Justice Heals: connecting survivors and shelter dogs

It’s not every day that you see a collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Survivors, but that’s what one program is helping bring together. The program is called Justice Heals and it’s providing sexual assault survivors support while giving shelter dogs a second chance at life. “[It’s] a journey that we would work with the survivors and dogs from start to their finishes or their destination,” said veterinary behaviorist Dr. Marie Hopfensperger, who helped found Justice Heals. Justice Heals is broken down into four steps starting with an initial meeting between the survivor and the dog evolving into gradual meetings like taking the dog for a walk. The final step is the potential to adopt the dog.

Using bones to solve the mystery

Michigan State’s College of Social Science offers 31 different undergraduate majors from economics to criminal justice to history. But, there’s one that goes a little deeper. “We go through the process where we create what’s called the biology profile where we look at the age, sex, ancestry and stature of the individual as estimated from their human skeletal remains,” Dr. Joe Hefner, an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department and Director of the MSU Forensic Anthropology lab, said. Dr. Hefner is a rare kind of professional, being one of about 130 board certified professionals in the country and the anthropology department is a rare kind itself. “We’re one of six PhD programs in the country,” Dr. Hefner said.

MSU Paranormal Society goes hunting for ghosts at Fairchild Auditorium

There’s no such thing as ghosts, right? The Michigan State Paranormal Society is here to prove you wrong. A rumor of a ghost sighting at the Fairchild Auditorium has been passed down through the Paranormal Society over the years. While there has been the claim that a few buildings on campus are haunted, such as Mayo hall, there’s no actual evidence of ghosts. Co-President of the Paranormal Society, Ben Goldman, takes us to the auditorium in hopes of finding a ghost.

Sustainability group lights up CATA stops

Students take the CATA buses to and from classes pretty much every day, and that’s why the group Sustainable Spartans want to make getting from place to place a little safer. With the help from a $25,000 grant from Ford Motor Company, they want to put in solar lights at 10 to 12 bus stops across campus in addition to the one already in East Neighborhood. “If we can bring together safety and sustainability at the same time, then we knew it was something that MSU would definitely want to be a part of,” said Sustainable Spartans’ president Alexa Marsh. The Ford Motor Company Fund grant is geared toward helping educational nonprofits work toward sustainable energy goals that they want to accomplish. Marsh said Sustainable Spartans were a little late in applying for the grant itself last spring, but it was worth it.

Abortion pills required at Cali. universities, Mich. opinions mixed

Abortions and women’s right to choose to get them or not is a hot topic in the country. California passed a bill that requires the California State University and University of California systems to offer abortion pills to students. A student takes two pills during the first ten weeks of pregnancy to induce a miscarriage. “We think this is a very bad idea,” Peri Pung, the President of Protect Life at MSU, said. But not everyone agrees.

Flat rate tuition officially goes into effect at Michigan State

After it was voted on back in Fall of 2018, flat rate tuition has officially been in effect since the start of the semester. The flat rate cost is the equivalent of what 15 credit hours cost prior to the new flat rate installation. Now that the semester is two months, students have mixed feelings about how flat rate is affecting their schedule and the classes they’re taking. “I took all the classes I needed to take to graduate on time and then I had room to take this piano class and it’s really interesting and I’ve learned a lot so far,” said senior Xavier Mattison. With the new flat rate, Mattison felt he could take advantage by taking an elective, and if it wasn’t for flat rate, he probably wouldn’t have taken his additional piano class without it.

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.

ICE denies presence on Michigan State campus

A Michigan State University student tweeted early Thursday morning that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were spotted in south neighborhood. Another tweet conversation shows two students talking about it. One person wasn’t sure if it happened that night, but says a resident assistant claimed this had happened within the last two weeks. Focal Point News reached out to ICE for more information. A spokesperson says they are not aware of any activity on campus.