Mason Doggie Trick or Treat

The 8th annual Mason Doggie Trick or Treat brought local dogs and owners decked in Halloween costumes through downtown Mason. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason.

Watch Focal Point: racist incidents at MSU, California passes progressive reproductive law and more.

On this episode of Focal Point News, we bring you breaking news about racial and ethnic incidents challenging MSU’s inclusivity on campus. Meanwhile, California passed a new law requiring some universities to offer abortion pills, and Spartan students weigh-in with their thoughts. While men, women and children dressed up as Wonder Woman for a 5k last week to empower women and celebrate their accomplishments, Michigan State cautioned certain costume choices for Halloween this year to be as respectful as possible. Swinging over to sports, MSU’s Men’s Basketball team made history by snagging the number one slot in the preseason rankings. Plus, find out what makes running relaxing in the mind of a cross-country Spartan.

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.

Museum events highlight art under oppressive regimes

On Monday, Oct. 14, a panel of experts spoke about the political climate in Chile at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in an panel called “Reclaiming the Streets: Arts of Solidarity in Moments of Crisis.”  On Oct. 15, the Michigan State University Museum hosted the event “Envisioning Hope: The Story of The Chilean Arpilleras”. The panel on Monday included Chilean poet and author Marjorie Agosin, professor Edward Murphy and MSU Museum director Mark Auslander. The panelists discussed the street as a political space to resist oppressive political conditions through artistic expression.  

Murphy, who studies Latin America and the Caribbean, said that dictatorships in South America were reactionary and counter-revolutionary to social movements aiming to reclaim the streets. 

“When these dictatorships come into power, they implement states of siege, they use the horrific forms of sovereign state power in order to prosecute what they are casting as an internal war,” Murphy said.