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.

Watch Focal Point: An update with Judge Aquilina, new MSU interim president, extreme temperatures reach Michigan and more

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of the polar vortex that shutdown the state of Michigan, and resulted in Michigan State University’s seventh cancellation in history. Satish Udpa takes over as MSU’s new interim president after the resignation of John Engler. In sports, ESPN’s College GameDay came to MSU for the fifth time in anticipation for MSU’s game against Indiana. Those stories and more on this week of Focal Point.

Williamston’s small-town feel draws visitors from near, far

 

To Elizabeth “Liz” Williams, dance is much more than a passion. It’s a lifestyle. When she was in junior high, Williams knew she wanted to share that lifestyle with others. So in 1992, she opened the doors to the Elizabeth Williams School-Dance in downtown Williamston. Williams fell in love with the old buildings in Williamston, a community that she was familiar with prior to opening her studio.

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.

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 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.

MSU alum bringing something sweet to East Lansing

David Yuan is a man with big dreams, dreams that started when he was a boy. Growing up he was the oldest, with high expectations and responsibilities. “This was really just gods plan,” Yuan said. “The most influence that I got was from my mom, dad, Grandpop.” David was born in America, but spent ten years of his childhood from age three to fourteen in Indonesia.

Your name will get you free Starbucks

A new promotion is taking place at the three Starbucks locations on campus, all thanks to just having a first name. Each location will have a chalkboard placed at the register. If your name is written on that board, you get any coffee you’d like, for free! Don’t be too worried if you have a unique name, it is ran through an MSU database system too randomly choose. “All the staff, students, and faculty is all included, so it’s not like we pick the most basic names,” supervisor, Samantha Diamond said.

Starbucks’ new lid designed by 2011 MSU graduate

Starbucks recently joined a growing number of businesses nationwide looking to eliminate the need for straws. 2011 MSU graduate, Emily Hill, designed a new lid for the coffee giant that eliminates the necessity of the straw. It’s all apart of the nation wide campaign to reduce plastic waste. MSU School of Packaging Director Susan Selke was excited to see another former student accomplish great things after their time at MSU. “Oh it’s great to see that,” Selke said.