Members of the University of Michigan’s LSA Student Government unanimously voted on a resolution calling on the Board of Regents to permanently freeze fossil fuel investments. The resolution also encouraged the President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality to include fossil fuel divestment as one of their final suggestions to the University administration.
The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy held an event on the intersection between race, media and political attitudes Thursday afternoon, with a presentation from Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, an assistant professor of political science.
Ostfeld first addressed a decline in implicit racial stereotypes in favor of explicit racial generalization in political advertising. She said the public has become increasingly more accepting of explicit racism in messaging from political campaigns.
The Sigma Phi chapter at the University of Michigan is being sued by its national headquarters for admitting female and non-binary members into the traditionally male fraternity.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Oct. 20, claims the University’s chapter of Sigma Phi continued to use Sigma Phi’s trademarks for fundraising and merchandise purposes after the chapter was cut off from the national organization for admitting female and non-binary members.
The Trump campaign held a “Trump Pride” event this Thursday in Ann Arbor to appeal to LGBTQ+ voters, with around 30 attendees. Most attendees wore face masks for the duration of the event, but speakers took them off while they were on the podium. Former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, current Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations, headlined the event. Grenell became the highest-ranking openly LGBTQ+ government official in American history, and the only openly LGBTQ+ person to have ever served in the cabinet.
The University of Michigan chapter of Students for Biden hosted Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II Friday afternoon. Gilchrist, an alum of the University, discussed the importance of the 2020 election on both a national and state level and the role of young people in the election.
Prior to Gilchrist's speech, LSA sophomore Andrew Schaeffler, co-founder of the University’s chapter of Students for Biden, said he hoped the event, 11 days before the general election, would invigorate young voters.
The University of Michigan Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs met virtually to further discuss the name and charges for the proposed Faculty Senate Committee on Anti-Racism Monday afternoon. The Committee also outlined discussions on new Title IX employee-advisor training for next week’s Senate Assembly meeting.
Editor’s Note: The Michigan Daily has used several anonymous sources to report this story. As stated in the article, we are honoring our sources’ requests to be quoted anonymously due to fears of retaliation from their sorority houses or the greater fraternity and sorority life community, which is commonly referred to as Greek life.
While the pandemic brought restrictions on social interactions, it also provided time for students to explore their passions. During the past six months, some University of Michigan students tried their hand at new projects and even started their own small businesses.