Hand Embroidery: A Hobby

Central Michigan University fifth-year senior Madeline Klomp destresses and keeps busy with her new hobby of hand embroidery. Klomp said she picked up the hobby after finding a bunch of old thread from her bracelet making days. Since beginning, she has created an Etsy page online where she sells her work. Klomp said hand embroidery calms her down, especially during the chaos that is finals week.


Julip the Emotional Support Animal

Central Michigan University Junior Lexi Donley opened up about her struggles with anxiety upon moving to college. Donley remembers her freshman year of college as a whirlwind, but all that changed when she adopted her cat Julip. When diagnosed, she knew she wanted to try a different route from medications, so what better medicine than a cute, fluffy cat?

Since adopting and registering Julip, Donley has seen a drastic improvement in her mental health and is medication free!


Lutheran High School Track Team Runs for a Deeper Purpose

Lutheran High School Northwest is a high school located in Rochester Hills, MI dedicated to spreading the word and love of God through all their actions. LHNW Freshman Sarah Joliff agrees with the school’s goal and does her best to show God’s glory while running. She says going to a smaller school has benefited her in many ways, as she is able to play any sports she wishes and it allows for everyone to get to know each other on a deeper level. Senior Megan Ennis says she is excited to continue her journey of faith and running at the University of Concordia.

Medical Marijuana: A Student’s Perspective

Central Michigan University student Ryan Austin Smith says that using medical marijuana has made significant changes to his daily life. Smith has struggled with tendonitis for years from playing sports throughout his middle and high school years, as well as suffered from two broken ankles. Smith says, “Smoking helps me mentally and physically. If I want to heal after a workout, or if I need creativity when doing a project. Medical marijuana allows me to complete my daily tasks without pain from my injuries.” Smith hopes that people realize the stigma revolving around marijuana isn’t true, and that it can truly benefit countless people dealing with various illnesses and ailments.

Kaya moves forward

After 16 years of business, Kaya Coffee House has found a new home indefinitely in The Malt Shop. Kaya is now located in the Alumni Room of The Malt Shop, directly across the street from their previous location in the Student Book Exchange building.

Mixed emotions filled the air as news came rolling in of the rezoning. McQuirk purchased the land where Kaya resided and requested for their removal. However, the city of Mt. Pleasant stood behind Kaya. After numerous appearances in court, the owners of the old Kaya location, SBX, forced them out by not resigning their lease.

According to CMLife article, Kaya Coffee Shop owners Emily Miller and Abigail Chambers looked forward to the move. Chambers said, “The more it became a realization that we weren’t going to be re-signing our lease, we started talking to The Malt Shop again. It just ended up being the right move for us.” Miller said, “We are overjoyed to be uniting under roof with The Malt Shop -such an iconic staple of Mt. Pleasant. We are extremely optimistic and excited for what the future has in store for Kaya.”

Malt Shop co-owner Tim Otteman said in the press release regarding the relocation, “We are thrilled to have another locally successful business share our space. Not only does it allow Kaya to stay vibrant on CMU’s north end, it also allows for some exciting partnerships related to entertainment and special events.”

Employee of two years Paul says the change is different, but good. He said, “It’s different because we were in the previous spot for so long it became home, but The Malt Shop welcomed us with open arms and made their Alumni Room our home. As long as customers are happy, we are.”

According to Paul, it’s difficult to estimate how business is going since the move because of spring break and finals. Kaya made the move March 30 and had customers rolling into the new spot by 9 a.m. April 1. However, Paul also said The Malt Shop customers help by bringing in new business. He said, “Many study groups will bounce back and forth between The Malt Shop and Kaya because of the distinctly different menus and vibes. They play off each other.”

Kaya continues to dominate its competitors despite its slightly smaller location. Where Kaya lacks in space, it gains in its unique character and personality.

Kaya Coffee Shop regular and Central Michigan University graduate student Kevin Stier has been going to Kaya for over three years now and sees this change for the better. He said, “Since the move I have seen a lot of new and old faces. I’m glad to see that business is still thriving for Kaya.”

A relatively new Kaya-goer and Central Michigan University senior Ryan Austin Smith said he appreciates the intimacy of Kaya’s new location. “I always would stop in to The Malt Shop during finals week for my past three years at CMU. I never was a coffee shop goer until Kaya joined The Malt Shop. Here I find myself writing articles and studying for hours all while enjoying a nice cup of Joe.”

Despite relocating, Kaya’s menu remained the same. Rumors quickly spread that food would no longer be served since joining with The Malt Shop, but employee Paul says, “The Malt Shop focuses on pizzas, milkshakes, etc. There are two different agendas.” Kaya offers an extensive menu of coffee, tea, sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Kaya is dedicated to providing its customers with the freshest ingredients, as well as serving fair trade coffee from Equal Exchange.

Kaya Coffee House is now indefinitely located in The Malt Shop’s Alumni Room. They look forward to continued success and new business from CMU and the Mt. Pleasant community.

The Native Howl’s start to stardom

Owner of Clean as Dirt Studios and Tech Director of The Native Howl, Joseph Horsch gives insight to the band’s recent success. He credits it to a 30-second promotional video on Facebook of their single “Thunderhead.” The video went viral practically over night in December, reaching over 11 million people.

The Native Howl recently announced a nationwide tour to took place this summer. More details to follow on their Facebook and other social media accounts.