Doctor shortage across the U.S.

For MSU senior Macy Lockhard she’s the first to receive an admission letter to Wayne State University. “For me, I’ve always been someone who wanted to dedicate my life to others,” said Lockhart. Her dream manifested into a reality. However, that reality comes with a price. By the end of the next decade, the U.S. will be short of around 130,000 doctors across the country.

Our future is self-driving cars

It’s hard to believe. “This is running our pedestrian protection systems in real time. And every time we have human either riding a bike, or walk or running you will detect him as a yellow box,” said professor Xiaoming Liu. Liu works behind the scenes on autonomous, self-driving cars. General Motors recently announced they’re reinvesting six billion dollars in self-driving, electric cars.

MSU Food Bank celebrates 25 years

Brody dining hall on Michigan State’s campus is the largest non-military cafeteria in the world. There are also 20 Sparty’s and eight other cafeterias on campus. However, with all these resources, you wouldn’t expect students going hungry. “What we found was that 4.4% of MSU students are in the low to very low food security category, which means that there eating pattern may become disrupted because of lack of sufficient resources for food,” said Anne Buffington, nutrition programs coordinator. Dennis Martell, health promotion department director, said that the food bank was opened in 1993 because the faculty and staff realized there were students who were food insecure.

MSU going green in more ways than one

Michigan State is known for its “Go Green, Go White” chant, but the university is actually going green and it’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed. 

The university offers many opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of things that contribute to sustainability, or the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Michigan State sophomore Abigail Kuplicki started her journey at the Student Organic Farm a little over a year ago. The farm gives other students a chance to get involved, the same way that Kuplicki joined it. “The student organic farm offers an organic farmer training program that trains students to be farmers here,” she said. However, before the university can teach sustainability to meet the needs of this generation without compromising future generations, the director of sustainability’s team is on a mission to share the university’s success in a way that we can all understand. 

“We’ve done a lot but we don’t talk about it in a comprehensive way so that people can understand and can embrace it with us,” said Amy Butler.

Watch Focal Point: Engler cancels Nassar survivor fund, Michigan new minimum wage and more

On the last show of the semester, Interim President John Engler has put a halt to a fund dedicated to help Larry Nassar survivors. Plus, a easy way to get money in Michigan could soon not be possible. Also, a student is trying to get more American flags installed on campus, but he’s being met with complications. In sports, the MSU football team is going west for their bowl game against Oregon. This week in entertainment, Kevin Hart gives up his Oscar-hosting gig after old homophobic slurs resurface.

Ex-MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon arraigned on charges connected to Larry Nassar scandal

As MSU freshman Zach Willoughby spends his afternoon bowling in the basement of the MSU Union, he reflects on the state of the university. “I think that it has kinda fallen into the shadows a little bit after the whole sentencing of Larry Nassar,” Willoughby said. Former Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon appeared in court, facing charges related to the Larry Nassar scandal. Simon stepped down as president in January, just hours after the Nassar sentencing concluded in Ingham County. “They want her and the whole thing to just disappear and it shouldn’t happen like that, you can’t just make stuff like this disappear because it’ll create a stigma around your university,” Willoughby said.

WATCH: Stormy Daniels Comes to Lansing, General Motors cutbacks and more headlines

Stormy Daniels is coming to Lansing for one night only at a Night Club. Dunkin has had its DD rewards memberships get hacked and some information has been stolen. Spongebob Squarepants creator and animator Steven Hillenburg has passed away. Washington Redskins claim a new player but he comes with attached difficulties. General motors is closing down several factories in Michigan, Ohio, and Maryland.

WATCH: Man escapes from jail, plane crash, and more

This week on the Spartan News Update: A man by the name of Michael Simon escapes jail from the eleventh floor. Additionally, a plane in Indonesia crashed and 189 people were killed. Experts say this could have been prevented. In more positive news, the Potter Park zoo held a Christmas event which turned into a magical world of lights for the city and residents of Lansing Mi. Please watch for more info.

MSU alums start booming travel company

A company started by two former MSU students, Matt Carroll and TK Kubvoruno, is changing the college experience. “University Viral is a one stop shop, concierge travel events and entertainment, even for everything college,” said Kubvoruno. In just under a year, the company has helped give over 100,000 students the ultimate college experience. The company started by planning events for spring break. They sent over 2,000 students to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.