Focal Point News Desk

Focal Point wraps up 2016 fall semester

MSU’s student newscast explores how underage drinkers may soon have lighter penalties if charged with a minor-in-possession violation, the election recount that wasn’t, the passing of astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn, beer brewed from “Spartan Barley” and a new quick-fire pizza place coming to campus.

Focal Point post-election show, Nov. 11

In this week’s episode of Focal Point, we have full coverage of the election aftermath. We talk to experts on how Donald Trump pulled off a big upset for president and we find out how many students are coping after rooting for a Clinton victory. Also, many protests have broken out across the country, including right here in East Lansing.

Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

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In this episode of Focal Point, we are election central!

We have coverage of campaign visits by Bernie Sanders and Mike Pence, plus a wrap-up of the final presidential debate. We take you to two Black Lives Matters events on campus where students and protestors want others to hear their voices.

East Lansing Library Millage

By Chloe Hill
MI First Election
MSU School of Journalism

A new millage proposal was added to the ballot for this November election. I went inside the East Lansing Public Library to find out how asking for one mill will increase funds. Lanette Vanwagenen, who spends many of her days volunteering at the East Lansing Public Library said, “If you love books, it’s outstandingly fun because you get to just look at books all day long and touch books all day long so it’s like Christmas to me.”

She spends her time in the “Friendshop”, organizing and selling used books. Lanette said, “Just seeing this huge wealth of books that come in this reading community that is East Lansing and knowing that we’re helping them find new homes at really great prices, you know, it’s just outstanding.”

But even though this generates some extra revenue for the library, it isn’t enough to keep it running as usual. Library director, Kristin Shelley said, “With the library itself, we have reduced staff since January of 2011, by ten positions.

MSU Students Vote Absentee

By Chloe Hill
MI First Election
MSU School of Journalism

Even though registration has ended, those students who don’t want to change their address or can’t get home to vote, can vote absentee. It’s a process that is simple, but there are some rules. Andrew Krietz remembers what is was like the first time he voted in a general election. “In 2008, it was really exciting, I turned 18 in August and then of course, the election was in November, and it was my first time voting, so I got to the poll and it was very exciting to vote for the candidate of my choice.” said Andrew.

MSU Students in Final Push to Get out the Vote

By Josh Sidorowicz
MSU School of Journalism

In the final days leading up to the election, students on campus with both the Romney and Obama campaigns are working hard in their final get-out-the-vote efforts. Will Staal has been volunteering with the Romney campaign since August. The MSU junior said he got involved because the implications of the this election couldn’t be greater. “For people, especially my age, we’ve had enough time of sitting on the sidelines and letting people in Washington make our decisions” Staal said. “I just wanted to stand up and fight for a cause I believe in.”

What makes the candidates stand out?

What make a candidate stand out in the presidential election? MSU students and professors gave different opinions. Journalism professor Fred Fico said it was the direction candidates wanted to take the government that made them stand out. Fico wanted small and honest government. Emily Green, an undergraduate student at MSU, said an eligible candidate should be part of American people and helped everyone rather than certain groups.

Sidewalk Survey: Who do you support for president?

By Matt Hall
MI First Election

Who are you voting for president? JRN800 student Matthew Hall hit the streets of East Lansing, recorder in hand, to take the political pulse of spartan passers by. Assorted MSU students and one dean of the MSU College of Engineering had their opinions heard. Two of which were undecided, waiting for the political debates to shed more light on the candidates. The second student gave quite the unexpected answer.