The University of Michigan feels like a ghost town.
In any normal year, April might be one of the most active months on campus. As the weather warms up, students cautiously come out of hibernation. The Diag comes alive with picnickers and hammockers, resembling stock photos of an idyllic college campus. This is when freshmen venture down to Blank Slate to get their first ice cream scoops of the calendar year and when seniors frolic in caps and gowns, showing their families around a campus they have called home for four years.
Students and community members attended a virtual webinar event on reproductive, environmental and criminal justice Saturday afternoon. Students for Reproductive Rights and Justice in conjunction with Earth Day 2020 hosted the event. The webinar featured speaker Siwatu Salama-Ra, an advocate for the liberation and dignity of women, an organizer for environmental justice and a prison abolitionist.
Four University of Michigan student teams competed virtually in the first prize competition, titled Reimagining Nuclear Waste, to address the social, political and economic challenges facing the advancement of the clean energy economy on Friday afternoon.
Co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the competition hoped to encourage college students to brainstorm ways to alter the perception of nuclear waste in a society that currently distrusts the market.
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, an organization that works towards improving nonprofits, in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County, held a virtual conversation about the inequities both in and outside of health care community leaders within Washtenaw County have noticed. It was the first in a series of conversations called “Centering Justice.”
The University of Michigan has contacted thousands of former student-athletes who may have been treated by the late University doctor Robert E. Anderson as part of its investigation into Anderson’s alleged abuse, according to a University press release Tuesday morning.
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs held an online meeting on Monday afternoon with Interim Provost Susan M. Collins as a guest to discuss current operations at the University of Michigan in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite being unable to host the event in-person due to the coronavirus outbreak, VictorThon attendees danced their way virtually to raising a preliminary sum of more than $280,000 for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital over the weekend.
VictorThon has been the culminating event for Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan since the organization was first established on campus 23 years ago. During the event, attendees typically stand on their feet and dance for 24 hours continuously.
Michigan state Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, held a virtual town hall on Facebook Live Saturday morning to discuss the state’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. About 60 viewers tuned in as Rabhi covered issues such as health care access, unemployment benefits and K-12 school closures.
In a press release Sunday afternoon, the Washtenaw County Health Department announced that an elderly man with underlying health conditions passed away at Michigan Medicine on Sunday from reasons attributed to COVID-19.
As of Sunday afternoon, there are currently 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washtenaw County, and 1,035 cases in Michigan.