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.
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,
The 20th annual Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo was a celebration of women, entrepreneurs and bringing people together. There were over 300 businesses with products catered to women, including healthy eating. One of the businesses at the event was Vitamix, a company that manufactures blenders for restaurants and every day consumers. Every booth at the event showcased their products, ranging from cakes, hair styling tools and jewelry, but Vitamix promoted something bigger.
“Love hearing stories about how we changed people’s lives, that they’ve gotten healthier, they’ve beat their healthy obstacles etc.,” said Nancy Spruiell, a Vitamix demonstrator. Spruiell said the blender also helps parents get their kids to eat fruits and vegetables.
“Raising healthier kids, that’s a huge thing these days, especially with the way they make our food these days,” Spruiell said.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have responded to President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Former Michigan State Gymnastic Coach Kathie Klages is on trial for two counts of lying to authorities in connection with Larry Nassar. The film Parasite made history at the Oscars on Sunday Night. Parasite was the first non-English speaking film to ever win best motion picture.
The Williamston Art Committee has applied for a grant in the hopes of commissioning four welcome murals for the city. The city has wanted to execute an art project for a long time and may finally get their chance to do so. The city has already selected one of the four sites the murals will go. It will hear back on the awarding of the grant by March.
Detroit photographer Jeff Gaydash had been shooting all day. It was getting dark and he was tired. He’d packed up all his gear and was walking back to his car when he saw a tree in the sand. He almost kept going,but pulled out his equipment and took some shots. The result is now part of a Great Lakes photography exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. By Nyjah Bunn.