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.

Watch Focal Point: Penalties that could come with tailgating, new Spartan innovations and more

On this week’s episode of Focal Point News, some things you may do while tailgating that could get you in trouble with the law. Also, a new church opened, but in an unusual location. Plus, an over 40-year-old service offered on campus is stopping for good. Homecoming is this week, we’ll take a look at some events that happened on campus and speak with the grand marshal of the parade. In sports, we recap the game against CMU and what to expect against Northwestern.

New apartments coming to Grand River

Last spring, the 7-Eleven and Georgio’s Pizza on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Bogue St. were demolished. Construction for a brand new building is now officially underway. “HUB On Campus East Lansing” is a new high rise apartment building that is expected to open by the fall of 2019.

Find the bee, park for free

Construction keeps spreading in East Lansing… between road closures and traffic, parking can be impossible. However, there is a bee flying around town that might help take the sting out of finding a place to park. “Find the Bee, Park for Free,” happens two times a week in the downtown East Lansing area near the shops and restaurants. “We post a picture on social media, five parking meters are covered, and that provides free parking for the day, that’s over $700 a month in free parking,” said Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, Community Development & Engagement Manager of East Lansing.

Watch Focal Point: Student-made video games going big; what’s up with these new scooters around EL?

On this episode of Focal Point News, we find out who is behind charging those new scooters on campus. Also, say goodbye to the ‘$5 footlong.’ Plus, students get innovative with making their own video games that are catching the eyes of major corporations. A new MSU art lab has expanded to downtown, have you checked it out? In sports, a recap of the game against IU and a look forward to the one against CMU.