Campaign volunteer spends election day thanking people for voting

While many voted early or voted by mail this year, the polls were open in-person voters. Voters who went to the Hannah Community Center were greeted by a passionate campaign volunteer. Alan Shulman is a senior international relations student at Michigan State. He at the community center from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. thanking people for voting and encouraging them to support Democratic candidates including Joe Biden, Gary Peters and Elissa Slotkin. “If people care about proper representation, they have to go and make their voices heard on the issues they care about,” Shulman said.

Safety comes first as IM West reopens

Students on campus are finally able to get back in the gym. IM West reopened its Fitness Center last week for the first time since closing in March to slow the spread of COVID-19. In order to ensure the safety of students and employees, there are some precautions taking place to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

East Lansing family spreads positivity with Positive A Tree

On the corner of Cowley Avenue and Harvard Road, you’ll see some new signs in the neighborhood. Sara Olsztyn, with the help of her husband, son, and next-door neighbor left a message for anyone that walks by. With the permission of East Lansing and the support from neighbors, they tied signs with positive messages written on them to spread hope and positivity to the community. Jaci Sayen, Sara’s friend, heard about the messages on Instagram. She said that being in a pandemic for over eight months has made glimmers of hope hard to find every now and again, but these signs portray a timely message that could be carried on for a lifetime.

18 year-old runs for Okemos School Board

Thomas Gorman graduated in the spring from Okemos High School. After spending four years there, he knew there were some changes he wanted to see. So, he decided to do something about it. Gorman ran for the Okemos School Board in this election. Not only was this his first time on the ballot, but this was also the first general election he was eligible to vote in.

Friendship forged by a Frisbee

The start to the Mel Tucker era officially began with a shock defeat to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last Saturday. But this year, the home opener looked quite different inside Spartan Stadium; instead of a packed student section, cardboard cutouts looked on from the fifty yard line. But it was not just the two-legged fans who were missing. It was also one with four, and a tail. Zeke the Wonder Dog has been a staple of MSU’s home football games since the late 1970s.

Watch Focal Point: President Trump rallies in Lansing, enrollment down at MSU, and Spartan football prepares for game against U-M

On this edition of Focal Point, President Donald Trump visits Lansing for the first time ever. Our team meets supporters and protestors at the rally. With admissions down at MSU, Jacob Lothamer investigates how the school is handling a $54 million loss in revenue. We preview MSU football’s massive matchup with Michigan and catch up with Jalen Watts-Jackson. Those stories and more on Focal Point.

Saddleback BBQ operates as “ghost restaurant”

Shade Moore investigates a ghost at Saddleback Barbecue in Okemos. During this halloween season, there was more than brisket, ribs and pulled pork on the menu. See how the customers and employees benefit from the “ghost” before it leaves for good!

EagleMonk Pub gives stage to local artists

The pandemic has caused discomfort for many people and taken away activities that normally would be indulged in. One local pub and brewery changed that for their customers. EagleMonk Pub and Brewery has live music every Wednesday. People come in and enjoy food and drinks. However, the real fun is when you enter the “beer garden”.