March 21, 2022

Tut Tut it looks like spring! Happy Monday from your A2 Outlook team! This week marks the second week of stunning weather AND the start of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

This weekend was an exciting one for Michigan athletics. Hockey and women’s gymnastics won Big Ten championships, and men’s and women’s basketball advanced in March Madness.

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University of Michigan students enjoy the warm spring weather in the Diag Wednesday. Ali Chami/Daily. Buy this photo.

ZINGERMAN’S 40TH: Zingerman’s Delicatessen turned 40 last Tuesday and celebrated with a fundraiser supporting Habitat For Humanity of Huron Valley. The Ann Arbor staple restaurant has raised more than $5,700 as of March 14 with a goal of raising $40,000 by the end of the month. 

Ann Arbor based author Micheline Maynard released a book titled Satisfaction Guaranteed on Feb. 22 detailing Zingerman’s business model and the impact the iconic deli has on Ann Arbor. 

“A lot of businesses set out first to make a profit, and that’s not where (Zingerman’s) is,” Maynard said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re buying one bagel; the people that wait on you basically treat you like you’re the only customer that ever came in there.”

PAY DAY: City Council will meet to vote on the Resolution to Direct the Allocation of American Rescue Plan Act Funding on April 4. The distribution of funds was put together by city staff after two months of gathering public input and meeting with various committees. The resolution will be voted on by City Council to ultimately decide how $24.1 million will be spent on city projects. 

FLYING HIGH: The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission listed selecting a new flag as one of its 2022 goals. Mayor Christopher Taylor requested the commission work on the project, which he believes could “deepen civic pride.” Another one of the commission’s goals for this year is to install a Black Lives Matter mural downtown. 

DECRIMINALIZATION CONSIDERATION: Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the University of Michigan, a student group advocating for the complete decriminalization of drug possession in Ann Arbor, is calling on City Council to adopt SSDP’s basis for policy reform. This advocacy follows City Council effectively decriminalizing psychoactive mushrooms last September.

AAPS GETS AN A+: Ann Arbor students receive the fourth best public school education, according to rankings from Niche, a ranking and review website, released Sunday. The list compares graduation rates, teacher quality and standardized test scores from 228 school districts. The ranking falls from Ann Arbor’s 2021 second place below Naperville, IL.

Ann Arbor was also ranked as the 6th best city to live in America, maintaining its ranking from last year.

“University divests from Russian investments following invasion of Ukraine”The Michigan Daily  

“Ann Arbor office fire under investigation”MLive   

“Officials seek $2M grant to bring solar energy, home upgrades to Ann Arbor neighborhood”MLive 

“University announces they will light up Burton Tower in solidarity with Ukraine”The Michigan Daily 

“Ann Arbor planning large Black Lives Matter street mural in Kerrytown”MLive    

“Journalist Maria Shriver, Dr. Anthony Fauci and computer scientist Maria Klawe chosen to speak at 2022 UMich commencement ceremonies”The Michigan Daily 

“How a big tax increase could reshape public transit in Ann Arbor area” MLive   

“U-M student organizations develop education assistance program for Afghan refuges”The Michigan Daily 

“Ann Arbor Film Festival’s 60th anniversary will address historic omissions and look to the future”Concentrate

“Ann Arbor tells feds it’s willing to scale back $171M vision for new train station”MLive

“Michigan climate plan set to reach governor’s desk by Earth Day”MLive

According to the most recently available data, Washtenaw County reported 44 new COVID-19 cases on March 18 and 482 cases over the past two weeks. As of March 15, 82.1% of Washtenaw County residents aged 16 and over and 57.6% of residents aged 5 to 11 have received at least one vaccine dose.

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