Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:43pm
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor listens at a city council meeting on February 6, 2017.

City Administrator Howard Lazarus requested an internal investigation into potential conflicts of interest in the awarding of city contracts, according to emails obtained by the Daily and verified by Lazarus and members of City Council.

In an email addressed to City Council and the mayor on Saturday, Lazarus wrote he had requested the city’s purchasing department to inquire whether ethics rules were violated in awarding approximately $1.3 million in city contracts to companies affiliated with seven political appointees to city boards and commissions between 2010 and 2016.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:58pm

The first episode of “The Next Four Years,” a web series created by University of Michigan alum Nick Blaemire, was released Wednesday on the web series’ website, The series will comprise eight episodes, which will all be released online.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:49pm
President Schlissel speaks at the CGS town hall on the Provost at the Michigan League on Monday.

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Advisory Committee held a town hall meeting Monday evening, seeking public input on the search process for the position, which oversees academic and budgetary affairs for the University of Michigan.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 4:12pm

Updates regarding three hate crimes that occurred at the end of last year have been released by the Ann Arbor Police Department. Following the conclusion of a joint investigation with the FBI, AAPD and the Division of Public Safety and Security, two of the three crimes were deemed as being falsely reported and the other investigation is currently inactive because of lack of information.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:32pm

Whether you are applying for your first summer job or a high-stakes professional career, job interviews are often the most frightful part of the entire hiring process. LSA senior Krysten Dorfman is one of countless job-seekers who has felt this nervousness when seeking employment opportunities.

“You’re coming in and talking to someone who’s a stranger and you don’t know who they are, they don’t know who you are,” Dorfman said. “I feel like there’s a lot of pressure to present yourself really well, really quickly and really efficiently.”

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:13pm
History professor Michelle McClellan, Anthropology professor Gayle Rubin, University of Michigan-Dearborn Dean Martin Hershock, and Shippensburg University professor Justin Quist spoke about the University's history at East Quad Friday.

The LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester hosted its second symposium Friday in East Quad entitled “1877: Reconstructing the University of Michigan.” The event was a panel discussion Reconstruction in the aftermath of the Civil War in Michigan, including how the University’s modern image was shaped by the admittance of female students.

Michelle McClellan, associate history and Residential College professor explained how Reconstruction was a time of disarray, in which the country was trying to experiment with ways to reunite the country.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 3:25pm
Dozens of pro-choice and pro-life activists protested in front of the Planned Parenthood location on West Stadium on Saturday morning.

Early Saturday morning approximately 30 abortion opponents from throughout Michigan were met with an overwhelming number of about 400 abortion rights advocates, mostly from Ann Arbor, chanting, “My body, my choice” along the sidewalks in front of west Ann Arbor’s Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that offers reproductive health care services as well as testing for STIs, breast cancer screenings and services for the LGBTQ community.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:57pm
Susan L. Taylor, former Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine, speaks for the 2017 ALE Conference at Ross on Friday.

Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement — a movement aiming to reduce the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans — delivered a keynote speech about finding one’s purpose to approximately 100 people in the Ross School of Business Robertson Auditorium Friday night. The speech was a part of the kick-off even of the 41st annual Alfred L. Edwards conference, hosted and organized by the Ross Black Business Students Association.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:41pm

Every year, the Women of Color in the Academy Project recognizes one University of Michigan faculty member with the Shirley Verrett Award for their efforts in empowering female students of color in the arts. Now in its sixth year, the program commended Anita Gonzalez, head of the Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies minor, Wednesday evening for her dedication to her students and the arts.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:03pm
A fire truck is parked outside the Chemistry building on Wednesday.

The University of Michigan Chemistry building was evacuated and closed due to a lab fire at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

DPSS spokesperson Diane Brown said the incident, caused by an inflamed drum container, is still under investigation.

“We’re investigating what caused the fire, but shortly after the fire department arrived they were able to quickly extinguish the fire,” Brown said. “It had not spread, so there was no other damage other than to the container in which the fire occurred.”

Brown said no injuries had been reported.