Seniors’ discussion forum a place for cordial debate on current issues

I wrote this article as part of a group project for my JRN 400 class. We did a series on East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center’s Prime Time Senior Program. It was published on May 2, 2012 on our class website.

Seniors’ discussion forum a place for cordial debate on current issues

By Nicole LaChance

In a small room on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, a group of senior citizens, after getting in their “hellos” and chit chat, settle around a table.

Behind them sits a board detailing the day’s topics of discussion: ex-presidents, a recent string of tornados, stand your ground laws. If it’s in the news, it’s fair game Continue reading


New LBGT Organization Hopes to Assist Those Working in Law Enforcement

This was an article I wrote for my JRN 400 class. It was published May 2, 2012 on our class website. I also made the side bar included in the article.

New LGBT Organization Hopes to Assist Those Working in Law Enforcement


Spartan Online Newsroom

Additional Resources
ALPACT-Forum examining police and community relations and the discriminatory enforcement of laws. 
ACA-Oldest international corrections organization serving all corrections-related disciplines. 
MCOLES-Sets standards for law enforcement and criminal justice in Michigan. 
Suits and the City-Professional LGBT and ally networking. 
Ties Like Me-Professional LGBT and ally networking.

About 12 years ago, R Cole Bouck attended a conference that gave him an idea: launching an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered criminal justice professionals to educate fellow workers, and the community, on important issues the LGBT community faces. In 2010, after much planning, MI-Goal was born. Continue reading

University Lacks Diversity in Department Chairs

This article was written for my JRN 400 class and was published on our class website on March 26, 2012. I also created the accompanying graphs.

University Lacks Diversity in Department Chairs

by Nicole LaChance

Michigan State University has more than 100 departments, but falls short when it comes to having diverse leadership. Of all the department chairs at MSU, only 16 percent are women and 11 percent are minorities. Continue reading

Lansing’s Old Town Revived With Local, Diverse Business Owners

This article was published on February 8, 2012 on Spartan Online Newsroom and was written for my JRN 400 class. I also made the accompanying graphic.

Lansing’s Old Town Revived With Local, Diverse Business Owners

by Nicole LaChance

Spartan Online Newsroom

Just 20 years ago, Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood was full of broken down, empty buildings.  Today, thanks to the Old Town Main Street Program and the dedicated efforts of local residents, just 7 percent of the neighborhoods buildings remain empty, a sure sign of a turnaround. The once non-existent small business community is now filled with a diverse, supporting group of people. Continue reading

Take an ecofriendly Great Lakes break

This was written for my JRN 472 class and published on Great Lakes Echo on April 28, 2011.

Take an ecofriendly Great Lakes break

By Nicole LaChance

Between gas and fast food, a relaxing retreat can be hard on the planet. You can help by bringing a refillable water bottle and buying snacks in bulk before leaving.

Other tips for eco-vacations are at the Michigan Green Lodging page or The International Ecotourism Society. Some Great Lakes getaways try to ease the planet’s burden and provide fun for travelers. A few eco-friendly vacation ideas in the region: Continue reading

Indiana bottle bill fails

This was written for my JRN 472 class and published on Great Lakes Echo on April 22, 2011.

Indiana bottle bill fails

By Nicole LaChance

In many Great Lakes states, countless soda bottles are tossed aside, never to see a recycling bin. The same goes for used medicine containers, juice bottles and food containers that are otherwise doomed for a landfill.

An Indiana state representative tried to divert these containers from the dump. Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Crothersville, introduced a bill in January to put a five-cent deposit on all plastic containers holding beverages, dietary supplements and food and food ingredients. Continue reading