The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project hosted the Washtenaw County Opioid Summit on Tuesday, where various state and local stakeholders came together for the discussion focused on the county’s high, but declining, rate of opioid overdoses and the link between trauma and addiction. Participants learned about opioid use in the county, heard testimonials and attended breakout sessions relating to primary prevention, pain management, harm reduction, treatment and recovery.
The Institute for the Humanities hosted “The Power of Pronouns” as part of their High Stakes Culture series Tuesday evening. Panelists spoke about the linguistics behind gendered pronouns and what language may be used in the future.
Pushing a strand of magenta hair out of her face, Ruth Leonela Buentello recovered from a tearful moment. Buentello, this year’s Efroymson Emerging Artist in Residence, was recounting an incident in her hometown of San Antonio where nine migrants died in a case of human smuggling.
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.