On this special edition of Focal Point, we interview President Samuel Stanley about how the coronavirus affects Michigan State students and the university’s plans moving forward. It’s not just college students who are forced to stay home from school; meet high schoolers finding new ways to make memories their senior year. Facing shortages of protective equipment, find out how some Michiganders are adapting and finding new ways to make hand sanitizer and face masks. All those stories and more on Focal Point.
Despite closed venues and empty studios, Michigan’s music industry has found a way to keep performing while in quarantine.
COVID-19 is slamming Northern and West Michigan musicians in their wallets as concert venues and music festivals remain closed for the foreseeable future. We find out how a Bayne City musician who teaches in Mancelona, a Petoskey musicians with a cafe in Indian River and one from Grand Rapids are getting by.
Little Free Libraries are gaining popularity across the state as a way to share books and build neighborhoods. Books are flying off the shelves with public libraries and schools closed and people stuck at home. We learn more from Little Free Library owners in Prudenville, Cascade and Holland. By Joshua Valiquette.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small businesses to close all across the state and people are being told to stay home. This has put a stop to sports practice times and seasons for professional and young athletes. But one dance studio found a way to continue keeping its students active while stuck at home. Dance City West in Lansing was in the middle of its competition season with recital quickly approaching in May. When Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all non-essential businesses to close, the studio locked its doors.
Watch Focal Point: MSU Museum director suspended, 2020 election heats up, Lansing celebrates Fat Tuesday, and more
In this edition of Focal Point, the director of MSU Museums is suspended for keeping his sources under wraps. Vice President MIke Pence visits Lansing and things are heating up in the Democrats. Michigan’s primary is on March 10, and we speak with Lansing’s city clerk to learn about voting in the primary.
Images from the “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit. At the Michigan State University Museum, a series of Teal Talks is being hosted in the “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit. These talks take place on the second Friday of every month for an hour.
The museum opened the exhibit in April 2019 to provide a healing and learning environment to raise awareness regarding sexual violence. The talks provide a forum for community members, students, staff and faculty all over campus to participate in facilitated conversations led by scholars and advocates about the exhibit and the important issues it raises,” said Elesha Newberry, campus outreach specialist.
Sometimes, we all need a little motivation. For Brianna Olszewski, that time came when she was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. “At that time, I didn’t really have any like motivation in myself to get better.” she said. “I was just kind of upset.”
Happendance, a nonprofit dance
studio in Okemos, Michigan, will perform at the Wharton Center in East Lansing
on March 19 and March 21, part of a two-year collaboration with the FRIB.
Happendance logo via happendance.org
The organization’s staff said it
has provided a safe space for many students and families. Colleen Erpelding, Director of Education
Services, said the staff is specialized to achieve this safe space. “We have staff who are training to
work with those with special needs as well as those who are dedicated to help
create a culture of inclusivity and equity,” she said. “Those who train with us are families for
life and we have several who bring their children to us after they have left
our doors as students.”
The organization hosts events and
performances each month. These events
are a way the program allows families to get together, ask questions and
showcase the purpose of the program. The
organization does a number of community outreach events and it uses grant
funding to provide services to schools and families, said Erpelding.
They will have a mini-performance
by Impulse, one of their student companies on March 28, during one of their
Social Saturday events. Their annual spring concert will be held at Eastern High School in Lansing from May 15 to Mat 17, and it will be a performance by students from Happendance School. Upcoming spring Happendance events. Infographic by Lauren Buchko
Happendance was founded in 1976 by
Diane Newman, originally as a program focused on small and private instruction.
The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence has been putting on a one-act, one-person play about the debate on guns. The show goes throughout February and March 2020. On Monday, the show came to Williamston.
“The Gun Show” explores playwright E.M. Lewis’s relationship with guns throughout her life as she moved from rural Oregon to New York and Los Angeles. “If you look in the country now tons of mass shootings have been going on and people are scared,” said Jala Jackson, actress and MSU theatre major. “Nobody is talking to each other, and it’s turned into a left or right issue.
Watch Focal Point: Governor Whitmer proposes education budget, Kathie Klages found guilty, new football coaching staff takes shape
This week on Focal Point, a look at Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s new education budget. The verdict is in on former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages. We go live to Munn Ice Arena for a look at this week in sports. All this and more on Focal Point,