After doctors at Michigan Medicine took 14-year-old Bobby Reyes off life support on Oct. 15, Reyes’ mother Sarah Jones is working to pass legislation cementing the rights of parents in similar situations.
Earlier this month, the Washtenaw County Health Department debuted a new website to serve as a centralized hub for data on the health of county residents. The Health For All Washtenaw website features information from nine different census locations about approximately 250 different topics, including demographics, mental health, poverty and public safety.
On Oct. 15, two weeks after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide ban of flavored e-cigarettes took effect, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens granted a preliminary injunction allowing shops to continue selling flavored e-cigarettes until the ban is ruled on by another court. This will last for six months. The decision came after multiple vape shop owners filed lawsuits after the ban was announced.
Wallace House, a University of Michigan organization that sponsors fellowships for journalists and hosts events recognizing journalists’ work, held a panel event Monday night discussing the importance of returning American hostages home safely.
The Domestic Policy Corps and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy held a Governor Transition Leaders Panel Friday afternoon at the Ford School of Public Policy.. The event featured six speakers, all of whom worked on various Michigan gubernatorial transitions. About 50 people, the majority of them graduate students, attended.
A group of University of Michigan students recently launched Michigan Political Consulting, the first political consulting organization on campus. The non-partisan organization works with various state and national campaigns and currently comprises of an executive board and a small consulting team.
MPC Vice President Sam Burnstein, an LSA sophomore, said the group was founded to fill a gap in opportunities for campus involvement.
Article was updated with additional quotes from student activists.
The University Health Service at the University of Michigan is reversing its policy on billing students for sexually transmitted infection testing and sensitive testing through their insurance after receiving significant backlash from the campus community.
Thursday afternoon, the Weiser Diplomacy Center and American Academy of Diplomacy hosted a live recording of “American Diplomat: The Real Stories Behind the News” at the Ford School of Public Policy. “American Diplomat” is a podcast hosted by Peter F. Romero, former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador, and Laura Bennett, a writer and producer.
The event featured Thomas A. Shannon Jr., former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, and University professor Melvyn Levitsky — also a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil — and focused on recent political developments in Brazil.
Tuesday night, GrieveWell, an organization that helps people grieve through peer support, hosted Rebecca Soffer in an event at Literati Bookstore as part of the organization’s Grief Week event series. Rebecca Soffer co-authored “Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome” and was a producer of “The Colbert Report.”