DIY Emergency Preparedness College Starter Kit

Lauren Mitchell

As a student at Muskegon Community College I have found there are certain things that make the education process a lot smoother. Most ready for college lists focus on dorm room items. Here at MCC there are no dorms, so everything on the list is focused elsewhere for success in school. While not absolutely necessary, all of these items will help you get through your classes easier. I generally stock up on most of these items during the back to school sales to last me the whole year. If I do need to replace anything I often hit the dollar store to save money.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Flash drives
Stapler/ staples
Laptop/ tablet
VISA card for the vending machines
Post-it flags/ index cards
Pain reliever (Tylenol/ Advil)
Facial tissues
Candy/ snacks
Water bottle
Power strip
Phone charger
#2 pencils (either mechanical or add a sharpener too)
Large backpack

Feel Good Now


By: Emily Guiles
When it comes to following your dreams, it isn’t always the best thing to wait for your dreams to come to you, sometimes you have to make them come true for yourself.
This was the mindset of Rachel Greenberg and Joshua Guiles when they started their business Feel Good Now, which is an expanding film, photography and marketing business. Since its start Feel Good Now (FGN) has evolved into an illustrious business and Guiles said that in the beginning neither he nor Greenberg knew exactly which direction it would lead. However, as the company has grown it has led into the music scene and now music is FGN’s main business endeavor.

Speak Like a Girl

By: Emily Guiles

Usually the terms ‘run like a girl’, ‘throw like a girl’, or ‘act like a girl’ are considered insults, usually towards those of the male gender.
However, Olivia Gatwood and Megan Falley are attempting to re-conquer these terms through their spoken word poetry tour called, “Speak Like A Girl”.
Fierce feminists, Gatwood and Falley come from two different backgrounds. Falley. A published poet, and Gatwood a slam poetry heavy weight, but they have come together to perfect their craft and bring awareness to their cause through the constructive use of their art.
Although they are one of the first spoken word poet duos to go on the road, they do not consider themselves to be pioneers in their field.
Falley states, “I wouldn’t call us pioneers, but I think that taking the show on the road just the two of us is, hopefully, lighting a torch… for more women to do shows together.”
Falley also went on to comment that spoken word poetry itself is an old art form, and can be dated back to ancient times when all they had was word of mouth and spoken stories.
In most instances poetry comes from personal experience and personal heart ache. This is also true when it comes to Gatwood and Falley’s writing.
Gatwood said that she learns to check out during highly emotional performances, but that it is also crucial to have a genuine performance, and putting yourself in the appropriate mental state.
Although these women are feminists they do not alienate men from their audience, on the contrary they want men to listen and learn from their poetry. It was important to both Gatwood and Falley to include men in their shows and reiterate that not all men are inherently bad or malicious towards women, but that it does happen.
At the beginning of their performance Gatwood and Falley had all the girls in the audience raise their hands if they had ever been cat called or made uncomfortable by the forwardness of a stranger, and every girl in the audience raised their hands. Both hoped that something like this would open the eyes of the men in the audience and help them to understand some of the unwanted attention that women receive.
Gatwood commented, “not all men have sexually assaulted someone, but all women have in some way been made to feel uncomfortable in that way.”
Following their performance at Muskegon Community College, which was their first stop on their tour, Gatwood and Falley gave audiences a chance to buy their poetry books, and get a chance to have them signed. Everyone in the audience lined up, it took an hour and a half to get through everyone. And about three quarters of the way through both Gatwood and Falley sold out, and had to start taking down addresses to mail the books at a later date.
This performance was made possible by the Muskegon Writing Center and its chair, Mary Tyler, who was present.