Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:20pm
Marijuana graphic

Recreational marijuana is now closer than ever to becoming permitted by law in Michigan. A ballot petition being circulated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is "well past" 250,000 signatures, according to the group's spokesman Josh Hovey. The state of Michigan requires 252,523 valid signatures for the initiative to make it onto the ballot in November 2018.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:57pm

Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, is receiving flak this week for having taken five separate flights on private jets between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, which, according to Politico, in total likely cost taxpayers more than $60,000.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 4:57pm
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For the vast majority of undergraduate students at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, the prospect of raising a family is remote –– something they do not imagine doing for another several years, or at least until they graduate. According to Amy Szczepanski, campus child care homes network manager for Work Life Resource Center, there are only 57 undergraduates receiving a child care subsidy through the Office of Financial Aid — though the total number of undergraduate parents is likely slightly higher.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 5:41pm
President Mark Schlissel in a Regents meeting in the Michigan Union on Thursday.

Development

At the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents’ September meeting, Jerry May, the University’s vice president for development, announced that the University had raised a record-breaking $476 million from 130,000 donors in fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30. 

"We not only had one of the best summers that we've ever had, but we had the best year in terms of cash and private support," he said.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:59pm
Three former general counsels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spoke on a panel at South Hall on Wednesday.

More than 100 people showed up Wednesday afternoon at South Hall for a panel with three former general counsels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hosted by the University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program.

The panel, comprising the EPA's top lawyers during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, intended to review the major environmental challenges during each of their tenures as well as discuss the future of environmental policy in the Trump administration.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:27pm
Nao, the robot pictured, is just one example of the University's robotics research.

It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's a new improvement to robotics research at the University.  

Construction began last month for the College of Engineering's new, 9,600-square-foot, 50-foot-high, state-of-the-art drone-testing facility, and will be completed by the end of the year according to a University of Michigan press release. S. Jack Hu, vice president for research, said the facility will be the best of its kind.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 8:43pm
Students protest in defense of DACA on the Diag Tuesday.

William Lopez, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Social Work, noted many undocumented immigrants and their families were betting against the possibility of a rescission when they made the choice to register for DACA.

"Two, four, six years ago, whenever folks applied, they were thinking, 'If I give the government this information, will it be dangerous for my family?'," he said. "And we, as advocates and those with citizen privilege, of course encouraged them to do so, believing it would be safe to do so, and now we find ourselves in this position of wondering, is it safe?"

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 7:07pm

The University of Michigan is offering an early move-in to Texas residents planning to live in a University residence hall, anticipating some students may need refuge from Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall along the Texas coast early Saturday.

University Housing announced the offer on their Facebook page Friday afternoon.

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 12:51am
Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor at a City Council Meeting at Larcom City Hall in May 2017.

Ann Arbor residents voted Tuesday in the Democratic primary election for City Council.

In Ward 1, challenger Anne Bannister defeated incumbent Jason Frenzel with 944 votes to Frenzel's 829. Bannister was the only challenger to win on Tuesday — in Ward 3, Councilmember Zachary Ackerman won with 1,283 votes to opponent Stephen Kunselman's 1,098. In Ward 4, Councilmember Jack Eaton won with 1,256 votes to opponent Jaime Magiera's 963, and in Ward 5, Councilmember Chip Smith won with 1,948 votes to opponent David Silkworth's 1,749.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 6:56pm
DROUGHT co-founders Julie, Cait, Jenny, and Jesse James.

DROUGHT is not your typical family-owned business. It wasn't handed down from father to son over generations. Rather, it was founded in 2010 when the James sisters — Julie, Jenny, Jessie and Cait — realized there was an insatiable demand for organic, cold-pressed juice on the East Coast that had not yet been tapped into in the Midwest.