In this special episode of Focal Point News, we take a look at some of the cool things Spartan students, facility, staff and alumni are doing. From crazy sports to serious studies to interesting inventions, learn more about the work being done here at Michigan State and all around the country by those who bleed green.
The first snow arrived in East Lansing this week… that definitely means it’s not swimming season anymore, but now it’s time for hockey. But is it possible to put the two together, swimming and hockey? One club does just that at Michigan State University. “I looked at it and I said, ‘Wow, this is really bizarre, I’m going to do it,'” club Vice President Emily Nestle said.
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.
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.
In this week’s news a Michigan boxer is on the road to the Olympics, Pennsylvania polls report voting machine problems during Tuesday’s election and Chris Brown hosts a massive yard sale at his California mansion. All this and more news on this edition of the Spartan News Update.
On this weeks episode of the Spartan Sports Report we have highlights from the mens hockey game against Cornell. Plus, the women’s cross country team are Big Ten Champions! That and more on the Spartan Sports Report!
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.
These fans have waited six months for one thing… Michigan State Madness. On this particular night, these fans waited in the cold for the mania that is Michigan State Madness. “I’m looking forward to meeting the men’s and women’s basketball teams,” Ferris State Graduate Lucas Wilkins said. Fans could meet the coaches and players, take photographs and get autographs as well.
On this episode of Focal Point News, we take a look at a group of sustainable students that received funding from the state to make CATA Bus stops safer. California’s ongoing wildfires continue to ravage the state with strong Santa Ana winds spreading the flames. Some spartan ghost hunters take us on an exclusive search for spooky activity. Joe Bachie is suspended indefinitely after testing positive for a drug banned by the Big Ten conference. East Lansing residents will be voting for city council members Tuesday, with six candidates running for three spots.