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weekend Michigan State University’s independent voice | 7/17/14 | @thesnews from abroad, but staying the summer Instead of going home, some international students have ample reason to stay By Meagan Beck THE STATE NEWS I nn n summer, campus is like a ghost town. Many students go off to internships, to study abroad or to home if it’s not close to campus. For international students, going home is not always ideal. Some see working and attending summer classes as beneficial, while others use the time to explore outside of Michigan. With the hefty price of a plane ticket home and the appeal of American life holding them back from traveling home, more international students are making the choice to stay on campus over summer vacation. A time to travel Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars Peter Briggs said international students choose to stay in the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Some students may use summer vacation as an opportunity to travel to tourist spots and larger cities in the United States. “There’s a lot of things you can do when you don’t have a chance as a student,” Briggs said. He added by taking summer vacation to travel, students who are not as confident with their English speaking have the chance Seasonal ability undergraduate enrollment China to improve it. See STAYCATION on page 2 u Other U.S. Seasonal undergraduate enrollment International Korea Saudi U.S. 0 5 10 China Other 30 35 Canada Korea 15 20 25 *Figures in thousands of students TaiwanSaudi Arabia Spring 2013 Summer 2013 International India 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Canada Taiwan India *Figures in thousands of students enrollment haley kluge/The State News Spring 2013 petition Summer 2013 MSUCAC help local community Marijuana petition eyes ballot By Katie Krall THE STATE NEWS nn Recent alumni have the c ha nce to rel ive c a mpus memories with the start of MSU College Advising Corps’ month-long summer training. M SU C ol leg e A d v i s i n g Corps, or MSUCAC, is partnered with AmeriCorps and the National College Advising Corps to help low-income, first generation or underrepresented high school students move through the college enrollment process with the goal of accepting more high school students into higher educa- tion. MSUCAC focuses on both urban and rural communities. Advisers have the opportunity to serve a high school or multiple high schools for two years after graduation from MSU. The program is open to any recent graduate of any major. Second-year adviser Lorrena Johnson serves two rural high schools in the Muskegon area. “I am a first generation college student. Education changed my whole entire life,” Johnson said. “I want to try to impact as many lives as possible — especially first generation, low-income students, because a lot of the time peo- ple don’t tell you you can go to college, because your parents didn’t go.” Johnson said she went to a 98 percent African American high school with little to no diversity, but her first year at MSU allowed her to meet people from all over the world. She said her college experience opened her mind and changed her life. The chance to give other high school students the same opportunity is what made her join MSUCAC. “This is a program where we are going in as a recent college graduate, talking to See CORPS on page 2 u By Michael Kransz THE STATE NEWS nn In November, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on decriminalizing recreational marijuana use within city limits if a circulating petition garners enough signatures. The petition would allow voters to decide on marijuana reform similar to what Lansing voters enacted last year, which allows for the use, possession or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property for those age 21 or older. But there is one difference — the East Lansing measure additionally allows for those age 21 or older to transport less than one ounce of marijuana. In recent days a host of signature collectors have been hitting the city’s streets. Jeffrey Hank, an attorney and congressional hopeful spearheading the petition, said they’ve gathered nearly 1,400 signatures. Hank estimated the numbers are close to the required amount, but said they’ll continue collecting for the next few weeks. Hank is part of the Safer Michigan Coalition, which initiated petitions that success- fully reformed marijuana laws in Jackson, Ferndale and Lansing in 2013. If the petition in East Lansing goes to a vote and passes, local police could still arrest people for possession under state and federal law, Hank said. But the reform would remove financial incentive for such arrests. “The police, if they want to, can still charge you with state law,” Hank said. “In Lansing and Jackson the police have respected the will of the people. You would hope you don’t have the local police actSee PETITION on page 2 u more inside Giving life to Peter Pan Riverwalk Theatre prepares for newest show’s debut Jessalyn Tamez/The State News Fowlerville, Mich., resident Christian Thompson, 17, performs during a rehearsal Tuesday at Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, in Lansing. Features, pg. 6 MSU to pull students from Israel Official cite ongoing conflict to end study abroad program Campus+city, pg. 5

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