Starting this academic year, the University of Michigan will offer a new student health insurance plan. The new plan is offered by the Blue Care Network of Michigan, a change from the AETNA plan offered in previous years. The plan spans all three University campuses.
To commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Students of UMich will post a series of stories about sexual assault on Instagram. The student organization was founded by Information junior Somya Bhagwagar and has almost 4,500 followers on Instagram. The account seeks to “act as a microphone,” allowing students to share their stories without censorship.
Bhagwagar decided to feature stories about sexual assault after a number of people brought up the issue in interviews for her blog.
At the La Casa Unity Ball on Saturday, Latin Combo, a Caribbean-inspired band, played Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz’s iconic song “Carnival.” The music, punctuated with strong bass lines and trumpet accents, also had a number of people who got up to dance during the sit-down dinner.
According to LSA sophomore Stephanie Camarena, a member of the Unity Ball planning committee, music and dance are important parts of Latinx culture, and something the committee wanted to highlight at the ball.
The University of Michigan will purchase renewable energy annually from DTE Energy, a Detroit-based firm, starting in 2021. University officials say DTE will provide about half of the purchased electricity on the Ann Arbor campus. This will offer a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the University.
In the fall of 2013, the Black Student Union e-board sat in a room in Palmer Commons to discuss the possibility of a new hashtag. They hoped the hashtag, #BBUM — or, Being Black at the University of Michigan — would create an opportunity for Black students at the University to share their experiences on campus. Little did the e-board know, the hashtag would lead to a movement that six years later resulted in the relocation of the Trotter Multicultural Center.
On Tuesday afternoon, while pro-Israel and Jewish student groups held their annual Israel Day on the Diag event, about 15 students in support of Palestine gathered in the corner of the Diag and held a Palestinian flag. The Diag Day is centered around the celebration of Israel, but dissenters arrived to represent Palestine. The event prompted a passerby to call the Division of Public Safety and Security, despite the gathering remaining peaceful.
On March 30, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry will provide free dental care to children aged 4 to 18. The annual event, Give Kids a Smile Day, seeks to help communities that may have trouble accessing dental care, such as those in low-income communities, those without health insurance and those with accessibility issues.
On Monday, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted the 2019 Workforce Pipeline Summit to discuss the future of the workforce in Michigan. The summit had a few hundred attendees, and was a day-long event with lectures on educational inequity and hiring practices. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Raffaele Mautone, CIO and vice president of Duo Security, presented keynote speeches. The event took place at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building.
Drew Haynam was no ordinary Michigan football fan. Haynam, who passed away on Feb. 26, seriously loved Michigan football — so much so that his family decided to host his calling hours in maize and blue and play the fight song at his funeral. In lieu of flowers, his family asked for donations to be sent to the University of Michigan Alumni Association.