MSU reacts to Brett Kavanaugh

The Supreme Court now has a majority of conservative justices. Brett Kavanaugh was recently confirmed to the nations highest court despite facing multiple sexual assault allegations. For MSU law students, it’s still a hot issue even though the confirmation is over. In fact, the group gathered for their own debate on the subject. The MSU Federalist Society hosted a panel discussion called Kava-nay or Kava-yay at the MSU College of Law.

MSU marching band holds down the fort at Sparty Statue

It may be considered the most important job during rivalry week and an exhausting one. The MSU Marching band safe guards the Sparty Statue all week long leading up to the big game. In years past, University of Michigan fans have vandalized the beloved-statue in the middle of the night. Sparty Watch is an annual tradition organized by members of band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi and each night they plan fun events to help pass the time. Coach Dantonio stops by annually to drop off pizza and to thank the band for their service to MSU.

MSU bouncing back from Larry Nassar scandal

It’s been just about a year since we were riveted to our televisions as hundreds of survivors told their story of sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar. Now, Michigan State is making sure that something like that never happens again. President, Lou Anna K. Simon, stepped down in January, and the university felt pressure to change how sexual assault is handled. Look now, and you’ll find people working hard to fix the problems. Debra Martinez is one of those people. “I really enjoy making a change,” Martinez said.

Tailgating penalties? Here’s what you should know

It’s football season in East Lansing, and before the game is the tailgate. Students may remember the rules of the game, but they could forget the rules that keep them out of trouble with the law. The captain of Michigan State’s Police Department has some tips to keep you safe and within the law in the pre-game festivities. “Some of the things that happens, people make poor choices. Some of the choices could be ‘minor in possession’, some of those choices could be urinating in public as well as litter and things like that,” said Captain Doug Monette.

Climate change may affect growing corn, Michigan’s largest crop

It is a pure coincidence for science. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle just two days after the United Nations released a hefty document on climate change. The United Nations warning that temperatures can not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next decade. “The climate’s not changing because the Planets evolving, the climate is changing because humans are messing with it,” said natural hazards professor, Robert Drost. “We have become so integrated, so powerful, so influential that we are changing the natural course of our planet,” said Drost.

Men’s basketball team given Big Ten Rings

At Michigan State Madness on Oct. 5, the men’s basketball team was called on stage to receive their Big Ten Championship rings. The men’s team earned their Big Ten Championship rings after winning the regular season title last year. The 2017-2018 team finished 16-2 in conference play and look to defend that title in an expanded 20 game Big Ten schedule this year. At the first practice of this season, Tom Izzo addressed who the leaders were this year.

Magic at Michigan State Madness

The annual Michigan State Madness was held at the Breslin on October 5. Doors opened at 8:30 to the public with ceremonies starting at 9:30. Fans attending the event where able to get autographs and pictures with the basketball teams before the real fun started. Special guests included the band and drum line, the cheerleaders, dance team, Sparty, both men and women basketball teams and of course both head coaches. However, this Michigan State Madness was more significant than years past.

Life Chain brings attention to abortion

On the first Sunday of October every year, thousands of individuals throughout the U.S. support millions of babies that are aborted with an hour of prayer. This year, they were on Grand River and Hagadorn holding up signs to protest, talking about how adoption is an underused option as an alternative to abortion. Members of the moment explained that a classroom of children get aborted everyday. Many believe that this is a problem in the United States, stating that its something worth fighting for. “A whole elementary school full of children are aborted every single week in Michigan, multiply that across the whole country, I think that is something that needs to change,” Life Chain member, Ed Rivet, said.

Watch Focal Point: College voters expected to be the highest, MSU is trying to reduce food waste and more

On this week’s episode of Focal Point News, college voter turnout is expected to be the highest in any midterm election. Plus, a Democratic candidate came to campus to hear the concerns of students. In campus, an MSU program is weighing how much food the nine dining halls are wasting. The homecoming parade was a success, we’ll look at how it went. In sports, we recap the loss against Northwestern and what the football team is hoping to do against Penn State.