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Campus free speech subject of new state bill

Courtesy NPR

Courtesy NPR

College students who block protesters or speakers from speaking on public colleges and universities would be penalized under a bill now in the state Senate.

The “Campus Free Speech Act” would penalize people who infringe on protester’s, speaker’s, student’s and professor’s first amendment rights.

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Teachers union can’t force members to wait to drop out

TeacherThe Michigan Court of Appeals says teachers who want to drop out of their union can’t be forced to wait. The court upheld earlier rulings that struck down the Michigan Education Association policy that members who want to leave the union have to wait for an August “opt-out” period. The court said that violates the state’s “right-to-work” law.
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Michigan bound passengers aboard Titanic focus of lecture in Flint

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Nearly 70 passengers aboard the Titanic were heading for Michigan.

Their stories are the focus of a lecture this Thursday at the Sloan Museum in Flint.

The Great Lakes Titanic Connection is hosting the lecture.

Margaret Micoff is the president of the Titanic connection.

“In it’s own way, through us, we’ll also help the younger generations that’s coming up realize that these were people who were alive that had dreams and everything else, if you can touch on that, if you can get them to really feel deeply about something like that, then possibly, just possibly, we can get them to feel deeply about their ancestors.”

Micoff said historians and group members will talk about Michigan bound Titanic passengers, and the history of the famous shipwreck.

“We like to preserve the memories of the passengers. We’d love to preserve them all, but we’re geared toward the Michigan passengers at the present.”

Micoff said the organization is raising money to create the state’s first Titanic memorial in Marine City.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7 pm, at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St Flint, MI 48503.

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.