Watch Focal Point: EEE Virus in Michigan, Governor Whitmer cuts funding For Pure Michigan commercials and more

On this edition of Focal Point, EEE continues to spread through the state as government takes action with aerial pesticide treatments. Also, Governor Whitmer vetos a plan for millions in funding towards the Pure Michigan commercials. Plus, the MSU Surplus Store features a pretty unique item for sale. In sports, Spartan Football went on the road to face the Buckeyes in Columbus, a blacked-out night game. In entertainment, The Addams Family, Joker, and more hit the box office.

ELFD looking for more firefighters after receiving grant

After receiving a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for $462,500, the East Lansing Fire Department is looking to hire more people. The grant goes to staffing three more people over three year span. During the school year, ELFD serves almost 95,000 people. “20 years ago, we were doing about 2,200 runs per year. Now we’re close to 6,000 runs per year,” Captain Leo Allaire of the fire department said.

Local tourists spots voice concerns over Pure Michigan cut

Governor Gretchen Whitmer cut the proposed $37.5 million budget from the 2020 state budget. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MEDC, tells Focal Point News, “Governor Whitmer and the MEDC remain committed to the Pure Michigan Campaign and the positive impact it has had on the tourism industry in Michigan.” They continued to say the cut is a “recognition that the Legislature cannot continue to pass record-high budgets for Pure Michigan while funding for other economic development initiatives is cut to record lows.” Greg Taucher, an advertising professor at Michigan State, said you can’t just turn off the lights on Pure Michigan. “I think that if Michigan killed their tourism campaign, they’d be in a deficit position,” he said.

“Higher than acceptable” level of legionella discovered at vet lab

During routine tests last Thursday, MSU staff found a higher than normal level of legionella bacteria at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory cooling tower on the south side of campus. “We immediately took action Thursday night,” said Fred Woodhams of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. “We shut down the cooling tower and began procedures to sanitize the tower.” The cooling tower is part of the laboratory’s HVAC system. The sanitization process took place over the weekend.

Runners dash during dinosaur 5k

On Sunday, October 6th it wasn’t the dinosaurs that invaded campus, it was runners at the 34th annual MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash. Almost one thousand people attended the event held at the MSU Museum. The race featured a 5k and a Museum Mile for kids. After the race, participants enjoyed photo ops and food as well as a chance to go see some fossils inside the museum. “It brings a lot of people to campus and East Lansing, but
the greater Lansing area, as well,” said Event Manager Michael Secord.

Anti-abortion flags placed on campus

Protect Life at Michigan State University, an anti-abortion student organization group, organized the event on October 8th called “Cemetery of the Innocence.” The group placed 927 red flags on the corner of Farm and North Shaw Lanes to bring attention to lives lost to abortion. Flags placed near Farm Lane. “Our goal is to raise awareness,” Christen Pollo said. “Help people figure out what they believe about the issue.”

Michigan State gathers for new business complex ribbon cutting

The Michigan State Broad Business of College officially opened the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion with a ribbon cutting during homecoming week. Students, faculty and alumni all flooded into the new Minskoff Pavilion ribbon cutting. The new facility became open to the public this July after two years of construction. The facility covers about 100,000 square feet. Over 85% of undergraduate business courses and almost 100% of graduate courses are now taught in the building.

Severe weather rained on MSU’s parade

Severe weather ended up cancelling MSU Homecoming’s favorite
traditions last Friday: the parade. It was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and feature the Spartan Marching Band, this year’s grand marshal Susan Packard and, of course, Sparty. MSU alumna Lisa Centner traveled with her husband from Chicago to see their daughter Adelle, who is a junior pyschology major. The Centners were planning on watching the parade with her husband’s fraternity Theta Chi. “They have the seats for us to sit out on the front lawn so
we were going to go there,” said Centner.

Foster Coffee Company opens up in East Lansing

A small coffee stand at a farmers market has grown into three stores around Michigan, including the newest one in downtown East Lansing. Co-founders of Foster Coffee Company, Nicholas Pidek and Johnathon Moore, started testing coffee recipes and catering events in 2014. “John and I met in high school, we became really good friends, started a band together,” said Pidek. They opened their first retail space on South Washington Street in downtown Owosso with the vision to create a better community. “When we looked at our downtown, we said, ‘Hey, the only way we’re going to do this, the only way this works, is if we work with other businesses, non-profits and civic entities to really help elevate the whole community,” Pidek said.

Watch Focal Point: General Motors Strike, East Lansing rent increase and more

On this edition of Focal Point News, General Motors workers are on strike for equal benefits. Also, students moving into the newest East Lansing sky rise, The Hub, experienced some unexpected complications. Plus, East Lansing and Ann Arbor were listed in the top ten for fastests growing rent. 

In sports, Michigan State football had a homecoming date with Indiana last week, with a high scoring affair between the two teams. 

In entertainment, Spider Man is set to return to the big screen. 

These stories and more on Focal Point.