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SACUA addresses the release of student data for research

BY JOSH QIAN

During the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs’ regular meeting Monday, the committee spoke with James Hilton, vice provost for digital education initiatives and the dean of libraries, regarding the use of student information and data for research and teaching purposes.

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Ann Arbor Chronicle to close in September

BY EMMA KERR

Minutes after co-editors Dave Askins and Mary Morgan announced their decision to end the Ann Arbor Chronicle’s local coverage on its website Friday morning, messages of sadness and loss began pouring in, expressions from a community that has grown to depend on the Chronicle for thorough, reliable reporting on local government.

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University appoints new director of Public Affairs

BY SAM GRINGLAS

Rick Fitzgerald, associate director of the Office of Public Affairs and a University spokesman, has been appointed the office’s new director.

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University pulls students out of Israel

BY SHOHAM GEVA

The University pulled out several students in Israel on University-related business late last month and are currently monitoring the situation in the area to determine whether it will impact programs in the area for the fall and beyond, the University confirmed in a statement Tuesday evening.

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City Council approves Delta Chi demolition

BY EMMA KERR

At the Ann Arbor City Council meeting Thursday night, council members approved University fraternity Delta Chi's plans to grow and rebuild on campus after a 2002 recolonization.

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Christopher Taylor wins Democratic mayoral primary

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY EMMA KERR AND SHOHAM GEVA

Amid a crowded field in the Ann Arbor Democratic mayoral primary, city council member Christopher Taylor has won the position, carrying 7,070 of 16,591 votes cast for a total of 47.57 percent. He will face Bryan Kelly, an independent challenger, in the race for city mayor Nov. 4.

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Sixth circuit court opens trial on state gay marriage ban

BY SHOHAM GEVA

Wednesday, the 6th Circuit Court heard oral arguments in six pending cases from four different states concerning the legality of gay marriage, including one case from Michigan.

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Candidates compete in City Council Democratic primary

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BY EMMA KERR

Sumi Kailasapathy (D–Ward 1), Kirk Westphal and Julie Grand win the Democratic nominations in city council wards 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

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SACUA meets to discuss Fitness for Duty revision

BY EMMA KERR

Monday, during the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs’ first meeting since May, the committee considered a revision of the Fitness for Duty policy initiated by Provost Martha Pollack’s office.

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Downtown festival celebrates International Champions Cup

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BY HILLARY CRAWFORD

In anticipation of Saturday’s Manchester United vs. Real Madrid soccer match at the Big House, fans and Ann Arbor residents alike came to Main Street Friday to celebrate the event during an afternoon music and street festival.

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City Council to discuss Uber and Lyft

BY EMMA KERR

City Council meets this week to approve multiple land-use and zoning-related resolutions, consider a deer management plan, and discuss the first readings of taxicab ordinances that will directly affect the future of Uber and Lyft, car pick-up services using non-professional individuals as drivers, in Ann Arbor.

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University forest plot added to global network

BY IRENE PARK

Tuesday, a 57-acre forest research plot in the University’s Edwin S. George Reserve was added to the Forest Global Earth Observatory, an international effort to study forest ecology through the Smithsonian Institution.

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Football Student Advisory Council to give game day feedback

BY AMABEL KAROUB

Through Friday evening, undergraduate and graduate students were invited to apply to take part in the newly created Football Student Advisory Council, a committee whose members will attend football games throughout the season and give feedback to the department on the student experience.

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South Quad prepares to open doors in fall

BY SHOHAM GEVA

After closing for renovations last year, South Quad Residence Hall is preparing to re-open, ending one of three currently ongoing construction projects in the area, along with the Munger graduate dorm project and the West Quad Residence Hall renovation.

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UMEC begins to revamp constitution

BY MICHAEL SPAETH

In the wake of a Central Student Judiciary ruling in March that invalidated the results of the Engineering Council’s December election, UMEC has commenced work on a new constitution and bylaws.

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Orientation Issue

Religious life at the University

BY WILL GREENBERG

Sometime early on in freshman year, most students realize, “My parents aren’t here to make me get up on the weekends to go to religious services.” It’s true, religious life at the University comes with no parental mandate, but those looking to include religion in their lives are likely to find something to fit them.

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New Board of Regents candidate announces campaign

BY SHOHAM GEVA

Monday, Flint attorney Mike Behm announced his intention to run for the University’s Board of Regents.

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Solar car team wins national title

BY MICHAEL SPAETH

The University’s Solar Car Team won its fifth consecutive national title in the American Solar Challenge, continuing a legacy of first place victories in the competition.

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