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The State – 02/21/24

Today’s weather forecast is predicting cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon with a high of 58 degrees and a low of 39 degrees.

Lansing nonprofit provides literacy services to the community

The Capital Area Literacy Coalition, or CALC, provides literacy programs and other services to members of the Greater Lansing community. Under the leadership of CALC Executive Director Barbara Schmidt, the organization focuses on connecting with immigrant families, K-12 students and lower-income households through literacy programs.

The CALC’s Library and Book Exchange program runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes thousands of books of various genres and age groups on-site. For those unable to attend the Library hours during the week, the library is open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

When entering the library, community members are encouraged to take as many books as they wish. The library contains thousands of books and provides a box for guests to fill up.

The Library and Book Exchange is open to anyone and everyone, and requires no sign-up or registration.

CALC also offers a General Education Development, or GED, program, directed by Will LeCorn. This initiative aids clients in earning a high school diploma which is a crucial stepping stone toward higher education or career pursuits. The program, engaging around one-hundred active clients, caters to individual needs with tailored learning plans.

MSU College of Law Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association condemn racism after classroom incident

The MSU College of Law Student Bar Association (SBA) passed a resolution giving its unwavering support to the MSU Black Law Students Association (BLSA) after a Jan. 11 racial incident at the College of Law.

“The SBA is committed to fostering academic and social interaction among students, faculty, alumni, administration, and the board of trustees of the College of Law, and to promoting the welfare of the College of Law, and to promoting diversity, professionalism, and service within the legal community,” the resolution, which was passed unanimously on Feb. 5, reads.

The resolution, which is “in support of unity, respect, and positive change,” states that it is being communicated to the entire MSU College of Law community and the Board of Trustees as a “testament to SBA’s dedication to creating a diverse, inclusive, and respectful academic community.”

According to a statement the BLSA issued via social media on Feb. 1, a white student used a racial slur in an 80-person classroom with six Black students present on Jan. 11, causing questions and concerns to arise on the lack of response from the college.

The Jan. 11 incident comes after a number of racial incidents have occurred on campus towards Black students and other marginalized students since the fall semester.

APASO celebrates 21st annual Cultural Vogue at Wharton Center

The Asian Pacific American Student Organization, or APASO, hosted their annual Cultural Vogue event last Saturday. Michigan State University students gathered in Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall to celebrate and honor Asian heritage and traditions through performances from various student organizations affiliated with APASO.

APASO was founded in 1982 in a response to the lack of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) representation on MSU’s campus, as well as the hate crime and murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man who resided in Detroit.

Students said during their performance that there were countless times the Board of Trustees and MSU Interim President Teresa Woodruff failed the students of MSU by neglecting to address the persistent discrimination and racism plaguing the campus. They demanded the administration include DEI resources to help the APIDA community.

Based on original reporting by Gabrielle Yeary, Demonte Thomas and Shakyra Mabone.

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Rachel Fulton, Podcast Director/News Producer
Rachel (she/her/hers) is a junior at MSU studying Journalism with a minor in Broadcasting. She found her love for radio in high school, where she was the News Director and a DJ for 89.5 WAHS Avondale Community Radio. She has been with the Impact since her Freshman year where she has continued as the News Producer for The State podcast and now our Podcasts Director. Her love for radio turned into love for Podcasting as outside of the Impact she is the Associate Producer for Lauren LoGrasso’s award-winning podcast “Unleash Your Inner Creative.” On her free time, Rachel loves to workout, swim, and cheer on her boyfriend Zack who coaches for MSU Football. “Let me fade into flashing lights”

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