September 21st, 2022 | Vol.4, Edition #2 

in today's zine...

TOTD (Thought of the Day)

Listening to Julia Jacklin - Crushing
By: Makenzie Morales (Graduate Assistant)

W*SS News & Announcements

  • WILD Leadership Development Workshops Fall Schedule
  • NEW: TV Tuesdays

Campus Partner News & Announcements  

  • Audition Notice - Future Visions: Blackness Reimagined
  • City of East Lansing Job Openings
  • Michigan Student Voting Summit
  • Join Her Campus MSU
  • Mujer a Mujer
  • Hispanic Heritage Month

Listening to Julia Jacklin - Crushing
By: Makenzie Morales - Graduate Assistant 

This one is for all the music lovers out there. One of my favorite music artists, Julia Jacklin, just released her third studio album, Pre Pleasure. Julia Jacklin creates music of the indie folk variety, and I strongly encourage you all to give her a listen. While I simply cannot stop spinning Pre Pleasure, the focus of this Thought of The Day will be analyzing her second studio album, Crushing. Crushing was released in February 2019 under Polyvinyl Record Co. Not to be dramatic, but my life changed that day. When I reflect back on my undergraduate experience, I instantly hear Crushing. Crushing was released at a time when I needed it most, and it brought my friend group indescribably close to one another. Despite the fact that we were all experiencing similar feelings of isolation, loneliness, and anxiety, we weren’t able to verbalize these feelings with one another until Crushing gave us the avenue to do so. I love Crushing for more than just personal reasons, though. Julia Jacklin thoughtfully and poetically crafts together songs that all listeners can truly resonate with. 

Crushing is about heartbreak, self-discovery, and the power reframing can have. The opener for the album, ‘Body’, reveals itself slowly through the chord progressions, unraveling the pain that seeps through the lyrics. As Julia describes it herself,  ‘Body’ is like “a very long and exaggerated sigh”. Instrumentally, ‘Body’ is simply a repetition of the same chords. Lyrically, Jacklin doubles down on this repetition with the lyrics, “I guess it’s just my life / and it’s just my body”. In this, Jacklin is referring to the exhaustion from “fighting the good fight”. Sometimes, you just aren’t up for the fight. To fight for basic human rights, to fight for a space at the table, to fight to simply exist is…exhausting, and sometimes you just want to throw your hands up and say, “enough! I guess it’s just my life, and it’s just my body.” Not to be misunderstood, though, ‘Body’ is not about accepting the general lack of respect people have for women and non-binary folks’ bodies, it’s about reconciling with the messiness of it all, and finding a way to provide yourself with enough comfort to just exist in your own skin. 

On the next song of the album, ‘Head Alone’, the lyrics “I don’t want to be touched all the time / I raised my body up to be mine” echoes the sentiments explored in the first song. By the end of the song, Julia emotionally repeats the lyrics, “So I’ll say it until he understands / you can love somebody without using your hands”. It’s clear to the listener that at this point in the album, she is going through the process of mourning the uncomfortability of being in a body that does not always feel her own, and re-claiming it. Towards the middle of the album, we hear this reclamation peak in the song ‘You Were Right’. Lyrics such as “Started listening to your favorite band the day I stopped listening to you / You were always trying to force my hand, but now I’m listening because I want to”. She ends this song with “Started feeling like myself again the day I stopped saying your name.” It is evident that she has successfully navigated this heartbreak, and has begun to explore herself and her identity without the attachment of another. By the end of the album, lyrics such as “I’ll be ok / I’ll be alright / I’ll sleep well soon / Get through the night” finish the Crushing by informing the listener that pain is cured with time. 

The takeaway of this TOTD is this: (1) Listen to Crushing by Julia Jacklin. (2) Sometimes art can be a really helpful avenue for grieving. Whether it’s journaling, poetry, music, painting, drawing, or anything else, the process is as important as the end result. Julia Jacklin has decided to share this extremely intimate piece of music with us, but the most important piece is that she was able to move through this difficult process of grief through her art. As classes advance and deadlines approach, it is a helpful reminder to take space for yourself to do the same. Albums like Crushing remind us of our humanness, and the importance of taking care of yourself and others while we all strive to simply exist.

This image was originally posted to Flickr by Krists Luhaers at

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NEXT WILD WORKSHOP, SEPTEMBER 22! Join us for our WILD Workshop series, a leadership development workshop for the planning committee of the WILD Conference! If you have any questions, email us at See you at 6PM this Thursday in Room 110 of the Student Services Building!
Join the staff of Women*s Student Services in watching a popular TV show every Tuesday, then debriefing! Bring your lunch and some ideas of shows to watch!
EVERY Tuesday starting August 16th and ending on December 8th, 12PM-1PM, Women*s Student Services Office, Student Services Building Room 014
Community Conversations! 
Discussion groups for Trans+, Bi+, Aro/Ace+, Lesbian, and QTBIPOC students are meeting this fall. CC discussions groups are a space for LGBTQIA+ students to gather for community and conversation, participate in peer-facilitated discussions, gather resources, and address community concerns. Each group meets once a month with a peer facilitator from the GSCC who shares the same identity as the group (ex: the Bi+ group will be led by a GSCC staff member who also identifies as Bi+). Groups will begin meeting in October and meet once a month through the end of the Fall semester. Groups will reconvene in Spring. Sign up here:
Check out the upcoming events ChiLa is hosting for Hispanic Heritage Month!
The Department of Theatre and Transforming Theatre Ensemble are seeking actors for:
Future Visions: Blackness Reimagined
A 15-minute Afro-Futurist play about centering Blackness in the classroom.
By Crystal Bernard, 2021-22 Transforming MSU Playwriting Fellow & ’22 MSU Alum
Saturday, Sept. 24, 12-3pm Rehearsal
Sunday, Sept. 25, 6-9pm Rehearsal
Monday, Sept. 26, 6-9pm Rehearsal
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-9pm Rehearsal
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-9pm Rehearsal
Thursday, September 29, 6-7:30pm Performance in RCAH Theatre. Actor call 5pm.
Olamina and Keana bond over what they experience in the classroom. The professor’s trying, or thinks she is. The rest of the class is a mix of awkwardness and obliviousness. But then…Olamina activates her radical imagination and steps into a vision of the future. What kind of magic unfolds when Blackness thrives?
Olamina              18-22, black woman, college student (pre-cast)
Keana                  18-22, black woman, college student
Professor           40s-60s, white woman
Josh                     18-22, white, college student
Joe                       18-22, white, college student
Mary                   18-22, white, college student
Phoebe               18-22, white, college student
To Audition
Please send a video of yourself performing a dramatic contemporary monologue Transforming Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Lynn Lammers at by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 4pm.
The City of East Lansing has several job postings that students may be interested in:
Youth Athletic Assistant
Before & After School Child Care Aide:
School Age Site Leader:
Lifeguard- East Lansing Hannah Community Center:
Soccer Complex Field Monitor:
Swim Instructor- East Lansing Hannah Community Center:
The City of East Lansing is a great employer and flexible schedules are available. They provide all training.  Great opportunity and resume builder for interested students! 
Michigan State University is hosting the 2022 Michigan Student Voting Summit on Friday, September 30 at the Kellogg Center.  This summit, with stellar speakers from both university and state leadership, will be a great space to learn about voting, how to engage students and student organizations in all aspects of this critical election cycle, and to network with students from other colleges and universities all over the state.  This event includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch and is free of cost for students who can register here.
Transgender Day of Visibility Student Research Grant
The GSCC is proud to introduce the Transgender Day of Visibility Student Research Grant. This grant program - and its accompanying Transgender Day of Visibility Student Research Symposium - is intended to uplift the scholarly work of transgender student researchers in all disciplines at MSU.All transgender-identified graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply for $1000 in grant funding toward research in their discipline. Up to eight student scholars will be selected to receive TDOV-SRG funding for the 2022-23 academic year. Those recipients will present their research and findings (if applicable) at the 2023 Transgender Day of Visibility Student Research Symposium, held on March 31.Applications for the TDOV-SRG will remain open until September 30, 2022, and recipients will be notified in mid-October. Apply at
There are several ways you can earn internship credit in Her Campus. They also have a chapter network with various opportunities such as the Campus Trendsetters program, which involves brand partnerships. No experience is necessary to write for our chapter, and we are a gender inclusive RSO. Her Campus is not just for her - it's for everyone, and we are in search of new members! 
Mujer a Mujer (Womxn to Womxn) will be on September 14th, October 12th and November 9th this year (6pm-8pm for all). These are workshops for female identifying students where they can meet others, build community, and discuss both school and personal topics.
Come show UAB and Impact Radio your talents this Thursday at the MSU Union! Scan the QR code or click the link in their bio to preregister!
This Friday, September 23rd from 2-4pm @ Beaumont Tower F.A.C.E. will be having our their first organization bonding event! They will be making friendship bracelets, getting to know one another, AND enjoying a delicious picnic provided by our executive board.Please fill out this form to RSVP for this event so they know how many supplies to bring! If you are planning to bring friends to this event (which is strongly encouraged), please write a comment under your RSVP with how many friends are tagging along.RSVP Link:
***Even if you have not attended any general meetings or paid any membership dues, you do not have to be an official member to participate. All are welcome!***
The MSU Center for Survivors is now recruiting volunteers for our Fall 2022 Online Training Class!What: Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team provides essential support, advocacy, and outreach services to the MSU campus and greater Lansing community. Training will be held online.Who: Volunteers do NOT need to be current students or affiliated with MSU to get involved!How: Apply to be a volunteer online or by emailing Kathryn Naber at  with a completed application by Monday, September 26th. Applications can be found at Meeting: Learn more about training and volunteer opportunities on Wednesday, September 21st at 6pm via zoom at our Informational Meeting. RSVP for zoom link to Kathryn at .
Program Mission
Spartan Men and Masculinity Network programming was created to bring men, male, and masculine identified students together to explore and unpack the intricacies of their identities as a community. To challenge gender-based violence in the community by creating increased understanding and knowledge about the role of masculinity in gender-based violence. Reframing the views, beliefs, social constructs, and expectations regarding masculinity.What is it?
Spartan Men and Masculinity Network is a programming consisting of a cohort series and campuswide events meant to explore masculinity, men’s and/or masculine privilege, connecting the intersections of masculinities, comprehending masculinities as they pertain to gender-based violence, and how to utilize masculine privilege to serve as a change agent.Why should I join? 
Spartan Men and Masculinity Network is a great way to dive deep into different aspects of masculinity, working through the ways it personally impacts us on a personal level, and how it fits into the larger gender-based violence narrative. This space will also help reframe the narrative and unrealistic expectations restrictive masculinity creates.How do I join?
Participants can fill out an interest form, be nominated by someone on campus, or reach out to Garrett McAlister at  for more information.What is the time commitment?
The Spartan Men and Masculinity Network cohort series is a 6-week long program. Each session will be 2 hours and cover a range of different topics pertaining to masculinity. This time will be Friday's from 1-3PM.CLICK HERE FOR INTEREST /NOMINATION FORM - form to indicate interest closes on September 29th!
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