Watch Focal Point: COVID-19 and the Economy of East Lansing

On this special edition of Focal Point, a look COVID-19’s impact on East Lansing’s economy. We take you to local businesses using new technology and old-fashioned customer service to adapting to stay open. We also meet MSU students out of work because of the pandemic, and some entering the job market in an unprecedented time. Those stories and more on this Focal Point Special Report.

Resale store in Williamston combats COVID-19 virtually

Many small businesses continue to be affected by COVID-19. As the pandemic surges on, businesses are having to adapt as they try to survive these tumultuous times. For one resale boutique in Williamston, they celebrated their one-year anniversary this August. A first-year that was unexpected and full of uncertainty. “It was definitely worrying,” said co-owner Garrett Gabriel.

Chorale students adjust to practicing during pandemic

If you drive into a parking ramp, you might expect to here a few things; footsteps echoing or a car engine whirring to life. But one thing you wouldn’t expect to hear, is singing. The University Chorale, made up of 15 graduate students, went from practicing in a classroom to a concrete structure known as the Kellogg Center parking ramp. This outdoor structure was the perfect acoustic and socially distanced space choir director David Rayl could think of. And the members of the choir also found it suitable as long as they could sing again.

#ENDSARS seeks to end police brutality in Nigeria

Nigeria is experiencing police brutality and the youth are doing something about it. The movement is called #ENDSARS. It is similar to Black Lives Matter in the United States. SARS stands for Special Anti Robbery Squad, a special police force facing criticism in Nigeria for abuse of power. Focal Point’s Shade Moore met with MSU computer engineering major who’s from Nigeria, Tim Nwanze, to learn more about the movement.

Freshmen skip dorm experience for off-camus living

When the pandemic hit, only 2,000 students were allowed to live on campus instead of the regular 1,500. With Michigan State recommending students to stay home, most freshmen have not had the traditional college experience. But some freshmen made the decision to live near campus while still feeling at home. “Usually you meet people in the dorms,” Nayna Chhabria, a freshman at Michigan State, said. Nayna knew she couldn’t live in a dorm, and she knew she may get homesick.

MSU students hope for unity after the election

November in Michigan means many things each year: turning our clocks back one hour, the magical color changes in our leaves, and on those rare four year occasions, the change in the face of a nation. Election Tuesday on Nov. 3rd saw six different buildings on MSU’s campus turn into polling stations for the day. But whether voting at the Union, Brody Cafe or even at I.M. West, there were no lines to be seen. COVID-19 caused the largest proportion of Americans in the history of our election process to vote via mail this year.

Michigan State swim team speaks out on being cut

With a great athletic financial crisis, Michigan State’s athletic department spent months finding a way to limit the budget loss. Michigan State’s Athletic Director, Bill Beekman, had heartbreaking news to give those on the Michigan State’s swim and dive team. “My initial reaction in that room at 4’oclock was this feeling of paralysis,” sophomore Travis Nitkiewicc said. “A lot of people got angry immediately. For me, it was a numb reaction,” senior Elise Tuke said.