Kat Cooper, the director of communications for RHS at MSU

Apartment boom may challenge university housing

The increase in off-campus apartments could affect on-campus housing at Michigan State. Kat Cooper, chief communications officer of Residential and Hospitality Services, sees the influx as a complicated situation. Michigan State University offers fewer than 16,000 beds, so while others might see off-campus housing as competition, Cooper sees it as necessary. (Photo by Sylvia Jarrus.)

Michigan State University offers fewer than 16,000 beds, so while others might see off-campus housing as competition, Cooper sees it as necessary. “It’s a relationship that really needs each other in order to be successful,” Cooper said.

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Lots of snow, lots of preparation

In Michigan, it’s expected there will be a lot of snow come winter time. For Michigan State Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, it’s important to always be ready. MSU Facilities uses 63 trucks, plows and blades to clear campus roads and walkways on campus. The campus contains 57 miles of roadways, 115 miles of sidewalks and 28,000 parking spaces. During the winter, MSU Facilities will get news of an impending storm and they’ll load vehicles with brine road treatment, a mixture of salt and water.

Watch Focal Point: fatal car accident on Mt. Hope road, an elevator shaft accident and more

On this episode of Focal Point News, we bring you breaking news on a fatal car crash in East Lansing. An elevator form shifted at a construction site in downtown East Lansing creating an eight hour fix. Plus, Michigan State switches from green to teal for “It’s On Us” week to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention. Also, we get student opinions on the university’s new flat-rate tuition model. Media day for the much-anticipated men’s basketball team gave us an insight into what the players expect from this season.

Elevator form collapses at Abbot apartment construction

On Tuesday afternoon, an elevator form collapsed on the
eleventh floor of The Abbot apartment construction site and was hanging on the
edge of the building. “They were placing that form, it shifted on them and it’s in
a position right now that it’s not supposed to be,” said East Lansing Fire
Department Captain Leo Allaire. “They have it stabilized with the crane and the
area right now is shut down to pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic until we
can get this incident stabilized.”

Workers called in a crane from Detroit and engineers from Chicago to assess the damage. The form itself was 4,000 pounds. “I was trying to go to Noodles [and Company] and I walk up
and I see this caution tape,” said junior Aaron Mentzer.

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.