Grand Central Magazine is an online publication at Central Michigan University with a focus on feature stories. I wrote a handful of articles for them between October, 2014 and February, 2015.

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How To: Survive Valentine’s Day when you’re single
Feb. 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day sets high standards on romance for couples. It also makes single men and women aware that they don’t have a partner on a day they supposedly should.

But who says this day has to be filled with dread for singles? No one should feel ashamed for their single status – in fact they should embrace it.

Celebrate Solo
* Show your friends and family that you appreciate them. Give them homemade cards and some quality time.
* Go out on a “date” with some of your other single friends.
* Settle down with a lot of candy and spend the evening watching romantic movies. See which one makes you sick first (this also has potential to turn into a drinking game).
* Devote time to a neglected hobby – or take a trip to the gym to de-stress.

Read the rest here:
How To: Survive Valentine’s Day when you’re single_PDF format

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Q & A: Understanding Hanukkah
Dec. 26, 2014

As Christmas trees go up, lights are strung on houses, and street lamps and carolers prepare their favorite songs, few stop to think about the other holidays that take place during this time of year.

Grand Central sat down with Ann Arbor senior Josh Stutesman, president of the Jewish organization, Hillel, at Central Michigan University, to learn more about one of them: Hanukkah.

Grand Central: What is Hanukkah about?
Josh Stutesman: It celebrates the fact that there was enough oil in the temple that was destroyed during a battle. There was enough to be used for eight days and eight nights – that’s where the time frame for this holiday comes from. That was the time needed to rebuild the temple, so it’s a celebration of that event.

GC: What does Hanukkah mean today? Why is it important?
JS: It’s important because it gives people a chance to be thankful and to come together as a family to celebrate those eight nights together. It’s not one of the more major days in Judaism, to be honest. When it comes to actual practiced holidays, compared to media-portrayed holidays, Hanukkah isn’t one of the bigger holidays we have.

Read the rest here:
Q & A: Understanding Hanukkah_PDF format

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Seeking social change: the SAGE movement
Oct. 30, 2014

Chants rang through the cool October air as peaceful protesters marched to Warriner Hall on Tuesday to request that Central Michigan University expels rapists.

“Survivors are at CMU! The rapists shouldn’t be here, too,” and “We pay 20k a year! We shouldn’t have to live in fear,” were two of the many phrases the protesters shouted.

The Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE) are asking a policy change in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures that will make expulsion the minimum sanction for convicted rapists. The protest began at 10 a.m. and about 30 people showed up for the march at 1 p.m., while others came and went to pick up flyers. One of the messages on the flyers said, “At CMU, you could be expelled for plagiarism, but you might not be for rape.”

SAGE President and senior Hannah Mollett said she was happy with the turnout.

“We have a lot of people that care about the issue and we’re loud and we hope that we’ll make an impact on the administration,” Mollett said.

Read the rest here:
Seeking social change: the SAGE movement_PDF format

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Central Michigan University Police Department gets technical
Oct. 13, 2014

The Central Michigan University Police Department is heading online – and not to bust criminals.

Recently, the police station has gained 1,000 followers on Twitter, which they use as an additional method to make students on campus feel safe and secure.

Lieutenant Cameron Wassman, who manages the account, said the police department started the Twitter account @cmupd back in May and had about 500 followers when the school year started. The goal of the account is reach out to students to keep them feeling informed and safe. Wassman said he believes CMUPD should have gotten involved with Twitter years ago.

“I believe that a presence on social media is important to get information out in a concise and timely fashion,” Wassman said. “We want members of the CMU community to know important information that may affect them as it happens. Students should feel safe and like they can approach us with any questions or concerns they might have.”

Read the rest here:
CMUPD gets technical_PDF format

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