Category Archives: Education

CMU discusses hazing complaint

A number of departments at Central Michigan University are looking into allegations of hazing. One student went to the hospital after, he says, people at the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity smeared peanut butter on his face while he was passed out. He’s allergic to peanuts. The incident occurred in October. It was finally reported this week.

University officials they’ve reached out to the – now former- student and his family. Officials say the fraternity where the incident occurred is not a CMU frat. The group was removed from campus in 2011, and has not been allowed back in, despite making requests.

Damon Brown is Director of the Office of Student Activities at CMU. He says when a fraternity is removed from campus, it can become a problem, “We do not like having groups off campus not be recognized, that’s a bad recipe. And if you look at most institutions across the country, any institution will say that’s a bad thing, because there is no control at that point in time.”

Brown says CMU will investigate the alleged hazing incident, even though it occurred off campus at an recognized group because it involved one or more students.
The university lists unrecognized fraternities on its website, you can view the page here http://fraternitysororitylife.orgsync.com/Unrecognized_Organizations

Health expert to speak on eating disorders next month

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An expert on eating disorders will be speaking in Mount pleasant next month as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week.


According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder. That includes anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Rachael Steil is an author and speaker, and an advocate for people with eating disorders. She said in college, she dealt with her own personal form of an eating disorder.

“I was in a big state of denial, which a lot of people are these days, because we this image of eating disorders of being someone who is super thin. Part of my goal is to break the stigma and show that eating disorders could be any weight or size.”

Steil said often, the best thing you can do to help someone with an eating disorder is listen. She said some signs of an eating disorder include isolation, strict dieting and overexercising.

Steil (style) will be speaking at Center of Hope Counseling on March 2nd.

Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.