Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:38pm

New legislation was introduced last week in the Michigan state Senate to remove the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

Feminine hygiene products — which include tampons, pads and reusable menstrual cups — are classified under the tax code as luxury items. This means they are subjected to the state’s 6-percent sales tax. However, Michigan’s code does exempt medically necessary goods, such as medications and catheters, from the sales tax. Legislators who proposed the bill argue that feminine hygiene products fall under this category.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 5:13pm
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled Friday that Ann Arbor’s decision to raise the legal age of buying cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21 is unlawful.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled Friday that Ann Arbor’s decision to raise the legal age of buying cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21 is unlawful because it contradicts a state law.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 2:43pm

This article has been updated to include remarks from the PhD student in question.

Iranian researcher Hamed Razavi recently received the Sumner Myers Award in January for best mathematics thesis at the University of Michigan. However, the University Ph.D. graduate will not accept the award in person due to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that barred immigration from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:10pm
President Donald Trump at a rally on February 1, 2016.

The Ann Arbor community reacted negatively to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the travel and resettlement of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States that was issued last Friday.  

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 2:04pm
President Mark Schlissel talks about the importance of diversity at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at Hill Auditorium on January 16, 2017.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, a University of Michigan alum, granted a temporary halt to Trump’s executive order banning the travel and resettlement of citizens from several Muslim-majority countries to the United States 24 hours after the order was signed.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 4:47pm
President Mark Schlissel at the Central Student Government Assembly meeting at the Union on November 7, 2016.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel released a statement Saturday morning affirming the University’s commitment to international students and faculty. Despite an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump that bans the immigration and travel of people from many Muslim-majority countries, Schlissel said the University will not release the immigration status information of its students.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:54pm
Dr. Swathi Yadlapalli at work in the Shafer Lab in the department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology on Thursday. As a professor of science, Dr. Yadlappali does not face issues surrounding politics in the classroom as other professors do.

LSA junior Enrique Zalamea, the president of the University of Michigan’s chapter of College Republicans, has a poster up in his room that reads, “Came to college, still not a liberal.” He said it stems from a joke, but the words on the poster mean a great deal to him. After all, it hasn’t been easy to defend his conservative views on campus.

“It's playing off that joke that college makes people more liberal, and when you think about it, it's true,” Zalamea said. “It all boils down to (how) liberalism is taught like a fact as opposed to an opinion.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 2:37pm
The Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize celebrates innovations in student learning in the classroom and across the world.

The Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, an award celebrating new, innovative approaches to student learning, is accepting nominations for innovative projects from professors across the University of Michigan until Jan. 31.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 7:12pm
SACUA chair William Schultz watches as Provost Martha Pollack opens a gift from the Faculty Senate Assembly in commemoration of Pollack's service to the University at Palmer Commons on Monday.

Members of the University of Michigan’s Senate Assembly passed a resolution on Monday brought forth by the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee regarding salary cuts as a way to demote faculty. The meeting was also a chance for the assembly to hear last remarks from outgoing Provost Martha Pollack and initial remarks from incoming Interim Provost Paul Courant, a public policy professor.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:14pm
On Monday, the 660-square-foot Michigan Solar House (MiSo) will be moved to Evart, Mich., in Osceola County.
Constructed for the 2005 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C., the house was a collaborative, interdisciplinary project between students and faculty from the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning and several other University departments. Since its completion, MiSo has sat in Ann Arbor’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens as a public exhibit to help raise awareness for solar power and technology.