Anti-abortion flags placed on campus

Protect Life at Michigan State University, an anti-abortion student organization group, organized the event on October 8th called “Cemetery of the Innocence.” The group placed 927 red flags on the corner of Farm and North Shaw Lanes to bring attention to lives lost to abortion. Flags placed near Farm Lane. “Our goal is to raise awareness,” Christen Pollo said. “Help people figure out what they believe about the issue.”

Michigan State gathers for new business complex ribbon cutting

The Michigan State Broad Business of College officially opened the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion with a ribbon cutting during homecoming week. Students, faculty and alumni all flooded into the new Minskoff Pavilion ribbon cutting. The new facility became open to the public this July after two years of construction. The facility covers about 100,000 square feet. Over 85% of undergraduate business courses and almost 100% of graduate courses are now taught in the building.

Severe weather rained on MSU’s parade

Severe weather ended up cancelling MSU Homecoming’s favorite
traditions last Friday: the parade. It was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and feature the Spartan Marching Band, this year’s grand marshal Susan Packard and, of course, Sparty. MSU alumna Lisa Centner traveled with her husband from Chicago to see their daughter Adelle, who is a junior pyschology major. The Centners were planning on watching the parade with her husband’s fraternity Theta Chi. “They have the seats for us to sit out on the front lawn so
we were going to go there,” said Centner.

Foster Coffee Company opens up in East Lansing

A small coffee stand at a farmers market has grown into three stores around Michigan, including the newest one in downtown East Lansing. Co-founders of Foster Coffee Company, Nicholas Pidek and Johnathon Moore, started testing coffee recipes and catering events in 2014. “John and I met in high school, we became really good friends, started a band together,” said Pidek. They opened their first retail space on South Washington Street in downtown Owosso with the vision to create a better community. “When we looked at our downtown, we said, ‘Hey, the only way we’re going to do this, the only way this works, is if we work with other businesses, non-profits and civic entities to really help elevate the whole community,” Pidek said.

An airplane crashed in Lansing as the pilot attempted to land

A single engine airplane crashed while attempting to land at the Lansing airport on Thursday morning. The pilot was trying to land, when around 9 a.m. the plane crashed just west of Airport Road. The crash left three people dead and three people in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.

Watch Focal Point: General Motors Strike, East Lansing rent increase and more

On this edition of Focal Point News, General Motors workers are on strike for equal benefits. Also, students moving into the newest East Lansing sky rise, The Hub, experienced some unexpected complications. Plus, East Lansing and Ann Arbor were listed in the top ten for fastests growing rent. 

In sports, Michigan State football had a homecoming date with Indiana last week, with a high scoring affair between the two teams. 

In entertainment, Spider Man is set to return to the big screen. 

These stories and more on Focal Point. 

East Lansing makes top ten for increased rent

Residential real estate platform, Zumper, released the top college towns with the fast growing rent. Two Michigan cities placed in the top ten. In the survey of nearly 50 college towns across the United States, East Lansing came in at number seven with a 14.3% increase from the previous. The research found, from 2018 to 2019, rent for a one bedroom increased $100. With new developments like The Hub on Campus and Landmark, competition is increasing, but so are prices.

The Hub causes headaches for students moving in

The Hub on Campus is one of East Lansing’s newest high-rise apartments located on the corner of Bogue and Grand River. Students were promised a rooftop pool, a sauna and luxury apartments. While most of that was fulfilled, some students had trouble moving in and some rooms weren’t even finished. “This was my first year off campus, actually, so I was kind of excited to live in an apartment,” said senior marketing major Ryan Burk. “That was probably my one big thing for senior year.”

He and his roommates decided to live at the Hub in September
2019 after passing by the construction on Grand River.