Each week, The Michigan Daily’s news desk will be publishing a most-read wrap up of the previous week’s most popular articles based on the number of online reads each article received. Here are the five most-read from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2:
Last Wednesday, hundreds of students walked out of their classes to protest the administration’s decision to not deny white supremacist Richard Spencer’s request to speak at the University of Michigan. This event was part of a larger collection of educational events and protests last week aimed at highlighting student and faculty resistance to Spencer’s ideas.
Despite the implementation of a January 2015 “no electronic cigarette” policy in University libraries, students say the use of e-cigarettes on campus is on the rise. So far, there is only a ban against “combustible tobacco products” on the main University campus.
The Daily spoke with University President Mark Schlissel regarding the administration’s decision to continue negotiations with Richard Spencer, the decision passed by Central Student Government on #UMDivest and the negative effects President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill could have on students.
After holding an emergency Board of Regents meeting Tuesday night, University President Mark Schlissel announced the University will begin deliberations with Richard Spencer’s team regarding time, place and nature of Spencer’s potential speaking event. Schlissel was clear that the event will not proceed if there is a risk to student safety.
In connection with the student walk-out and protests against Richard Spencer last week, a crowd of students, faculty and community members gathered in the Diag to allow individuals to share their own frustrations with the administration’s handling of Spencer’s request. Public Health graduate student Dana Greene, who kneeled in the Diag for 21 hours in September to protest systematic white supremacy, was one of the speakers.