February 24, 2021

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We hope you’re having a great midterms week as we inch toward Spring Break! You’re almost there, you’re doing great! The Michigan Daily has you covered with all the latest details from yet another tumultuous week in the news. This week, Russia invaded Ukraine following months of national tensions, Juwan Howard was subsequently suspended for a brawl in Madison on Sunday, the University Board of Regents held their first meeting with Interim President Mary Sue Coleman, COVID-19 cases on campus continued to improve and more.

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Russia invades Ukraine, Biden condemns ‘unprovoked and unjustified’ military aggression

Late Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a “special military operation” invasion in the Donbas area of Ukraine. The Russian invasion follows months of heightened tensions between the two nations after Russian began military exercises in Belarus near the Ukrainian border on Feb. 10. Relations between the two have soured since Russia first occupied portions of Ukraine in 2014. President Biden and other world leaders condemned the attacks as violating international law. These leaders have promised sanctions as the situation continues to develop.

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Michigan to suspend Juwan Howard for rest of regular season

Following a Michigan loss on Sunday in Madison, coach Juwan Howard was suspended for the rest of the regular season for his part in a brawl that transpired between players and coaches after the game. With a compelling win over Rutgers already under their belt, the Wolverines and interim coach Phil Martelli will play four more games before beginning Big Ten Tournament play. Read on to hear about the decision to suspend Howard, the statement Howard issued after the events and the fines Howard will face due to his actions.

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Community members denounce UMich Board of Regents’ handling of sexual misconduct

Last week, the University Board of Regents met for the first time since the termination of former University President Mark Schlissel. At the meeting, many students and U-M community members spoke about their experiences with sexual assault and the disappointment they felt when watching University presidents mishandle sexual misconduct in the past. Read on to learn about the lawsuit the University will face after sexual misconduct by former professor Bruce Conforth and how the University community is trying to factor representation of sexual assault survivors into the Presidental Search Committee. 

U-M officials report COVID-19 activity has decreased among U-M students compared to last week, and test positivity rates for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals are also on a downward trend. Quarantine housing is at 14.2% occupancy which is significantly less than its peak of almost 40% two weeks ago. 

Michigan Medicine has administered 150,077 total vaccination doses as of Wednesday evening, according to its website. Further, 95% of students, 82% of staff and 95% of faculty have reported they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The University reports 113 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 12 days, according to updates posted on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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