative. Volunteers are raising money and some will even be jumping from an airplane. Exposure Director Abbie Newton talks with MSU psychology student Brianna Jecmen about the Intervention Team and Operation Freefall. For more information on how to make donations, click here.

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MSU student to bike across America to assist affordable housing efforts

Michigan State University student Madeline Valentine has decided to bike across the country this summer. She will be participating in a ride with Bike & Build, which is an organization that uses biking as a way to fund and assist affordable housing efforts. Exposure Host Abbie Newton spoke with Madeline about her upcoming journey.

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MSU student veteran sees the rehabilitation power of biking

MSU senior Logan Stark is not your typical student. He served as a Marine Sniper in 3 deployments, one of which was in Afghanistan. Since his return he has taken up biking as a way to mentally and physically heal from the war. In doing so, he discovered a way he could help fellow veterans rehabilitate through a program called Ride to Recovery. Exposure host Abbie Newton spoke with him about the project and its potential impact.

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Exposure 3.25.14: NCAA economics, biking, western music and Sexual Assault Intervention

Host Abbie Newton brings you the economics behind the NCAA Tournaments. She speaks with MSU Economics professor, Ron Fisher, about the business of the NCAA Tournaments. She talks with MSU student Madeline Valentine about biking across the United States for Bike N’ Build. Veteran Marine sniper Logan Stark visits the studio to talk about a new biking rehabilitation program he is bringing to East Lansing. Later on the show, we talk about the Sexual Assault Intervention Team using skydiving as a way to raise money and help people overcome sexual assault. Abbie ends the show with a little Western music as she speaks with Ranger Doug from Riders in the Sky.

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Russia President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea, Black Sea Peninsula

Russia President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill that would annex the Black Sea Peninsula, bringing Crimea into the Russian Federation. This happened after an estimated 97 percent of Crimea voters supported a referendum for a union to Russia. While that number has questionable validity, the US and Europe don’t recognize the vote, saying that it was illegal. To fully understand the situation and its potential impacts, Exposure Host Abbie Newton invited Assistant Professor of the Department of History Matthew Pauly into the studio.

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5K to benefit Ronald McDonald House

On March 22, the Ronald McDonald House will be hosting a “Run for the House 5K.” The event will raise funds for the house, which is in Lansing and serves families of children being hospitalized. Exposure host Abbie Newton spoke with MSU student and Piper and Gold interns Beau Hayhoe and Sydney DeLage about the run.

 

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