Data collection for the 2020 Census began early last week, just as many students left their colleges amid the COVID-19 pandemic to return home. The U.S. Census Bureau released a statement on March 15 detailing how their operations would change to ensure people are accurately counted. The statement declared the Bureau is committed to counting as many students as possible. The Bureau also said students should respond with their school address — regardless of where they are living on Census Day, April 1 — and has provided answers to common questions on their website.
As Michigan gears up for the March 10 Democratic primary, University of Michigan students are comparing the positions of front-runners former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. on issues relating to higher education.
Affordability of four-year colleges and universities has been an important topic throughout the primary. Both candidates’ platforms include measures to increase affordability and reduce student loan debt, focusing heavily on the expansion of Pell grants, a federal subsidy provided to students from low-income families.
Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator hoping to win the Democratic presidential nomination, has made an extensive effort to reach out to the Muslim community, garnering large support. Arab American and Muslim groups on various social media platforms use #Muslims4Bernie and #InshallahBernie to show their support. Many in the Muslim community have taken to referring to Sanders as “Amo Bernie,” meaning “Uncle Bernie.”
After the City of Ann Arbor placed Police Chief Michael Cox on administrative leave earlier this month, the Independent Community Police Oversight Commission hosted a community forum to discuss Cox’s leave. Approximately 50 community members and city leaders attended the meeting on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor City Hall.
Linh Song, board president of Ann Arbor District Library, announced her bid for Ann Arbor City Council on Monday. She will run in Ward 2 as a Democrat for the seat that Councilmember Jane Lumm, an Independent, currently holds.
Lumm has represented Ward 2 since November 2011 and has been the only non-Democrat on City Council for several years. She also served as Ward 2 Councilmember from 1993 through 1997 as a Republican.
In what has since become a viral internet video, one man asked a Latinx parent, who is the owner of Ann Arbor restaurant Chela’s, at a Saline Area Schools community meeting why he had come to the United States instead of “stay(ing) in Mexico.”
Daily reporters Julia Rubin, Brayden Hirsch and Emma Ruberg talked to students and Saline Area community members on the impact and implications of this incident and other conversations surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion in the district.
Rep. Debbie Dingell and state Rep. Yousef Rabhi, both D-Ann Arbor, and four other panelists answered questions about the upcoming decennial U.S. 2020 Census on Saturday morning. The Ann Arbor League of Women Voters and Tappan Middle School co-hosted the event.