December 9, 2021

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Welcome to the Dec. 9 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you’re surviving finals and enjoying the pride of being a Michigan Wolverine after a triumphant Big 10 Championship win over the weekend!

This week, The Michigan Daily releases the 2021 Statement Sex Edition, explores why  more than 100 restaurants in Ann Arbor have closed in the past three years, debriefs how to get your booster shot on campus and covers Michigan football’s preparation for the Orange Bowl game against Georgia on New Year’s Eve.

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The Statement’s 2021 Sex Edition

“The final stretch of the semester is upon us. Research papers, exams, thirty-degree weather. If you are exhausted, you are in good company. If you are searching for any last grain of motivation that you can possibly muster to study, you are in great company. And apparently, if you have not had sex this semester, you are in absolutely fabulous company.” 

The Statement, The Daily’s long-form magazine, surveyed over 3,000 U-M students to see who is, and who isn’t, having sex at Michigan. Here’s what we found. Statement columnists also dove into how we talk about sex in college, hookup culture, the female orgasm, hookup apps, and more in the annual Sex Edition.

More than 100 Ann Arbor restaurants closed in the past three years. How have these closures affected the community?

Looking for your favorite Ann Arbor business? Can’t find it? The Daily analyzed Washtenaw County Health Department inspection records as part of an investigation into local business closures over the last three years. We found that 106 Ann Arbor businesses had closed, with more than 49 restaurants closing in 2020 alone. 

Increasing rent prices, the influx of corporate chains and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have left many Ann Arbor staples deserted. Nick Reynolds, social media manager of Pinball Pete’s, an arcade with locations in Ann Arbor and East Lansing, said the business struggled to make ends meet as rent continued to pile up and the arcade had to remain closed. 

“When a business is forced to be closed, it doesn’t make the property owners stop asking for rent payments, and to stop having to pay for electricity and to stop paying taxes,” Reynolds said. “But with 100% of the business closed (for in-person services in spring 2020), there was just no way for us to make those payments. We didn’t have enough money to help us keep our locations and our businesses alive for over a year.”

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Michigan looks forward to Georgia despite not receiving No. 1 ranking

Michigan’s blowout win over the Iowa Hawkeyes awarded them the Big Ten Championship trophy and propelled them to the Orange Bowl, facing off against the Georgia Bulldogs in Miami on Dec. 31.

While Georgia’s recent loss to Alabama toppled them from their long-held No. 1 spot, it’s hard to picture a National Championship game without them in it. But, as the Wolverines have said all season, they aren’t flinching. 

“We’re gonna be looking forward to it,” junior quarterback Cade McNamara said Sunday. “We know that it’ll be a challenge for us, and they have a good defense, but I think we’ve got a solid team ourselves. So I know that we’ll be confident, and I know we’re gonna be looking forward to it.”

COVID-19 booster shots are available on a walk-in basis at multiple University Health Service pop-up clinics. On Dec. 9, 10 and 13, students, faculty and staff can receive either their first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccine, or the flu shot, at the clinics.

Insurance cards must be presented, but students are not required to pay out of pocket. Those planning to receive either the booster shot or regular dose will need to bring their COVID-19 vaccine card.

Pop-ups are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:

  • Dec. 9 in the South Quad Residence Hall Transformer Lounge
  • Dec. 10 in the Bursley Residence Hall Blue Market dining area
  • Dec. 13 in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall upper dining area

The Food and Drug Administration approved the booster shot on Nov. 29 for all individuals 18 and older, at least six months after their completion of the initial two-dose sequence of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or at least two months after the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Read more about the booster shot and where to get it near campus.

The biggest news, Tweets, events of interest (and maybe some jokes) captured from Twitter.

Game-by-frame: Michigan football’s Big Ten Championship win

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Senior Goodbyes 2021

At the end of every calendar year, a new group of seniors finish their year-long positions at The Michigan Daily. From across every section, many Daily staffers write their last byline — and some even write their first — as they pen their senior goodbye, a reflection on their time within the physical (and virtual) bounds of the newsroom and a chance to thank those who most enriched their time here.

Click here to read senior goodbyes from those graduating in Dec. 2021 or May 2022.

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