An MSU student is helping children cope with their anxiety through reading

A book that first started out as just something for a MSU senior to do in her free time is now her very first published piece of work. Hannah Safferman is a senior here at Michigan State University. Not only is she that, she is also the author of  ‘It’s OK To Be Anxious.’ A children’s book that focuses on helping with coping mechanisms for children with anxiety. Safferman studies elementary education and childhood development here at MSU and wants children to know that the emotions they are feeling are okay and that they are not alone.

Watch Focal Point: 2020 presidential candidates, potato shortage in Michigan, a preview of the Oscars, and more

On this edition of Focal Point, Interim President Satish Udpa apologizes to the survivors who were involved in the Larry Nassar case, MSU might gain a new spot on campus, and a student started her own business at the age of 21. In sports, we have an overview on men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, and wrestling. This week in entertainment, we have a preview of the nominations for the Oscars. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Focal Point.

Million-dollar biodome growing on campus

Right next to Shaw Hall sits an empty field, but a group of students are trying to change that. The Student Greenhouse Project has plans to construct an 150-foot biodome that would fill the space. “We’ve designed it to be site independent, so we can build it anywhere,” Jacob Bruner, the groups president, said. The biodome would have plants from every continent inside, but it wouldn’t be just plants. There would be WiFi, conference and study rooms, a performance area with hillside seating, waterfalls, animals…

MSU experiences a week of crimes

It’s not too often the MSU community gets crime notifications… but this week has been different. On Saturday, a student reporter their backpack was taken from the East Mcdonnel Hall dorm room, including their laptop, when no one was there. Police said the student later found his missing belongings. On Tuesday, a burglary occurred in the Human Ecology building.

Troop 164 rewrites history

“Its hard to tell your children that they can’t do something,” Troop 164 Scoutmaster, Marla Ekola, said. Marla Ekola is penciling in her daughter’s future. Re-writting a tradition if you will. Troop 164 is making history. They’re a part of Scouts BSA, formally known as Boy Scouts of America.

Watch Focal Point: Text 911, the Polar Plunge came to Lansing, sorority delivers flowers on Valentine’s Day, and more.

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of why people took a cold plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. A sorority on campus made special deliveries for Valentines Day, and Lansing joins 49 other counties in Michigan in the text 911 service, allowing people to contact 911 via text if they are unable to call. In sports, MSU men’s basketball defeats Wisconsin, while the women’s team falls behind. Those stories and more this week on Focal Point.