Two iconic local cinemas have been out of commission since mid-March. Both the Michigan Theater and State Theatre have been closed since March 16, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order temporarily restricting operations at entertainment venues to limit the spread of COVID-19. While restaurants across the state began to reopen in the summer, only theaters in select regions were permitted to resume showings.
The Board of Regents held its sixth meeting of the year Thursday afternoon to hear from public commenters urging the University of Michigan to consider student input on administrative decisions and to continue expanding plans for an in-residence academic year.
All Regents, except Regent Katherine White (D), and University executive officers were present for the meeting. This was the first meeting in which Regents Denise Ilitch (D) and Jordan Acker (D) served as chair and vice chair of the board.
The Board of Regents failed to approve a budget for the University during the 2020-2021 academic year on Thursday, dividing evenly over the issue of proposed tuition increases across all three campuses and additional funding for the Flint and Dearborn campuses.
The University of Michigan reported that emergency student funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act has been awarded to approximately 5 percent of eligible students as of Tuesday.
The CARES Act, which offered emergency grants to institutions of higher education to counteract the effects of the pandemic, provided $25.2 million to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, with the condition that at least half of the allocated funds be distributed to students for emergency financial aid.
As most University of Michigan operations and travel remain disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, findings from one of the analysis teams for the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality suggests there are opportunities to reduce University travel in order to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
As Michigan Medicine continues to treat COVID-19 patients, hospital residents, who are currently serving as frontline workers in the pandemic, are pushing for wage increases, voicing their frustration with administrators ahead of their collective bargaining contract expiration date in late June.
LSA announced in a press release Tuesday morning the Kessler Presidential Scholars Program, a scholarship program that currently supports first-generation students at the University of Michigan and Cornell University, will expand to four additional institutions of higher education including Johns Hopkins University, Queens College, St. Francis College and Syracuse University.
The six universities form the Kessler Scholars Collaborative as part of an initiative to foster a community of first-generation students through research and access to campus resources.
On Friday, a caravan of approximately 100 cars drove across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to disrupt traffic and protest the exploitation of undocumented immigrants in essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Movimiento Cosecha, a nonviolent national movement advocating for the respect and protection of undocumented immigrants’ rights, organized the protest as part of a nationwide movement of demonstrations in Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Indiana and Georgia.