On April 9, two Republican-backed House Bills addressing sanctuary cities passed the first round of committee hearings in the Michigan state House of Representatives, advancing the bills a further step toward becoming laws.
Thursday afternoon, an explosion on the property of Ann Arbor Welding Supply started a fire, closing down parts of Carpenter Road and Morgan Road in Pittsfield Township. No injuries were reported by local officials.
Thursday morning, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and community members filled the new home of the Trotter Multicultural Center on South State Street. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Regent Ron Weiser and Cynthia Stephens, the 1st District Court of Appeals judge, were among the speakers at the Trotter Center’s opening ceremony.
Alphonse Pitawanakwat, a lecturer in the Native American Ojibwe language, opened up the ceremony, acknowledging the new Trotter Center’s location on land previously inhabited by the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes.
Following a Jan. 2 drunken driving arrest in Novi, Mich., Ann Arbor City Councilmember Zachary Ackerman, D-Ward 3, was sentenced in February to a year of probation and five days of community service. Despite the January arrest, Ackerman did not disclose his arrest to City Council and the public until he released a statement to the council on April 1.
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of over 10,000 at a rally in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. During the rally — Trump’s first of the 2020 campaign cycle — the president criticized his Democratic adversaries and largely concentrated on policies related to immigration and infrastructure pursued by his administration during the last two years.
Following a rally Wednesday afternoon on the Diag calling for the release of government whistleblower Chelsea Manning, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality — the youth and student wing of the Socialist Equality Party at the University of Michigan — held a follow-up meeting Thursday night at the Michigan League.
On Thursday afternoon, representatives from the recently formed One University Campaign met for their second coalition meeting at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, discussing a number of resolutions regarding the future leadership and objectives of the campaign.
On Tuesday night, more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students gathered in the Ross School of Business’s Blau Colloquium for an event titled “Poverty Simulation: Making Sense of Making it in America,” gaining a perspective on the daily decisions and dilemmas of people facing poverty in the U.S.
During the three-hour simulation, student participants were organized into families, assigned demographic roles and were subsequently faced with a series of socioeconomic obstacles, ranging from mortgage payments to childcare and daily transportation costs.