Lansing Catholic players Skype Colin Kaepernick

Lansing, Mich.- Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah, Kabbash Richards and Roje Williams created controversy earlier this year when they took a knee during the national anthem at one of their Lansing Catholic football games. All four players received some kind of discipline from the school and were benched during the football game. The Lansing Catholic students did it to protest social injustice and it caught Colin Kaepernick’s attention. Last weekend, the boys skyped Kaepernick for 20 minutes and talked about their actions. 

“He showed me to be courageous and to stand up for what I believe in,” Richards said. 

Kaepernick came under scrutiny last year when he didn’t stand for the national anthem during an NFL game, a protest for what he says is police brutality against young African Americans. This caused a nation-wide protest, some saying it was blatant disrespect for the flag, but it also sparked a movement by others, including these four students.

MSU freshman’s legacy lives on with memorial rink

Plymouth, Mich.- On Sept. 19, 2016, Michigan State University freshman Mitchel Kiefer was killed in a car accident on I-96. Kiefer went home for the weekend and was driving back on Monday morning for class when a distracted driver rear-ended him, which caused his car to cross the median and a truck crashed into his car. Fast forward to a little over a year now and Kiefer’s family are trying to end distracted driving and help his legacy live on. “We thought that if we could raise money and also spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving that would be a much better way to honor Mitchel’s memory,” Steve Kiefer, Mitchel’s dad, said. 

One way they are honoring Kiefer’s memory is by naming an ice rink in his name.

Watch Focal Point: Nassar sentenced, Trees for Troops and more

Former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography with more charges coming in state court. Plus, a local tree farm is using their holiday spirit to help our nation’s heroes. Finally, we look at the aftermath of the MSU football teams bowl announcement. Those stories and more on our final show of the semester.

Watch Focal Point: the new Senate tax bill, tobacco ads and more

With more sexual harassment allegations on the rise, we talked to attorneys about the legal aspect of sexual misconduct in the workplace. We discuss how the new tobacco ads could influence young smokers. East Lansing was given a new title, but is it one to be proud of? Plus, a week of sports recap with the Men’s basketball team beating Notre Dame last Thursday and a special look into the MSU Men’s Crew Club.