prom en The Living Room: Memories from a high school dance <p>In May's segment of The Living Room, Allison Downey tells the story of a high school dance she went to that ended a little differently than she expected.&nbsp;</p><p>The Living Room is a monthly series produced by Zak Rosen and Allison Downey.&nbsp;</p><p>In today's segment, we hear Allison's song 'All that Matters.'</p><p>It was produced &amp; engineered by Michael Crittenden at Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids</p><p>John Austin: Electric bass</p><p>Rod Capps: Lead guitar</p><p>Brian Morril: Percussion</p><p>Annie Capps: Harmony vocals</p><p>Allison: Lead vocals and rhythm guitar</p><p><em>To hear the story, click the link above.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:38:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12612 at The Living Room: Memories from a high school dance Stateside for Thursday, May 16th, 2013 <p>Democrats in the state House have introduced a range of measures addressing women's health in Michigan. We talked to a state Representative about why she thinks it is time government gets involved in female health.</p><p>And, a fight over American Indian-themed school mascots could result in a $3 million budget cut for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.</p><p>And, the Community Chorus of Detroit has been working hard on its mission to build and strengthen ties is Southeastern Michigan through song.</p><p>Also, the former bomber plant in Willow Run could become the new home of the Yankee Air Museum.</p><p>And, as prom-season is upon us, Michigan singer/songwriter Allison Downey of The Living Room brought us her memory of the big dance, a prom night that didn't quite go to plan.</p><p>First on today’s show, a subject that most of us would just as soon not spend much time thinking about but it is crucial to our health and well-being: septic fields.</p><p>Writer Jeff Alexander took a closer look at failed septic fields and the ways they're polluting our precious water, and his reporting is in the current issue of Bridge Magazine.</p><p>Jeff joined us from Grand Haven to discuss the issue. Thu, 16 May 2013 21:35:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 12609 at Stateside for Thursday, May 16th, 2013 Michigan teen from Ishpeming makes prom dress out of Starburst wrappers <p class="bodytext"><span id="mn_Global"><span id="mn_Article">I remember making little chains out of Starburst wrappers when I was a kid, but building an entire garment with them?</span></span></p><p class="bodytext"><span><span>That&#39;s what Diane McNease of Ishpeming High School has done.</span></span></p><p class="bodytext"><span><span><a href="">WLUC-TV produced a short piece</a> on McNease and her dress.</span></span> Here it is (I like the host&#39;s reaction to the lead of the story):</p><p class="bodytext">;</p><p class="bodytext"><span><span>McNease definitely has some artistic flair. She said she strung wrappers in the dress below the corset to &quot;give the illusion that the dress is, kind of like, falling apart.&quot;</span></span></p><p class="bodytext"><span><span>She said friends donated around 18,000 wrappers for the corset, matching hair bands, and purse.</span></span><span><span> It took her around 5 months to make.</span></span></p><p class="bodytext">More evidence that young kids today are far from slackers. We stopped after stringing 10 Starburst wrappers together. Tue, 08 May 2012 20:19:09 +0000 Mark Brush 7387 at Michigan teen from Ishpeming makes prom dress out of Starburst wrappers Prom night tip: check those coat buttons <p>It was ninth grade, back when ninth graders still stayed in junior high.&nbsp;</p><p>I had detention. I don&rsquo;t remember why.&nbsp; But so did the best looking girl in the class, whom I&rsquo;ll call Rhonda&mdash;because, that was her name.</p><p>The catch was, she was dating Benny, the captain of the football team.&nbsp; But, at detention, I learned there was <em>trouble in paradise.</em>&nbsp; Oh yes.&nbsp; They had broken up, with just <em>four days</em> to go before the big ninth grade dance.&nbsp;</p><p>Tragic!&nbsp; Fri, 20 May 2011 10:30:10 +0000 John U. Bacon 2581 at Prom night tip: check those coat buttons Michigan high school to have gender-neutral prom court <p>Students at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon will no longer vote for a prom king or queen.</p><p>Instead, they&rsquo;ll vote for a gender-neutral prom court.</p><p>The change is the result of pressure from the <a href="" target="_blank">ACLU of Michiga</a>n and Mona Shores students after a popular transgender student was elected homecoming king.</p><p>The school denied the student, Oak Reed, his crown because school records list him as a female.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:24:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1306 at Michigan high school to have gender-neutral prom court