Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:15pm
Stephen Shipps, a retired professor at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, faces two charges of transporting a female minor across state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct.

Update: Shipps pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of transporting a female minor across state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct.

Stephen Shipps, a retired professor at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has been formally charged with two counts of transporting a female minor across state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct, according to a Thursday announcement from U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:58pm
Knight's Steakhouse reopened after an employee contracted coronavirus Tuesday afternoon.

Knight’s Steakhouse locations on Dexter Avenue and East Liberty Street reopened Tuesday after closing on Friday, Oct. 24 because employees had contracted the novel coronavirus. The employees in question worked during dinnertime on Monday, Oct. 19; Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21 and were asymptomatic at the time.

While Knight’s initially said on Facebook that they would not be able to reopen until Wednesday, in a more recent statement on their Facebook page, management said they had decided to reopen on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 2:02pm
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In a typical semester, Rackham student Ryan Glauser is jumping from building to building on any given day. He may have meetings in Mason Hall, teach discussion sections as a graduate student instructor in the Modern Languages Building or conduct research in Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. 

This year, Glauser spends most of his time in his room, a space once dedicated as a place away from school that has now become a Zoom background. Glauser teaches a 300-level history course, takes classes, answers emails and holds office hours from his bedroom. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:24pm
Dr. Kyle Whyte speaks over Zoom Tuesday night.

Dr. Kyle Whyte, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan, addressed moral and political issues concerning climate change and Indigenous peoples at a Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs event Tuesday night.

Whyte started off by addressing the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the land where they live. In Native culture, the environment — abiotic and biotic factors — are viewed as personal relatives rather than as providing  recreational or financial value, Whyte said.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 11:49am
The Michigan Marriage Pact returns with a new questionnaire maybe to help students find potential future partners while staying socially distanced.

With social distancing, endless quarantine periods and nearly all aspects of everyday life taking place over Zoom, finding love amid the chaos of 2020 is challenging. The Michigan Marriage Pact is back to help.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:54pm
Cecelia Muñoz discussed her new book and her experience being a woman of color in the workplace during a Ford Policy Talk on Monday.

In the most recent event in the Ford School of Public Policy’s Policy Talks series, Cecelia Muñoz, political advisor and author, spoke about her new book and her experiences as a woman of color in the workplace. Muñoz also discussed economic and social policy, economic recovery post-COVID-19 and immigration policy. 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:51pm
University President Mark Schlissel speaks at the annual DEI Summit Monday morning.

The University of Michigan held its annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit via Zoom Monday morning, focusing on the current campus culture. 

On the theme of “Arts and Social Change,” the livestream opened with a series of paintings, drawings and alternative art forms submitted by student and faculty contributors. The pre-summit slideshow also featured photos from Black Lives Matter protests in Detroit this past summer, emphasizing the significance of systemic racism and working towards a more equitable world. 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:06pm
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More than sixty members from the University of Michigan Senate Assembly met via Zoom Monday afternoon to discuss the University’s interim sexual misconduct umbrella policy, University anti-racism measures and relations between the faculty senate and the University administration following the vote of no confidence in University President Mark Schlissel. 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 4:41pm
Residents of Henderson House, a housing co-operative run by the University of Michigan Housing, express concerns about their current housing situation.

Residents of Henderson House, a co-operative run by University of Michigan Housing, are furious with Michigan Housing after administrators shut off their kitchen appliances and told residents to buy meal plans. Housing has said these changes were made out of safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 11:31am
The stay-in-place order has lowered sales for local businesses and restaurants.

In the week since the start of Washtenaw County’s stay-in-place order for undergraduate students at the University of Michigan, sales have dipped for some businesses in Ann Arbor. Jerusalem Garden, a popular restaurant run by City Councilmember Ali Ramlawi, D-Ward 5, has experienced a decrease in customer traffic since the order took effect.